About Us

Incorporated in 1964, the Florida Trail Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization based in Gainesville, Florida. Since 1966, we’ve been working statewide to develop and maintain hiking trails for public use, most notably our 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail, designated in 1983. With 18 local chapters throughout Florida, our association provides a place for hikers to gather and enjoy each other’s company in the great outdoors while serving the public through their trail work. We work in cooperation with the National Forests in Florida, the Federal management agency for the trail, and several dozen other landowners statewide to keep the Florida Trail open for recreational use.


Our Mission

The mission of the FTA is what drives our organization.  Read about our mission.



It all started as one man’s dream of building a footpath across Florida. Read up on how it all started.



Chapters are the backbone of the Florida Trail.  Find a local chapter near you!




Constantly working with FTA’s mission in mind, on and off the Trail. Meet the team.


Carlos Schomaker

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors work hard to guide the organization. Meet the board.



Financials, Reports and Plans

As a non-profit organization, we strive to be transparent. See our financials, meeting minutes and governing documents.



From our volunteer projects to our Annual Conference, we have something for everyone. Learn more.



Footprint Magazine

Keep up on what’s going on with the FTA and the Trail with this quarterly publication. Check out The Footprint.



Job Opportunities

Want to be a part of the crew?  Check out our job opportunities.


Contact Us

5415 SW 13 Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 378-8823