Get Outdoors: It’s Greenways and Trails Month

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Nature Trail (credit: Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge)

Nature Trail (credit: Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge)

Florida News: Hike, Bike, Canoe, Kayak, Horseback ride or Skate Florida trails

Its finally getting cooler so we can stay longer in the outdoors! Coinciding with this weather change is Greenways and Trails Month for October. From paddling to cycling, Florida has an extensive trail network that covers over 10,000 miles of land and water. Check out some of the trail options below:

St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Tallahassee

You can either walk, bike or skate on the 16 mile paved trail from Tallahassee to St. Marks, passing the Wakulla Station trailhead with a large playground for children. An unpaved equestrian trail runs parallel to this paved trail.

Apalachicola National Forest, Tallahassee

Hike, cycle and horseback ride through Florida’s largest National Forest . There are 85 miles of hiking trails with six interpretive trails in total, along with sixty four miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) winds through the property.

Osceola National Forest, Lake City

Hike where Florida’s largest Civil War battle took place – the Battle of Olustee – and head north where endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers still nest in colonies. The Nice Wander loop trail is perfect for families but you can take a two-day trek through the forest.

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail, Polk City

This 29.2-mile rail trail is multi-use allowing hiking, bicycling and horseback riding along its route as it leads from its trail head in Polk City through the Green Swamp to Mabel.

Corkscrew swamp sanctuary, Naples

You can follow the 2.25 mile boardwalk trail among the old-growth cypress forest, where some trees are more than 600 years old and stand up to 130 feet tall. There are more than 200 resident and migratory bird species here.

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island

Hike the 4-mile Indigo trail through mangrove forest, one of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems in America. Also known for its migratory bird population, this subtropical barrier island location is popular among birders.

Tell us…

What’s your favorite trail in Florida?