Indian River ChapterServing Brevard and Indian River counties
In 1981, the Indian River Chapter of the Florida Trail Association first brought hikers together along the Space Coast. Responsible for lengthy stretches of the Florida Trail through the eastern edge of Osceola County, the chapter is best known for its friendly, outgoing hospitality, inviting our fellow hikers to socialize at our chapter’s screen room during annual and regional conferences.
Among our membership, we proudly count two former Florida Trail Association presidents, Karl Eichorn and Ernie Baldini. Notable trail builder Ashby Box, who planned the Kissimmee section of the trail, and activity leader extraordinare, Bob Atwater, have since passed on, but our energetic activity leaders continue to lead hikes, paddling trips, birding walks, and maintenance trips along the trail as well as regularly scheduled events like the Annual Easter Egg Hike, which always kicks off at the Viera McDonalds at 9 AM on Easter Sunday.
The Indian River Chapter maintains the Florida Trail from Tosohatchee Reserve State Park south through Bull Creek WMA, Forever Florida, Three Lakes WMA, and Prairie Lakes WMA.
Our newest trail is the Triple N Ranch Trail, a new loop trail in the Florida Trail System, located near Holopaw off US 192.
The Florida Trail in Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area offers two loops, providing a place for hikers to enjoy day hikes and extended backpacking trips. A side trail off the loop leads to an observation deck over the Lake Kissimmee marshes. This vast wilderness in Osceola County is off Canoe Creek Road between Holopaw and Kenansville.
Triple N Ranch is the location of our newest loop trail. Walk into Florida’s pioneer past through palmetto prairies and past cypress domes in this classic Central Florida landscape, off US 192 west of Melbourne.
Tosohatchee Reserve State Park is a popular day hike and weekend backpacking destination off SR 50 west of Titusville. The Florida Trail tunnels through dense old-growth forests and a side trail leads to a rare stand of virgin cypress trees.
The Base Camp Outlet for camping and skiing supplies is located at 908 US 1 in Rockledge. Base Camp assists in the distribution of our newsletter, the FOOTLOG.