Calendar of Activities

The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Be prepared for the weather, insects, and sun protection. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader. Paddlers must have a USCG-approved life jacket for each person and a sound-producing (whistle/horn) device on board while on the water. Bicyclers under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Level: “L” Leisurely (1-2 mph walking pace), “M” Moderately difficult (2-3 mph walking pace), “S” Strenuous (3-4+ mph walking pace)

Unless indicated all activities are open to the public and please sign up at MeetUp.com to attend. Check our Meetup site for more details, dates, meeting locations/directions, and any last-minute announcements before starting out.

Please read the GUIDELINES FOR OUTING PARTICIPANTS before signing up for an activity. This will make for a better outing experience. COVID Resources.

ACTIVITY SIGN-UP: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/calendar/

JUN 6 SUN 8:00 AM-1:00 PM – Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance: Apalachicola National Forest. Open to the public. Contact: For more information and directions contact Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489, tuckems@hotmail.com.

JUN 4 & 25, FRI 8:45 AM – Challenge Hikes: Miccosukee!  Join me for a challenge hike, each at a different location. Some will challenge in terms of length and others with steep inclines and declines. Some will be urban and others in nature. Watch Meetup for the location. These are strenuous hikes, so know your ability and come prepared. This is a great opportunity to motivate yourself for the mountainous hikes on the AT and Camino. Bring lots of water and some snacks, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent and sunscreen (and/or wear a hat) as needed. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Covid precautions observed. Open to FTA members only. Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last-minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850) 300-0399, or courtnaymicots@gmail.com.

JUN 5, 2021 SAT 10:00AM – Quincy Walkabout – FTA Members Only
Enjoy a leisurely morning stroll through the quaint Florida town of Quincy. The tour meanders throughout the historic section of town and includes several architectural gems, such as the 1893 Queen Anne-style home of Coca-Cola millionaire Pat Munroe. Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, insect repellent and sun protection, as needed. Afterwards, we can stop by the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum to peruse their current exhibition (fee charged). We may also enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the square. Carpool, if desired, from the Lake Ella Publix at 9:30 AM; park near the trees and look for my blue Civic. Meet on the square by The Leaf Theatre at 10:00 AM. We start the walkabout at 10:15 AM sharp. Covid precautions observed. Due to Covid, this event is open to FTA members only. Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850) 300-0399, or courtnaymicots@gmail.com.

JUN 7, 14, 21, 28 MON 9:15 AM (M/S) – A Walk in the Woods: Lafayette Heritage Trail Park (Piney Z) – A Walk in the Woods is beneficial to one’s mental and physical health. Join us in a moderate to strenuous walk through the woods at your length (3.5 miles+ at 3-4 miles/hour is common). We rest for a few minutes at the midway point. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent and sunscreen as needed. Meet near the restrooms. We start the hike at 9:30 am sharp. Covid precautions observed. Open to FTA members only.  Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850) 300-0399, or courtnaymicots@gmail.com.

JUN 8 TUES 7:00 PM – CHAPTER MEETING/PROGRAM (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)-  “Wildflowers on the Roadside, for Home Landscaping, and Along the Trail”.  A presentation by Liz Sparks, Florida Wildflower Foundation, Panhandle Wildflower Alliance/ FDOT Liaison. 

Discover why wildflowers matter along roadsides, in your home landscape and along trails. Learn what you can do to support the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s mission to create corridors of critically needed pollinator habitat along our state’s roadsides and beyond. You can support pollinators by planting native species in your home landscape to help connect public conservation lands to our urban spaces, mitigating habitat fragmentation caused by Florida’s rampant growth and development. Join Liz Sparks, consultant with the Florida Wildflower Foundation, to learn what’s happening locally and statewide, and how you can make a difference in your community. Go to https://flawildflowers.org/ to learn more about Florida wildflowers and activities of the Florida Wildflower Foundation.  Liz is a long-term member of the Florida Trail Association and enjoys exploring Florida’s natural wonders by hiking, biking and paddling. 

 JUN  9, 16, 23, 30 WED 4:15 PM –  Pandemic Boredom Buster Urban Walk.  FTA Members Only. (NP/M-S) (4:15 to 6:00 pm). Celebrating Our 9th Year! Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM sharp. Bring snack if needed, face mask, water and hat. Come hydrated. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Location: JR Alford Greenway, Pedrick Road, Tallahassee. *** LIMITED EVENT. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, griffindd@aol.com

JUL 19-22 – Waterfalls and Whitewater Trip – Mountain Rest South Carolina. Check out several new hiking trails (from moderate to strenuous difficulty) at Oconee State Park and if you’re able include a day of whitewater rafting on the famous Chattooga River. You are welcome to arrive earlier or stay longer then the dates posted. (NP/S) FTA Members Only.  YOU MUST EMAIL LEADER TO SAVE YOUR SPOT AND GET FURTHER DETAILS. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS AND PROVIDE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION. Priority given to IDIDAHIKE planning team.  Only 8 spots left! Contact Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103,  Griffindd@aol.com

ACTIVITY SIGNUP: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/