Get Outside and Explore Florida’s Greenways and Trails This Month

Oct. 2, 2015

In celebration of Florida Greenways and Trails Month, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites Florida residents and visitors to explore the more than 8,000 miles of land-based trails and 4,000 miles of paddling trails found throughout the Sunshine State.

“Greenways and Trails Month is the perfect opportunity for explorers of all ages to discover the hidden gems of Florida,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “Whether you prefer hiking, biking or paddling your way through the parks and trails, the natural beauty you’ll find on our award-winning trails is truly like no other.”

October is brimming with statewide recreational activities appealing to the varied interests of Florida’s residents and visitors. Accompany park rangers on a bird walk through Ravine Gardens State Park and learn how to identify commonly found birds by sight and sound. For those interested in biking, journey down the Withlacoochee State Trail, a 46-mile stretch of converted railroad track, during the 21st Annual Rails to Trails Bike Ride. Explore the Suwannee River via kayak or canoe at the 13th Annual Florida Paddler’s Rendezvous, where guests are invited to camp for the weekend and enjoy Florida’s natural beauty.

Various trail-related events are being offered at Florida state parks throughout the month, including a haunted moonlight hike and a fall wildflowers and butterflies walk. To find an extended list of activities occurring in an area near you, click here.

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