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Point Washington and Pine Log State Forests reopen with limited camping

On May 8, 2020, The Florida Forest Service reopened area State Forests for recreation. Some campgrounds are open with limited capacity due to the COVID-19 concerns. Pine Log has some RV sites and primitive camping available at ½ capacity. Point Washington has two campsites available. To make a reservation, go to FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 877-879-3859. To learn more about Pine Log State Forest, click here. To learn more about Point Washington State Forest, click here. To keep abreast of the...

First Day hike at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Jan. 1

Enjoy a guided hike with the park rangers at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. The rangers will share interesting facts about the park and its pristine natural resources. Be sure to bring a bottle of water and close-toed shoes. Park at the red cedar pavilion in the day use area. The hike is free with paid park admission. For more information about Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park call 850-833-9144 or click...

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...