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Office of Greenways and Trails

All year long, we are given numerous opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes, life, responsibilities and distractions keep us from spending time in the fresh air as we should. National Play Outside Month is a reminder to stretch our legs and expend some energy in nature! Whether that is at a state trail, the beach, or exploring your own community’s recreation and leisure opportunities, just get outside and play!

  • Share your experiences on social media using #NationalPlayOutsideMonth and encouraging your family members and friends to participate too.
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Here are a few great sources that highlight the benefits of playing outside:


#Family/FriendsFriday – are your parks or recreation areas places that families tend to get together in to create memories? Encourage your followers to share their family photos on Friday!

Summer is officially heating up! Help us celebrate Picnic Month! Fresh air makes eating vegetables and fruits much more enjoyable. Get outdoors and enjoy a nice, healthy snack with your family at your local park or greenspace. You can view a web map of all picnic areas statewide.

To find a trail near you, use our statewide Online Trail Guide.

  • Share your experiences on social media using #PicnicMonth and encouraging your family members and friends to participate too.
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Here are a few fun outdoor activities to enjoy at a picnic:

  • Scavenger hunt
  • Charades
  • I Spy
  • Human ring toss

Check out these links with even more exciting picnic activities:

50 Company Picnic Ideas and Games

Must-Have Picnic Games and Activities for Outdoor Events

10 Exciting Picnic Activity Ideas

Family Games for Picnics

Pick up fresh fruits and veggies from one of Florida’s many farmers markets!


#Family/FriendsFriday – are your parks or recreation areas places that families tend to get together in to create memories? Encourage your followers to share their family photos on Friday.

What has outdoor recreation looked like for you this past year?

For many of us, this past year has been full of changes, including how we experience the outdoors. As we look back on a very eventful year, the Office of Greenways and Trails wants to hear how you were able to continue enjoying the outdoors. Did you pick up a new hobby around your home, like gardening or bird-watching? Were you unable to play team sports at your local park? Perhaps you discovered a new park or trail not far from your home. Whatever outdoor recreation has looked like for you this past year, we would love to hear about it. After all, it’s your experiences during this unique time that will help us plan for future recreation opportunities around the state.

The survey should take about five to 10 minutes and is available in English and Spanish. Not a Florida resident? No problem. We have a survey for you, too. 

Let us know about your outdoor experiences

Florida Resident  .  Out-of-State Visitor


New 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 crashes. Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to:

  1. Look and listen.
  2. Obey signs and markings.
  3. Take control of our own safety.

The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks have 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.

Do you enjoy hiking, biking, paddling or horseback riding? The Office of Greenways and Trails  (OGT), within the Division of Recreation & 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

Outdoor Florida features recreational opportunities across Florida's local, state and federal lands. Download the free Outdoor Florida App.

"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 or Connections newsletter, send announcements and articles to

Featured Publications: 2019-2023 Florida Greenways and Trails System PlanUnpaved Non-Motorized Trail GuidelinesTrail Design Standards Infogram2019 Outdoor Recreation Economic InfogramEstablishing and Promoting a Paddling Trail or Blueways System.

Florida trails 500-plus miles in length:
Florida National Scenic Trail
Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
East Coast Greenway

Peruse the Online Trail Guide page for more trail links.  


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