Florida Trail Association

Trail Closures and Notices

Below are the existing trail closures and notice to hikers (NTH) on the Florida Trail (FNST). Trail conditions are categorized by region, with the most recent notice first. This information depends on your contributions. Please report trail conditions by contacting the FTA office at fta@floridatrail.org, 352-378-8823.

Please NOTE:  Permanent trail corridor changes to the FNST will be followed with an annual (each October) update to the official FNST maps.  The related NTH will be removed from this website at that time.

***Florida has unpredictable weather and environmental conditions such as storms and wildfires. Sudden closures or trail notices may not be immediately reflected on our website. As an important part of planning your hike, be sure to contact or visit the website of the land managing agency for the section you to plan to hike.

Check back often for the latest information. Please visit our store for the latest trail maps.

Procedure for submitting a Notice to Hikers and NTH Template


COVID-19 Updates

4/2/2020: 
In response to the Stay at Home order Governor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday afternoon, we urge you to please stay off the Florida Trail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many sections and facilities along the trail are closed and more are continuing to close each day. Traveling out of town to access the FT also puts the health and safety of our rural communities at risk (i.e. food/gas). We need to take all precautions to limit the spread and severity of COVID-19. Unless the FT is close to you and that corresponding section is open and uncrowded, we encourage you to take only limited, local nature walks practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet.
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. Flatten the curve. Please stay at home.


3/23/2020:
After monitoring widespread and rapidly changing closures across the Florida Trail, the FTA is strongly recommending that the public cease backpacking on the Florida Trail, including section hiking and thru-hiking. In addition to trail and campsite closures, many local businesses typically used for resupply points are closed.

The FTA feels that ending and postponing long distance hikes during this national emergency aligns wirh widely-accepted medical, government, and scientific recommendations for avoiding exposure and limiting the spread of COVID-19 to our communities.

We are working hard to keep our Notice to Hikers 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.

After careful consideration, the FTA board has made the decision to cancel and/or postpone all in-person events, including but not limited to activity hikes, trail maintenance, chapter meetings, and other meetings, until May 1. 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.

In addition, the FTA office in Gainesville has been closed to the public until further notice. With more FTA staff working remotely, you may notice some delays in our ability to process orders from the FTA store, process new memberships, and respond to questions. Thank you in advance for your patience.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 after hiking the trail, please email communications@floridatrail.org so we can take the necessary steps to alert land managers and other entities along the trail.

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.

General


Panhandle


Northern


Central


Southern