With more than 1,200 miles of coastline, Florida’s habitats include many communities adapted to life along the sea, where wind and salt spray shape the environment.
Florida is home to more than 80 unique ecosystems, from Appalachian-style bluffs and ravines to tropical forests with Caribbean trees. It's this biodiversity that makes Florida a compelling place to hike.
Florida is a haven of biodiversity, with 81 distinct biological communities. It’s one of the best reasons to hike in Florida: an ever-changing landscape.
Forests come in many different forms in Florida, ranging from broad and open to densely packed with vegetation.
Florida’s prairies come in two flavors: dry and wet. Prairies are treeless, open grasslands, many of which are seasonally inundated with water.
Florida’s desert, the scrub, forms on well-drained, loose “sugar sand” deposited along ancient shorelines, hosting Florida’s oldest plant communities.
Florida has numerous wetland habitats – forests, prairies, and swamps – that get flooded or seasonally inundated during the summer months or rainier years.