It’s October… Help us Celebrate Florida’s Greenways and Trails!
Florida Greenways and Trails Month originated 20 years ago to highlight Florida’s many different recreational trails and natural spaces. Establishing a connected system of greenways and trails in Florida is a way to link the natural and human environments. To support the creation of a statewide connected system of greenways and trails, the Office of Greenways and Trails continuously works with our public and private partners and stakeholders throughout Florida. Recreational trails and waterways provide places for paddlers, bicyclists, hikers, horseback riders and nature lovers to recreate and experience the natural and cultural attractions offered by our great state.
Trails provide enormous benefits for Florida’s residents, visitors, economy and tourism. In addition, outdoor recreation provides many different health benefits including lower blood pressure, improved physical fitness, enhanced mood and much more.
If you are looking for a new recreational trail to explore, check out the Online Trail Guide for information about 15,160 total miles of recreational trails for hiking, bicycling, equestrian, multi-use, paddling and other recreational uses.
We’ve created a daily calendar of fun outdoor activities to enjoy in October. Register here to keep us up to date on how you are participating in the Greenways and Trails Month Challenge and tag any photos with #OutdoorFlorida.
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.
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:
Look and listen.
Obey signs and markings.
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 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.