Safety Concerns on the Florida Trail Hiking in Florida is very different than hiking in most of the United States. Hikers who come here from the Appalachians, Rockies, and Cascades quickly discover that their preconceived notions about Florida hiking are turned upside down. Just because Florida doesn’t have mountains, don’t expect your hike to be a walk in the park.
In addition to the information here that is specific to hiking the Florida Trail, you can learn more about hiking safety under Safety First!, a series of articles from our magazine, the Florida Trail Footprint. In addition to hiker safety, these articles cover general outdoor and trail maintenance safety issues and are written by various members of the Florida Trail Association trail staff.