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Office of Greenways and Trails

This January the Office of Greenways and Trails is celebrating the joy of movement to kick off the new year.

Movement and getting active outdoors is a key element in enhancing your health and extending your life-span. Exercising does not have to feel like a chore, but instead should be a source of joy. Moving your body creates a time for self-expression which is a major attribute for mental health.

Additionally, giving yourself the time and space to be active and move will help reach fulfillment and belonging. By harnessing the power of movement, one can create their own happiness and feel alive in their body.

Exercising does far more than just making us physically stronger and healthier; it releases neurotransmitters in our brain, heightening our receptors. Another benefit to movement is endorphins being released, allowing us to naturally bond and connect with others. While raising your heart rate and pumping out those endorphins, your brain responds more openly with others, creating a more social version of yourself.

Finding joy in movement harnesses not only a positive mindset, but also the ability to connect with others, nature and yourself.

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Mental Benefits of Exercise

Science Behind Exercise

Exercise in Nature Improves Mental Health


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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

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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 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 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 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


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"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 OfficeofGreenwaysandTrails@FloridaDEP.gov.


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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