Florida’s earliest nature trails came about in the 1930s with the building of the first Florida State Parks by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and were joined in the 1940s by trails built to showcase the natural wonders of Everglades National Park.
Today, short trails of a mile or less are a mainstay of Florida State Parks and most county and city parks with woodlands as well.
These are quick and easy places for a daily dose of nature, for exercise, or to take your kids on a walk. They’re also the best way to experience many of our public lands.
We generally cover hikes of a mile or more in our books. If a nature trail is on the same piece of public land as any other hike we’re describing, we’ll mention it too. Hikers’ Guide to the Sunshine State provides the locations of hundreds of nature trails statewide.
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Florida’s Best Nature Trails
We consider these nature trails some of the best in the state. There are hundreds more to choose from. Use these as a starting point to get acquainted with easy walks in Florida.