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Outdoor Recreation Benefits

Outdoor Recreation Benefits

Florida has more than 15 million acres of recreation lands and waters, almost 9,300 miles of non-motorized land trails and about 4,300 miles of paddling trails. This adds up to one thing: numerous opportunities to explore Florida's great outdoors. Did you know...



97% of Florida residents say outdoor recreation is important to their health and quality of life (DEP/SCORP 2017).

81% of Florida residents state that being close to nature is an important motivation for participating in outdoor recreation (DEP/SCORP 2017).



Currently, only 36% of Floridians are at a healthy weight, but enhanced access combined with informational outreach can increase frequency of physical activity. One study showed a 48% increase in physical activity! (DEP/SCORP 2017)



Every dollar spent on walking paths saves $3 in medical expenses (American Heart Association).

People who live near safe, high quality biking and walking infrastructure tend to get more exercise than people who don’t (American Journal of Public Health).




The Green Exercise Effect: The color green makes exercise feel easier and people are more likely to exercise more often (University of Essex, Environ Sci Technol. August, 2012).


Top 5 Desired Facilities - Residents

1.Hiking/walking trails

2.Biking paths/trails

3.Nature/Interpretive trails

4.Community parks

5.Wildlife viewing areas/overlooks


Top 5 Desired Facilities - Visitors

1.Beach access/parking

2.Hiking/walking trails

3.Nature/Interpretive trails

4.Wildlife viewing areas/overlooks

5.Biking paths/trails

Source: DEP/SCORP 2017

Last Modified:
October 3, 2019 - 4:35pm

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