Spanning more than 1,400 miles from Pensacola Beach to the edge of the Everglades, the Florida Trail is our statewide National Scenic Trail, one of only eleven long distance trails distinguished by this designation across America. With hundreds of trailheads and access points, most within an hour of most major cities in Florida, it is Florida’s biggest destination for backpackers.
About the Florida Trail
Founded in 1966, the Florida Trail is one of America’s oldest National Scenic Trails. We celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 by compiling its long and storied history into a book. Drawing a growing number of section hikers and thru-hikers every year, 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.
We’ve been writing books about the Florida Trail since 2003, including our seventh guidebook to the entire trail, so you can count on us as a trusted source of information. Several years ago, we also struck up a partnership with Guthook Guides and Atlas Guides to bring our information to you as part of their family of trail apps, with built-in offline navigation.
Find a Hike
This map shows all Florida Trail trailheads that correspond to Florida Trail hikes found on our website. Search for a town or address to find a trailhead near you. Click on a symbol to zoom to that trailhead and find out about the hike you can take there.
Dive into details about the Florida Trail in each of our state’s geographic regions.
- Florida Trail, South Florida- Heading north through Big Cypress, the Florida Trail immerses hikers through one of the last wild spaces of the region, then connects to Okeechobee via dikes.
- Florida Trail, Central Florida- In Central Florida, the Florida Trail presents two options: east or west around the Orlando metro. Forested public lands provide protection for much of the route.
- Florida Trail, North Florida- As the Florida Trail sweeps in a broad arc through North Florida, hikers are introduced to ancient trees, unusual karst formations, and rolling sandhills.
- Florida Trail, Northwest Florida- Encompassing the sweep of Florida west of the Suwannee River, the Florida Trail through Northwest Florida offers some of the most dramatic panoramas and rugged terrain you'll find while hiking in Florida.
Since the Florida Trail spans the entire state and our state is very diverse, we break up the trail into sections within regions. This is particularly meaningful for section hikers who are attempting to complete part or all of our National Scenic Trail. Each of the below groupings of sections correspond to an individual piece of our app. Long distance hikers tend to follow the trail south to north, so you can navigate through the sections of the trail in that fashion using the links in the sidebar. The maps below also lead to each of the section pages, which provide details on the hikes found in those sections.
Central Florida West
Suwannee Big Bend
In addition, the Florida Trail is a portion of a much longer route, the Eastern Continental Trail, spanning from Key West to Cap Gaspe, Quebec. We discuss that trail and the specifics for hiking it in Florida here.
The following books of ours contain information on hiking portions of the Florida Trail throughout the state.
This is our current overview map of the Florida Trail, our National Scenic Trail in Florida.
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 maps using our trail data from The Florida National Scenic Trail App, copyright 2018 by Guthook Guides & Florida Hikes.
Our archive of articles about hiking the Florida Trail.