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Office of Greenways and Trails

It’s officially summer!  Help us celebrate Great Outdoors month. Whether you’re heading out on your very first hike, camping out with friends and family or enjoying your favorite fishing hole, Great Outdoors month is the perfect excuse to get outside and explore.

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

  • Share your experiences on social media using #GreatOutdoorsMonth and encourage your family members and friends to participate, too.
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Here are some fun outdoor activities to enjoy:

What: Bike Travel Weekend

When: June 4-6
Grab your wheels (and helmet) and hit the trails, pavement or bike path in celebration of Bike Travel Weekend, an event that encourages families to ditch the car and head out on a weekend adventure by bike. Whether your bike-packing (like backpacking, but on a bike) or just zipping across town for a fun night in a hotel, participating in Bike Travel Weekend ensures a pedal-powered adventure.

What: National Trail Day

When: June 5
Volunteers around the country will come together to pick up trash, maintain trails and spiffy up our green spaces on June 1, improving 2,802 total miles of trail—the distance across our country.

What: National Fishing and Boating Week
When: June 5-13
Coinciding with most state's free fishing days, National Fishing and Boating Week occurs each year during the first full week of June. Time spent fishing and boating is a great opportunity to talk, laugh, relax, reconnect and create good memories with friends and family.

How can you celebrate?

To find more information check out the FWC website

What: Family Health & Fitness Day  
When: June 13
Family Health & Fitness Day is an opportunity for local community members to get out and discover all the health benefits provided by their local park and recreation department. 

What: National Go Fishing Day
When: June 18
National Go Fishing Day is a great day to take time from your daily routine to find a stream, a lake or pond, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a fish or two (or ten). Fishing is a recreational pastime of many, and if you’re lucky, you can bring home a fresh catch.

What: Great American Campout
When: June 20
Even if it’s just a pop-up tent and sleeping bag in your backyard under the stars, get out there and reconnect with the great outdoors. There’s a place to find your soul and set your mind to peace out in the great distant woods, and they’re calling all of us to head back out there and find ourselves. So, pile into your car, find a campsite near you, and join the Great American Campout!

What: National Canoe Day

When: June 26
Rent a canoe or take your own to a nearby river or to a place where an event is held for paddling and try your hands-on paddling on this day. If you need recommendations on where to go check out Florida's Designated Paddling Trails  

Four Ways to Get Healthy and Outside:

Want Better Health? Get Back to Nature

  1. Take your workout outdoors
  2. Explore your city on foot
  3. Soak up the sunlight - don’t forget the sunscreen
  4. Meditate on nature’s Music

Health Benefits of Camping

Benefits of Outdoor Activities Like Fishing and Boating

Boating and fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends anytime. Here are just a few reasons why you should get out on the water and start enjoying these activities:

  • Family fishing is a great way for family members of all ages to connect and have fun.
  • Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities.
  • The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas.




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! 

Please click the link below to be taken to the survey:

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 this 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 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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