To celebrate, take a heart-healthy hike with your sweetheart to explore Florida’s hiking trails. Besides spending time with your sweetheart and making happy memories, you’ll enjoy the many benefits of outdoor recreation.
Trails provide safe, clean open spaces where families can exercise, relieve stress and get fresh air. You’ll find health benefits for outdoor recreation that include lower blood pressure, improved fitness, improved mood and more.
If you are looking for a destination hike, check out Florida’s Trail Towns. Each one provides a vibrant location for outdoor fun, including hiking, biking, horseback riding or canoeing and kayaking. To find a trail near you, use our statewide Online Trail Guide.
Dates to Remember
Feb. 7 – Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health Day
Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day
For an extra special Valentine’s Day, take a hike with your sweetheart for both your hearts.
Hike for Your Health Challenge
Hikers are invited to complete a virtual 5K to celebrate Hiking Trails Month. Just walk a 5K or 3.1 miles on any given day in February. Register here to tell us when you completed the 5K and which trail you enjoyed. You will receive cool race gear for your photos on social media. You’ll be able to down a virtual race bib, photo frame and background for your virtual meetings. Use #HikeForYourHealth.
2. Use your favorite fitness tracker to count your miles.
3. Get Outside and Hike or Walk (5K or 3.1 miles)
4. Register here to tell us you completed the Hike for Your Health Challenge.
5. Complete challenge and win digital prizes.
Share your experiences on social media using #HikeForYourHealth and encourage your family members and friends to participate too.
In October, 30 participants hiked, walked, ran, bicycled, mountain biked and paddled 1,503.13 miles across Florida!
Drum roll, please. And the winners are:
1st Place: Miri Hardy of Sarasota walked/biked and mountain biked at Myakka River State Park, Longboat Key Bike Trail, Celery Fields Trail for a total of 273.5 miles. Miri says: “Got out on my bike a LOT and hit many of my favorite trails. Often with my camera.”
2nd Place: Jonathan Mays of Alachua County ran and bicycled 174.82 miles on the Gainesville to Hawthorne State Trail and the trails of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. “Just like I celebrate all months, by utilizing to the fullest extent possible Florida's State Park System, greenspaces, and trail network.”
3rd Place: Molly of Leon County “walked outside the whole month on a variety of local trails for 99.91 miles.
Congratulations to the winners of the Trailblazer Challenger! They get some bragging rights. We challenge everyone to continue their outdoor activities. October may be over, but the weather is still ideal for getting outdoors!
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 (FDOT) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), 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 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.