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First Day hike at Ponce De Leon Springs State Park Jan. 1

Spend the first day of the year on a guided hike at Ponce De Leon Springs State Park. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the main parking area behind the ranger station. You will travel to the trails that are within the south of I-10 portion of the park, just off from Highway 81. Trails may have standing water, and temperatures at this time of year can vary, so check weather predictions and wear the proper attire. Paths may be muddy...

Florida Trail Hikes a great book for the outdoor enthusiast

The recently published Florida Trail Hikes by Sandra Friend and John Keatley is the perfect book for anyone interested learning about the many experiences available along the Florida statewide National Scenic Trail. Separated not only by region, the informative easy read provides details for 52 hikes across the State of Florida. Each section is described in great detail, enabling the hiker to be prepared for each. Another great feature of the book is the detailed descriptions of flora and fauna...

Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 31

Join the park ranger on the last Thursday of the month, Oct. 31 for a ranger-led trail hike from 10 – 11 a.m. Camp Helen is home to over 3 1/2 miles of trails that meander through nine different distinct natural communities. A park ranger will lead the group on different sections of the trail for approximately 45 minutes, sharing about the natural and cultural history of Camp Helen State Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Plan to...

Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park Sept. 26

Join the park ranger on the last Thursday of the month, Sept. 26 for a ranger-led trail hike from 10 – 11 a.m. Camp Helen is home to over 3 1/2 miles of trails that meander through nine different distinct natural communities. A park ranger will lead the group on different sections of the trail for approximately 45 minutes, sharing about the natural and cultural history of Camp Helen State Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Plan to...

New bridge crosses Alaqua Creek on the Florida Trail

The Florida Trail’s newest and longest suspension bridge has just been completed along Alaqua Creek in Walton County. The bridge is located on Eglin East section of the Florida Trail on Eglin Air Force Base Reservation. The bridge now provides a safe and easily accessible crossing over a flood-prone creek, opening up a particularly scenic section of trail to greater use by the outdoor community. Planning and construction of the 70-foot Alaqua “Demon” Bridge over Alaqua Creek has been an...

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...