Type of Trail
Florida’s public lands include federal, state, regional, county, and city parks, greenways, forests, and natural areas.
We’re Sandra Friend and John Keatley, the authors behind this website. For more than twenty years, we’ve been exploring Florida’s outdoors with the intent of collecting and sharing information with readers, first in magazine and newspaper articles, and later in guidebooks. These are our most current editions.
What you see on this website is where we’ve been. Less than a dozen articles have been contributed by others. We personally enjoy hiking, biking, and paddling and continue to pile on the miles annually. Since Sandra is from Ocala and was riding as a teenager, we also provide information on equestrian trails as a courtesy to the equestrian community, which shares trails with hikers and cyclists in multi-use areas.
Our Favorite Trail Destinations
We’re always asked which trails we love the best. It’s tough to narrow those down. What we’ve done throughout the website is provide lists of “bests” and “favorites” under various categories, to give you a starting point to the trails you shouldn’t miss.
Since it’s pretty much impossible to come up with just ten trails we’d consider tops in Florida, we’ve put together a list of a destinations in Florida where you should sample as many of the trails as possible at each one. This is a fluid list – as we discover changes to the Florida landscape and to land management policies, we keep it updated.
Florida’s Top Outdoor Destinations
After exploring Florida’s outdoors for most of our lives, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite destinations for tackling trails – hiking, biking, and paddling – across the state. Spoiler alert: beaches aren’t involved.