February is Florida Trails Month!
Florida Vacation Guide to Hiking Trails
In recognition of Florida Hiking Trails Month this February, we’ll guide you to a number of trails throughout the state, to enjoy whether you’re on vacation or a local. More than 2,500 miles of hiking trails exist thanks to the Florida Trail Association (FTA) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). From wilderness to urban trails, if you factor in multi-use, you can add a few more thousand miles of options.
An inexpensive leisure activity
Hiking is one of those activities that becomes a social outing that friends can do together or the whole family can be a part of, at a relatively low cost other than admission fees to some park areas. “February is the perfect time to take advantage of cooler temperatures and enjoy a quiet walk or an invigorating hike on a Florida trail,” said Donald V. Forgione, DEP’s Florida Park Service Director. “With the support of the Florida Trail Association and many statewide partners, Florida created a system of greenways and trails that make it easy and affordable for people to access the beautiful green spaces that naturally call us outdoors this time of year.”
Florida National Scenic Trail
The largest of any trail system in Florida is the Florida National Scenic Trail. With sections in the Pandhandle, North, Central and South Florida, it will eventually stretch from the Gulf Islands National Seashore to the Florida Keys for a total of 1,400 miles.
We’ll be featuring some of our favorites this month, from ones with particular natural features or wildlife viewing options, but check out some of our featured trails so far:
- Blowing Rocks Nature Conservancy Preserve
- Caladesi Island Trails
- Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
- Everglades National Park
What is your favorite hiking trail in Florida?