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The mission of the Florida Greenways and Trails System is to create a network of greenways and trails throughout Florida, connecting one end of the state to the other, from Key West to Pensacola.

The system has its roots in the Florida Canoe Trails System, the Florida Recreational Trails System, and Florida's public parks, forests, refuges, wildlife management areas and water management areas. The Florida Greenways and Trails Designation Program provides for the designation of public lands and waterways and private lands.

What is the purpose of the designation program?

The designation program was established to:

  • Further the purposes, goals and objectives of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.
  • Ensure an inclusive and interconnected system of greenways and trails.
  • Encourage voluntary partnerships in conservation, development and management of system components.
  • Provide recognition for individual components of the system and those partners involved.
  • Raise public awareness of the conservation and recreation benefits of the system components.

How do I apply?

Submission Period
An application for designation may be submitted at any time.

Basic Criteria
In order to be designated, lands or waterways must:

  • Protect and/or enhance natural, recreational, cultural or historic resources; and
  • Provide linear open space or a hub or a site; or
  • Promote connectivity between or among conservation lands, communities,  parks, other recreational facilities, cultural sites or historic sites.


To apply for designation, download one of the following:

How can I learn more about the program?

Download FAQs for more information on Florida's Greenways and Trails Designation Program. Also, view Chapter 62S-1, Florida Administrative Code, the rule governing the designation program. 

If you still have questions, please contact the OGT Regional Coordinator for your region.

Last Modified:
December 19, 2023 - 10:32am

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