A total of 429 hiking, biking, paddling and equestrian trails are featured in a new online guide produced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails, part of the award-winning Florida state park system. Trail maps for five different regions are divided into land and paddling trails with each trail marked with an icon and featured by name and category. Trails two miles or longer have been included.
“This guide is a must for residents and visitors who enjoy outdoor recreation,” said Donald Forgione, Director of the Florida Park Service, “It shows the abundance and diversity of trails found in Florida — all available in one easy-to-navigate site.”
Non-motorized trails are increasingly seen as a way to improve the overall health of Florida residents and visitors and they contribute to Florida’s tourist economy. According to the American Heart Association, every dollar spent on biking and walking paths could save approximately $3 in medical expenses. In addition, trails are part of the booming outdoor recreation industry. According to the 2012 Outdoor Industry Association report, outdoor recreation in Florida generates $38.3 billion in consumer spending and creates nearly 330,000 jobs.
The Greenways and Trails Online Trail Guide can be accessed by logging onto www.floridagreenwaysandtrails.com.
March 18, 2014