The Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy and a high quality of life. The original FGTS Plan was completed in 1998 and adopted by the Florida Legislature in 1999, laying the groundwork for many programs, projects and initiatives which exist today. The FGTS Plan and Priority Maps were last updated in 2012 and the visioning maps (Opportunity Maps) updated in 2015. The updated FGTS Plan and maps will guide implementation of the connected statewide trail system from 2018 through 2022.
The FGTS Plan and maps were updated in 2016 through 2017 through a step by step schedule. The OGT is reaching out to you and others involved in trail planning to receive input on both the Opportunity and Priority land and paddling trail maps. The FGTS Plan ties together the local, regional and state plans and collaborative efforts for greenways and trails, bicycle and pedestrian, master plans and other plans of communities, agencies and non-profits throughout Florida to create three levels of FGTS maps:
Level 1 - The Vision: Land Trail and Paddling Trail Opportunity Maps.
Level 2 - Priority Trails Map: The spine of a statewide system identified from the Opportunity Maps and the Florida Ecological Greenways Network Map.
Level 3 - Priority Trails Status: Each corridor’s status is identified as existing, gap, or programmed/funded. The needs of each segment are identified such as acquisition and maintenance, including repaving.
Land Trail Opportunity Maps (last updated 9/30/16)
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.