A few years ago, I had the honor of walking a section of the Florida Trail at Clearwater Lake with the trail’s founder, Jim Kern, to celebrate the beginning of the Florida Trail at this spot in 1966. As we walked, Jim said “we blazed the trail on the other side of the lake.” We […]
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News, trail updates, and conservation issues, as well as our explorations of trails around Florida and the world.
Hobe Mountain, that is … the highest point in Florida south of Lake Okeechobee, if you don’t count the mountainous landfills seen along Florida’s Turnpike. Okay, make that the highest natural landform in South Florida. And to top it off … a tower. Check out this short walk with a fabulous view at Jonathan Dickinson […]
Enjoy a cool dip in the Blackwater River at Blackwater River State Park near Milton. The Florida Trail runs right through the park, crossing Deaton Bridge, but your best access to the least-busy broad sandy beach on a river bend is along the Chain of Lakes Trail, an interpretive trail that follows old oxbows left […]
Yesterday I had the opportunity to cruise the Dora Canal with Blue Heron Cruises out of the Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora. It’s been nearly 5 years since my last trip down the canal, and I’d forgotten just how much of a wonderland of ancient cypresses is hiding in there. It’s truly one of Florida’s […]
North of Panama City, this little-known trail is a real gem. I discovered it last month while canvassing the region for new places to hike, and what a delight to find a trail that showcases some of the best geology this area has to offer. The Econfina Nature Trail starts at Pitt Spring off SR […]
Here’s a new one for the blogroll: Florida Footpaths, a website celebrating the stories along the trails of the Ocala National Forest by actress Kim Crow. She and her husband have a home in Hog Valley, and they meander the byways and trails soaking up stories and sharing them via audio and video presentations. See the site!
Within just a few miles of the Fort Lauderdale Airport, I-95, the Florida Turnpike, and the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, there’s a Secret Woods right under Fort Lauderdale’s nose. That’s Secret Woods Nature Center, the first-ever designated urban wilderness in Florida, established in 1978. With a little over a mile’s worth of trails […]
It’s summer, but that shouldn’t stop you from playing outdoors. Down in the quiet town of Osprey between Sarasota and Venice, you can see their namesake bird along South Creek at Oscar Scherer State Park. The extensive trail system gets you deep into Florida scrub-jay habitat, but a summer morning is best enjoyed with a […]
Years ago, I had a wonderful time hiking with a bunch of friends at Grassy Waters Preserve, a nature center with trails north and south of Northlake Blvd in northern Palm Beach County. At the time, the fellow who led the hike mentioned that plans were in the works for hiking trails to be built […]
Noted in passing, on our journey down SR 20: Freeport has a public park close to (and across from) the library, H.A. Laird Park, which sports a very inviting boardwalk nature trail into what appears to be a cypress swamp. We didn’t have time to visit this trip, but perhaps you will: see the city website for […]