Tune into March’s Outdoor Florida webinar on March 13th at 10a.m. ET. In celebration of Florida Biking Month, our guest speaker is Lisa M. Lake, Executive Director of Bike Florida. She will provide an overview of the many rides, tours and awareness events they lead throughout the state, including tours on the renowned Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail from St. Petersburg to Titusville. Bike Florida was founded in 1992 to help Florida communities expand their bicycle awareness, education and infrastructure through bicycle tourism. Click here to sign up.
Are you in need of technical assistance to help with the development or restoration of parks, trails, conservation areas, rivers, wildlife habitats, or outdoor recreation opportunities? The National Park Service administers a Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program which provides (non-monetary) technical assistance to local partners tailored to the specific needs of a project. The deadline to apply is March 1st, but interested parties may reach out to Michael Schilling with the NPS today to fast track their application if the proposed project is already compatible with the program. Looking for a different kind of grant? View our Grants webpage for a full list of trail and recreation funding sources.
The first Florida Greenways and Trails Council Meeting of 2024 will take place in Winter Haven on March 27th and 28th. The meeting notice and agenda can be found on the Council webpage once available. All Council meetings are open to the public.
For more information on requesting a speaker, visit the Contact Us webpage.
The Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail (C2C) was conceived as an ambitious effort to create a continuous paved multi-use trail across the state of Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, the first state trail of its kind in the United States. It will span approximately 250 miles and is currently 88 percent complete. The trail will link communities between St. Petersburg and Titusville along its entire length, allowing residents and visitors to explore Central Florida by bicycle or foot. The trail is linking all or part of several existing multi-use trails and will be managed by a broad range of communities and agencies. The Coast-to-Coast Trail Alliance is coordinated by OGT. For more information, visit OGT's C2C Alliance webpage.
TheCoast-to-Coast Story Map Guide is the culmination of efforts to create a practical, adaptable, accessible mode for communicating information about the trail including wayfinding, alternate routes for large gaps, amenities and local information.
The initial scouting and mapping of the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (CT) was completed in 2007, but periodic updates are needed for a trail of this length and magnitude. For our latest map upgrade, we changed the appearance and scope of the 26 segment maps to make them clearer and more informative. For more information, visit OGT's CT segments webpage. We have also created a CT Story Map and a Suwannee River Wilderness State Trail Story Map.
With our sunny skies and active lifestyles, Florida’s residents and visitors enjoy exploring our numerous 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 the DEP'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.