The Florida Trail Association offers several different ways to get involved and participate in activities. Our Association is made of up 18 different chapters that all organize activities for members in their area.
To find an activity in your area, click here!
Our prime backpacking season is December to March, with most major organized events occuring in February, designated by the state as Florida Hiking Trails Month.
You'll find activities scheduled during all of our hiking season, October through May. Organized backpacking trips are rare in our summer months, since the heat, insects, and afternoon thundershowers dampen the experience.
Suggested Backpacking Trips
Overnight Trips (loop)
•Croom Tract Loop Trail, Croom Tract, Withlacoochee State Forest, 20 miles
•Fort Braden Hiking Trail, Lake Talquin State Forest, 18 miles
•East Loop & West Loop, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 17 miles
•Dupuis Hiking Trail, Dupuis Wildlife Management Area, 15 miles
•Torreya Hiking Trail, Torreya State Park, 12 miles
•Florida Trail, Bull Creek WMA, 12 miles
•Big Oak Hiking Trail, Suwannee River State Park , 12 miles
•Florida Trail, Three Lakes WMA, 12 miles
•Buster Island Loop, Lake Kissimmee State Park, 6.5 miles
•Collier-Seminole Hiking Trail, Collier-Seminole State Park, 6.5 miles
Overnight Trips (linear)
•Florida Trail, Econfina Creek, 18 miles
•Florida Trail, Juniper Springs to Hopkins Prairie , 11 miles
3 Day Weekend
•Florida Trail, Blackwater River State Forest, 38 miles
•Florida Trail, Green Swamp, 34 miles
•Florida Trail, Hickory Hammock to Kicco, 31 miles
•Ocean to Lake Trail, Everglades Youth Camp (Corbett WMA) to DuPuis Reserve entrance, 26 miles
•Richloam Loop , Richloam Tract, Withlacoochee State Forest, 26 miles
•Florida Trail, Osecola National Forest, 21 miles
•Arbuckle Trail , Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, 19 miles (loop)
Less than 1 Week
•Florida Trail, Eglin Air Force Base, US 331 to FL 85, 49 miles (permit required)
•Florida Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve, 45 miles
•Citrus Hiking Trail , Withlacoochee State Forest, 43 miles (loop)
•Myakka Hiking Trail, Myakka River State Park, 35.9 miles (loop)
•Florida Trail, Cross Florida Greenway , Pruitt Trailhead to Marshall Swamp, 31 miles
•Florida Trail, Suwannee River , 58 miles (membership required)
•Florida Trail, St. Marks NWR , 54 miles (permit required)
1 Week or More
•Florida Trail around Lake Okeechobee , 112 miles (loop)
•Florida Trail, Ocala National Forest , 70 miles
•Florida Trail, Apalachicola National Forest, 71 miles
You'll find day hikes scheduled during all of our hiking season, October through May. Organized trips are less common in our summer months, and tend to be early morning adventures, when it's a little cooler outside.
Spectacular Day Hikes
•Florida Trail, Juniper Prairie Wilderness, 8.5 miles linear
•Florida Trail, Aucilla WMA , 9 mile linear
•Florida Trail, Holton Creek WMA, Suwannee River , 12 miles round-trip
•Florida Trail & Ravine Trail, Gold Head Branch State Park, 3.5 miles linear
•Florida Trail, Etoniah Creek State Forest , 6 mile round-trip to ravine
•Little Manatee River Trail, Little Manatee River State Park, 6.5 mile loop
•Florida Trail, Little-Big Econ State Forest, 8 mile round-trip from Barr Street trailhead, Oviedo
•Bulow Creek Hiking Trail, 7 miles linear
•Hal Scott Preserve Hiking Trail, Hal Scott Preserve, 5 mile loop
•Split Oak Forest Hiking Trail, Split Oak Mitigation Park, 8 mile loop
•Daubenmire Trail, Flat Island Preserve, 3.5 mile loop
•Hillsborough River State Park Hiking Trail, Hillsborough River State Park, 3.2 mile loop
•Seabranch Preserve Hiking Trail, Seabranch Preserve State Park, 4.8 mile double loop
Wheelchair Accessible (with assistance)
•Nice Wander Trail, Osceola National Forest, 2 mile loop
Paddling trips are a prime summer activity for Florida Trail members. With the weather a bit too hot for any serious hiking, we take to the waterways on summer mornings to enjoy our crystalline spring runs and twisting, winding creeks and rivers.
Visit our Activities Calendar and type in "paddle" or "backpacking" for opportunities to join upcoming trips led by activity leaders from our various chapters.