Please note, many land management agencies along the Florida Trail still remain closed. We are working hard to keep our Trail Closures & Notices page
up to date with all closures and official notices, but note that this resource is not updated outside of regular business hours. Please refer to official land manager and agency websites for the most up to date information before heading out to the trail for a local day hike.
After careful consideration, the FTA board has made the decision to further the postponement of all in-person events, including but not limited to activity hikes, trail maintenance, chapter meetings, and other meetings, until at least May 15th. During this time, trail work done by an individual would not fall under the US Forest Service sponsored volunteer agreement, and therefore would not be covered by US Forest Service liability insurance. We will reevaluate the circumstances and update our community if this recommendation will be extended beyond May 15th.
As the state begins to reopen, we will work with our partners to develop safety protocols which will allow for FTA in-person activities to resume. Our FTA staff is working diligently to develop sanititation guidelines and procedures for all FTA-related events, which will be shared publically as soon as they are available.
In accordance with the Alachua County Stay-at-Home order which currently remains in effect, the FTA office in Gainesville is still closed to the public until further notice.You are welcome to continue to place orders from the FTA store or purchase FTA memberships, but there will be a delay in processing orders and memberships at this time. Thank you in advance for your patience.
The Florida Trail will still be available once this passes; but there is far more we could be losing if we do not take this pandemic seriously. Our collective responsibility is to protect the health of our communities and to reduce the strain on our healthcare system. Thank you for your passion and commitment to the Florida Trail. Together, we’ll do all we can to reduce the spread and severity of COVID-19. We’re wishing you good health and safety during this challenging time.