Since 1966, the Florida Trail has been Florida’s biggest destination for backpackers, with hundreds of trailheads and access points. Along its 1,500 mile length, most are within an hour of most major cities in Florida.
Since 2001, we’ve been researching and writing guidebooks to help you day hike, backpack, and thru hike the Florida Trail.
We partner with FarOut Guides (formerly known as Guthook) to provide trail details for a Florida Trail app with an abundance of waypoints on up-to-date geolocated maps, as well as Eastern Continental Trail details for Florida.
We’ve photographed our own end-to-end hike of the Florida Trail for a mini coffee table book, and produced a large format coffee table book covering the full history of the first 50 years of our National Scenic Trail in Florida.
- 1 About the Florida Trail
- 1.1 Plan your Florida Trail Hike
- 1.2 Choosing Gear for a Florida Trail Hike
- 1.3 Florida Trail Map
- 1.4 Best Hikes on the Florida Trail
- 1.5 Florida Trail Backpacking
- 1.6 Biking the Florida Trail
- 1.7 Section Hiking the Florida Trail
- 1.8 Thru Hike the Florida Trail
- 1.9 Florida Trail Updates
- 1.10 Florida Trail for Scouting
- 1.11 The Florida Trail: A History
- 2 Florida Trail by Region
- 3 Florida Trail by Section
- 3.1 Florida Trail, Big Cypress
- 3.2 Florida Trail, Seminole
- 3.3 Florida Trail, Okeechobee
- 3.4 Florida Trail, Kissimmee
- 3.5 Florida Trail, Orlando
- 3.6 Florida Trail, Ocala
- 3.7 Florida Trail, Western Corridor
- 3.8 Florida Trail, Northeast Florida
- 3.9 Florida Trail, Suwannee
- 3.10 Florida Trail, Big Bend
- 3.11 Florida Trail, Apalachicola
- 3.12 Florida Trail, Central Panhandle
- 3.13 Florida Trail, Eglin
- 3.14 Florida Trail, Blackwater
- 3.15 Florida Trail, Seashore
- 4 Florida Trail Connectors
- 5 Florida Trail Maps
About the Florida Trail
Two loops, two spurs, and over 1,500 miles of blazes from one end of this gigantic state to another. It’s a lot to take in.
The Florida Trail is one of only eleven long distance trails distinguished as a National Scenic Trail in America.
It is the only long distance trail in the United States that is a winter destination, as winter is our prime season for backpacking in Florida.
But it’s not just about backpacking and camping. There are segments of the Florida Trail that make enjoyable day hikes, and there are portions shared with bike routes that work well for cyclists.
Drawing a growing number of section hikers and thru-hikers every year, the trail has a growing long distance hiker community.
We’ve been writing about the Florida Trail since 2001, so you can count on us as a trusted source of information.
Updates to our current edition of The Florida Trail Guide (Fourth Edition, published Nov 2021), keyed to pages and mileage numbers in each segment of the trail presented through the book.
In 2016, we celebrated the trail’s 50th anniversary by compiling its long and storied history into a coffee table book.
Florida Trail by Region
Since the Florida Trail stretches from one end of Florida to the other, we have broken up information on it by sections within regions. You’ll find those here.
Florida Trail by Section
These sections of the Florida Trail are listed from south to north, matching how they are described in The Florida Trail Guide. Within each you’ll find information on hikes in that section.
38.3 miles. Featuring the wettest, wildest wilderness traversed by backpackers in Florida, the Florida Trail in Big Cypress National Preserve is both beautiful and extraordinarily challenging.
56.2 miles. Stretching from the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation to Lake Okeechobee, the Florida Trail Seminole section traverses a vast agricultural region, the former Everglades. Hiking is on roads and levees.
112.8 miles. Looping around one of America’s largest lakes, the Okeechobee section of the Florida Trail provides panoramic views from atop the Herbert Hoover Dike.
111.3 miles. Following the Kissimmee River floodplain, this is a scenic section of the Florida Trail with a mix of levees, shady woods, river views, open prairies, and cattle ranches.
148.0 miles. Spanning from the Ocala National Forest south through the prairies of Osceola County, the Orlando section of the Florida Trail encompasses the eastern suburbs of the Orlando metro
72.3 miles. The birthplace of the Florida Trail and home of the world’s largest sand pine scrub forest, the Ocala section is Florida’s top backpacking destination
241 miles. With segments linking Withlacoochee State Forest and the Cross Florida Greenway, the Western Corridor provides access to wild spaces between Tampa and Ocala
123 miles. Showcasing the best public lands, the Florida Trail walks you into the past between Palatka and Osceola National Forest, through rural farms and timber lands.
116.2 miles. After crossing rural farms and forests in the Big Bend, the Florida Trail reveals the secrets of the Aucilla River before tracing the Gulf coastline at St. Marks NWR
77.9 miles. Florida’s largest national forest, Apalachicola is a very lush place, which means soggy feet and spectacular botanical diversity south of Tallahassee.
99.3 miles. West of the Apalachicola River, the Florida Trail stitches a series of public lands together along the corridor of the Northwest Florida Greenway.
98.3 miles. One of the most compelling sections of the Florida Trail for backpackers, Eglin offers rugged elevation changes and crystalline waterways.
45.5 miles. The Blackwater section of the Florida Trail walks you through Atlantic white cedar and longleaf pine forests, pitcher plant bogs and titi swamps en route to the Alabama border.
Florida Trail Connectors
These trails are not part of the National Scenic Trail but connect to the Florida Trail
A hiking route spanning more than 4,800 miles along the East Coast, the Eastern Continental Trail spends nearly 1,300 miles crossing Florida from its southern terminus at the Southernmost Point in Key West.
Florida Trail Maps
This is our current overview map of the Florida Trail, our National Scenic Trail in Florida.
MAP USAGE: You may use our map if credited to FloridaHikes.com and, if shared online, linked back to this page. The same is true for any of our section maps. Please be sure to credit us and to link them back to the appropriate section page.
We created the above map using our trail data from our interactive map inside the FarOut Guides app / Florida National Scenic Trail segment, copyright 2020 by FarOut Guides & Florida Hikes.
Water-resistant paper maps are available from the Florida Trail Association.