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Office of Greenways and Trails

Provide feedback and comments about draft chapters of the 2023 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). 

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As October rolls around, a touch of fall can be felt in the air — perfect for getting outdoors!

Florida has more than 1,300 recreational trails located throughout the state, totaling 10,174 miles of hiking, bicycling, equestrian and shared-use trails, and over 5,000 miles of paddling trails. These greenways and trails provide enormous benefits for Florida’s economy, tourism, and the health of visitors and residents.

Long-distance trails in the state include the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, the 1,500-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, and the longest segment of the East Coast Greenway, an ambitious national trail project extending from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. These trails attract paddlers, hikers and cyclists from around the country and world.

On October 12, our monthly Outdoor Webinar Series will showcase one of our long distance regional trails, the East Coast Greenway. The East Coast Greenway threads it way across nearly 600 miles in Florida. From Georgia, the Greenway enters the state at Fernandina Beach, then makes its way through 13 counties before reaching Key West, the southernmost mainland point of the United States. Travel is largely along the coast through seaside villages, America’s earliest historic sites, vast nature preserves, and major cities that include Jacksonville and Miami.

Much of the Greenway through Florida is on side path that runs along Highway A1A. It concludes with the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, which hops from island to island for 106 miles - more than half of which is completed trail.

Join Robert Barto, the Florida Coordinator for the ECG and learn how this regional trail came to be and find out the future plans to complete it.

Resources:

Trails Economic Infographic

Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

Florida Online Trail Guide

East Coast Greenway

Outdoor Webinar Series

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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 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 Infogram2022 Outdoor Recreation Economic InfogramEstablishing and Promoting a Paddling Trail or Blueways System.


Florida trails 500-plus miles in length:

    

Two Equestrians in Apalachicola State Forest

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