The Florida National Scenic Trail 2012 State of the Trail Report is now available for download from the USDA Forest Service.
Resources for Florida hikers, including apps, books on Florida's outdoors, land management agency information, and websites.
My dear friend Linda “eArThworm” Patton has just set up shop at www.booksforhikers.com, where she is moving and expanding her long-time Backcountry Bibliography to include many more written resources for hikers. For those not in the know, Linda’s a retired librarian and just can’t help herself. Yup, she’s got shelves, bookcases, and stacks of these […]
With the hot temperatures and sudden thunderstorms we’ve been having of late, it’s a reminder that Florida’s hiking season is NOT summertime. Granted, you can go out into the swamps of South Florida and enjoy yourself, or hit the trail in our northerly areas early, but summer doldrums are at their peak right now, with […]
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!
Interested in digging into the details of what’s going on in Florida forests and the forests of the Southeast in general? The Forest Encyclopedia Network is one of those websites you should bookmark. It’s a gateway to research papers on the Southern Appalachians, fire science in the Southeast, bioenergy resources, and all branches of the […]
Thanks to a posting about Mike DeWitt’s video (see a few blogs ago), I stumbled across a website called BestHike.com. Today’s post concerns hikers lost in the jungles of French Guyana for 7 weeks. Since I’ve hiked all around the world, it’s a blast to find a site devoted to hiking everywhere and anywhere. Bookmark […]
I’m surprised I haven’t seen this message in every newspaper and outdoor-related magazine across Florida: outdoor recreation on National Lands just became affordable! In January, the Federal Government started selling a new National Public Lands Pass. It’s designed to replace the mess of passes that one person had to get to visit all the federal […]
Tripped over a snake on a Florida trail? Stopped in your tracks watching one in the water? We’ve all had these moments that make us wary. The good news is that there are only six species of venomous snakes in Florida, and they’re pretty easy to identify. Especially after you take a look at this […]
Yesterday, the National Forests in Florida unveiled a new website that will have outdoor enthusiasts roaming even more of the Ocala National Forest in search of their favorite activities. I’m delighted to share that I played a role in putting this together (as a part of the National Forests in Florida web team) to promote […]
Florida is dry. Downright crispy. And these conditions make it easy for fires to spark and spread. Have you noticed smoke in your neighborhood lately? I’ve seen it for weeks here in Ocala – first from the big fires in the Okeefenokee Swamp, and now drifting in from fires more local to us. Before you […]