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Florida Trail updates on Hurricane Michael damage cleanup along the Econfina section

By Panhandle Trail Program Manager, Adam Fryska March 29, 2019 – By now, the FTA community is well aware of the tremendous damage done by Hurricane Michael to the Econfina Section of the Florida Trail. On March 1-3, the Panhandle Chapter hosted the first major Volunteer Work Party to tackle this section. The scale of the challenge facing us quickly became clear; over two days, with 6 sawyers split between Econfina and Chipola, the crew was able to clear almost...

Night hike at Ponce De Leon Springs State Park Feb. 9

Come on out Saturday evening, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. to Ponce de Leon Springs State Park for a nocturnal stroll. If you joined the Park Ranger for the New Years Day hike you’ll be familiar with the trail in the daylight, but come back to get a different perspective during their first ever night hike. Meet at the trail head on LD Anderson Rd. Entrance fee is $4, and use the the honor drop box so bring cash. A...

Florida Forest Service announce temporary camp closures at Pine Log and Lake Talquin

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service Florida State Forest announce temporary campground closures due to Hurricane Michael: Forest campground closures October 20, 2018 Pine Log State Forest’s Sand Pond Pavilion and the Bloxham Tract and pavilion at Lake Talquin State Forest has opened on Saturday, October 20th. Tree removal continues in the effort to open back up forest tracts and campsites. Campgrounds, facilities and State Forest Tracts listed below will be closed until further notice. Pine...

Florida Trail announces closures across the Panhandle

Oct. 20, 2018 – The Panhandle region continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and its devastating impact. The Florida Trail is closed within the following land management units until further notice: • Pine Log State Forest • Econfina Creek Water Management Area • Chipola Water Management Area • Blountstown Greenway • Apalachicola National Forest • St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge These areas remain closed as our land management partners work to assess damage, clear roads, restore basic...

Guided hike at Rocky Bayou State Park Aug. 14 and 21

Enjoy a guided hike of Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on August 14 and August 21 from 9 – 10 a.m. What Happened to Puddin’ Head Lake? Come hear the story of Rocky Bayou’s history and learn of its present features and endeavors for a natural and healthy ecosystem as we hike the Sand Pine Trail along the restored steephead stream exploring “The Real Florida.” Meet at Puddin’ Head Lake Pavilion in inside the park.  Please bring a water...

McQuage Bayou multiple-use trail in Point Washington State Forest undergoes restoration

The McQuage Bayou trail in south Walton’s Point Washington State Forest has undergone restoration and is now open for biking, hiking, and horse-back riding. The trail, originally established as equestrian-use only, has been closed to the public due to the deterioration of two large bridges along the path. The condition of these bridges made traveling the trail unsafe. With major improvements to the bridges, the trail itself and a refurbished trailhead, work is complete. The trail is open 7 days...