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.
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.
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 AlwaysPut Safety First.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.