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Happy Earth Month! Take some time this April to recharge your batteries with a hike in the woods along your favorite trail, a bike ride to your favorite picnic spot, or a paddle in the Spring sunshine. Need more ideas? Check out our printable April Activity Calendar below.

Tune in to this month’s Outdoor Florida webinar on April 12th for a discussion about Volunteer Management with the Florida Trail Association. Every year FTA works with hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours to maintain the 1,500-mile Florida National Scenic Trail. Learn tips and tricks for building a trail volunteer program or strengthening an existing one. Sign up here.

If you’re out and about attending events this season, look for the Office of Greenways and Trails set up at the Gulf Breeze Spring Fest on April 15th. Or, find an event near you by browsing our Community Trails Calendar or the Florida State Parks Events Calendar. There is plenty to do this month to celebrate Earth Day! Since it is also National Volunteer Month, consider local opportunities for investing in our planet by volunteering at a State Park or Trail.

Our first Florida Greenways and Trails Council meeting of 2023 will be taking place on April 13th and 14th in Tallahassee. The Council will consider five-year updates to the Florida Greenways and Trails System along with the designation of new Trail Towns across the state and other general business. Council meetings are always open to the public.

Resources:

Volunteer with Florida State Parks

Earth Day 2023 Website

Download our fun April iPhone background

April 2023 activity month calendar

Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail Mapping Update

The initial scouting and mapping of the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (CT) was completed in 2007, but for a trail of this length and magnitude, periodic updates are needed. For our latest map upgrade, we changed the appearance and scope of the 26 segment maps to make them clearer and with more information. Check them out on the CT segments page.


Save the Date for our monthly Outdoor Florida Webinar Series

Outdoor Florida Webinar Series

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Trail Safety Video

With our sunny skies and active lifestyles, Florida’s residents and visitors enjoy exploring our many miles of trails. Trail safety is important, particularly where trails and roadways cross. We all need to do our part to protect one another and prevent accidents. Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to:

  • Look and listen.
  • Obey signs and markings.
  • Take responsibility for our own safety.

The Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks joined together to put the spotlight on this important topic by developing a Trail Safety Video.

Feel free to share or download the video along with the extra information found below ... and remember to Always Put Safety First.

                                         More Trail Safety Information
Trail Safety Poster
Trail Safety at Crossings

For even more information on trail safety, please visit our assistance and resources section.



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Do you enjoy hiking, biking, paddling or horseback riding? The Office of Greenways and Trails  (OGT) within the Division of Recreation and Parks provides statewide leadership and coordination to establish, expand and promote non-motorized trails that make up the Florida Greenways and Trails System, pursuant to the Florida Greenways and Trails Act (Ch. 260, Florida Statutes). More can be found in the Office Overview and Historical Timeline


"Florida's Growing Trail System" article in the March/April 2019 issue of Quality Cities Magazine provides an overview of Florida's trail system and Trail Town program.


To be included in OGT's online calendar, send regional and state event announcements to Doug Alderson.


Featured Publications: 2019-2023 Florida Greenways and Trails System PlanUnpaved Non-Motorized Trail GuidelinesTrail Design Standards Infogram2023 Outdoor Recreation Economic InfographicEstablishing and Promoting a Paddling Trail or Blueways System.


Florida trails 500-plus miles in length:

    

Two Equestrians in Apalachicola State Forest

Popular Publications

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Segment 12 Map Book

Segment 12 map book for the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
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Florida Bike Touring and State Trail Public Camping Options

Florida Bike Touring and State Trail Public Camping Options
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