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.
Please continue to check back. All upcoming trail maintenance opportunities will be posted on MeetUp.com
August 23 – Newsletter submissions due. Consider any submissions on your personal journey of how all of this Covid has affected your hiking (or outdoors) life.
September 6 – Trail Maintenance – Must wear mask/PPE.
September 8 – 7:00 PM – Chapter Meeting/Program – Virtual
Adam Fryska, Panhandle Trail Program Manager with the Florida Trail Association will provide an update on FTA’s response to the COVID situation, our plans for the upcoming field season, and changes to our training opportunities. He will also go over FTA’s recent infrastructure projects and plans for the next few years, including Spring Creek.
Virtual Link: TBA
November 10 – 7:00 PM – Chapter Meeting/Program and Volunteer Awards – Virtual
The Florida Trail and Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape. Kent Wimmer, Senior Representative, Defenders of Wildlife and the Apalachee Chapter’s Trail Coordinator, will share how a budding partnership he is leading can help close gaps in the Florida Trail in the panhandle. The goals of the Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape Partnership are to protect habitat for listed species, conserve working lands and protect the training missions of five military installations in Northwest Florida. The Florida Trail is a principal way the public can be provided access to the lands conserved through this partnership of state, federal and private agencies.
Virtual Link: TBA