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Celebrate Florida Paddlesports Month!

Cooler fall temperatures provide perfect opportunities to explore Florida’s many waterways by canoe, kayak and paddleboard. That’s why November has been designated Florida Paddlesports Month.

Whether it’s a clear, spring-fed river, a wild coastline or a lake, Florida offers many opportunities! With more than 60 state designated paddling trails throughout the state, covering over 4,000 miles, maps and written guides on the Office of Greenways and Trails website can assist with planning a fun outing for an hour, day, or several days.

Long distance paddling trails include the 1,500-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and the Apalachicola Blueway. Shorter trails range from the clear Ichetucknee River near High Springs to Southeast Florida’s Loxahatchee, one of two national wild and scenic rivers in Florida.

November features many statewide paddling events that provide residents and visitors the opportunity to explore Florida’s natural ecosystems. Paddle the wild Zipper Canal in Lake Kissimmee State Park with a state park ranger or join a guided kayak tour through Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park near Port Richey. Visit www.FloridaStateParks.org for more events near you.

On Wednesday, November 16, our monthly Outdoor Florida Webinar Series will celebrate Florida Paddlesports Month by featuring Dorsey DeMaster, president of the Florida Paddling Trails Association. She will speak on her organization, Florida’s paddling trails, and her recent journey on the entire Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. Don’t miss it!

Resources:

Florida Online Trail Guide

Florida Paddling Trails Association

Health Benefits of Paddlesports

A Guide to Florida’s Top Canoeing & Kayaking Trails - Visit Florida

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November 2022 Activity Month Calendar

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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