Get Outdoors: Walk, Cycle or Paddle in these National Trail Day Events

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (credit: DEP)

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (credit: DEP)


Celebrate National Trail Day on your Florida vacation

It’s that time of the year once again, when the American Hiking Society celebrates the volunteer and land agency efforts for trail building and maintenance. In 2008, Florida received the recognition in the American Trails’ Best Trails State award and we’re still proud of the 8,000 miles of trails that wind and interconnect in this state. There are a number of celebrations going on this weekend, so chose your favorite activity and head out on a trail.

Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, Key Largo

Paddle or cycle along a stretch of the multi-use Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT), incorporating many of the historic Flagler Railroad bridges. Since sections of the trail are paved, there’s an opportunity for in-line skating as well as cycling and hiking. The water, of course, allows for paddling, swimming, fishing, snorkeling and diving. Bring your bike and helmet or kayak and life jacket if you have one, otherwise you need to rent one from an outfitter ahead of time.

  • Pedal & Paddle Event
  • June 2nd at 9 a.m.
  • Upper Matecumbe Key at Mile Marker 81
  • (305) 853-3571

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast

Take a guided walk through Washington Gardens, known for its unique coquina rock formations on the shore as it is for its formal gardens.Whether it’s strolling by azaleas and bird of paradise, picnicking along the beach or fishing from the Matanzas River seawall, make sure you visit the oak hammock that it’s named for.

  • National Trails Day at Washington Oaks
  • June 2nd at 10 a.m.
  • 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
  • (386) 446-6780

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound

From pine flatwoods to mangroves, there are biking, horseback riding, and hiking trails that are paved and off-road. The Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River winds through the park opening up water trails for boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

  • National Trails Day Family Festival
  • June 2nd from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.
  • 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound
  • (772) 546-2771

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Do you prefer to hike, cycle or paddle?