Florida Park Service Recognizes October as Greenways and Trails Month

Governor Rick Scott proclaimed the month of October as Florida Greenways and Trails Month, celebrating the important recreational and economic benefits of Florida’s greenways and trails. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service, Office of Greenways & Trails welcomes this annual occasion to recognize the more than 600 miles of beautiful greenways and trails in Florida.

Here is a list of special events happening in October:

Northwest Florida

Oct. 6 at 1 p.m., Autumn Tree Identification Walk at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee

Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Native Plants as Food for Medicine at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City

Oct. 12 at 9 a.m., Medicinal Plant Walk at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park south of Tallahassee

Northeast Florida

Oct. 5 at 2 p.m., Secrets of the Salt Marsh at Fort George Island Cultural Center State Park in Jacksonville

Oct. 6, Start time at 7 a.m., 19th Annual Rains to Trails Bike Ride on the Withlacoochee State Park at the Inverness Trailhead.

Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., Nature Hike at Fort George Island Cultural Center State Park in Jacksonville

Oct. 19 at sunrise, Paynes Prairie 5K at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park south of Gainesville

Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., Haunted Hike and Costume Ball at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights

Oct. 26 at 8 a.m., Bird Walk with Citrus County Audubon at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon

Oct. 26 at 10 a.m., Hiking Florida in Autumn at O’Leno State Park in High Springs

Central Florida

Oct. 5 at 8 a.m., 5K/3K Ravine Gardens Run/Walk at Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka

Oct. 5 at 8:30 a.m. – Big Sit, Stand and Bird Walk with Flagler County Audubon Society at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast

Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. – Nature Walk with David at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala

Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., Ranger-led Nature Hike at Dunns Creek State Park south of Palatka.

Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Ranger-led Hike-by-Bike at Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail. Meet at Armstrong Park in Elkton.

Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 at 9 a.m., Super Cool Mountain Bike Race at the Santos Bike Trails East of ht Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

Oct. 12 at 9 a.m., Guided Hike at Lake Kissimmee State Park east of Lake Wales.

Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., Full Moon Beach Hike at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Oct. 19 at 7 a.m., Equine Obstacle Trail Challenge at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont

Oct. 19 at 8 a.m., Coffee with Birds at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala

Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m., Saddle Up for St. Jude at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland

Oct 26 at 8 a.m., 6th Annual Jack’s 50K/25K Trail Race at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Southwest Florida

Oct. 6 at 9 a.m., The Bobcat Run at Lake Manatee State Park in Bradenton

Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., Sunset Celebration Run at Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers

Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., Fall Wildflower and Butterfly Walk at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell

Oct. 19 at 5 p.m., The Haunting of Fort Chokonikla Halloween Run at Paynes Creek Historic State Park in Bowling Green

Oct. 19, 30 minutes before sunset, Guided Night Paddle at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey

Oct. 26 at 11 p.m. and Midnight, Halloween Night Runs at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Weeki Wachee

Oct. 27 at 5 p.m., Halloween Costume Run at Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero

Southeast Florida

Oct. 12 at 8 a.m., Down2Earth Paddleboard Race at Oleta River State Park in North Miami

Oct. 19 at 8 a.m., Zombie Charge 5K Obstacle Race at Oleta River State Park in North Miami

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