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 hikeLand managing agency contacts can be found here.

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Procedure for submitting a Notice to Hikers and NTH Template


Interim COVID-19 Operating Procedures

Date Approved: 5/14/20
*Subject to change*

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, the FTA board, staff, and our U.S. Forest Service partners have been closely monitoring conditions in Florida, and working together to provide operating procedures that keep our communities safe. The FTA board has voted to approve the following until further notice:

General recommendations to hikers

  • As always, only hike sections of the trail that are open to the public according to the relevant land managing agency.
  • Only hike on the Florida Trail if it is within close proximity of your home. A rule of thumb suggested by the American Hiking Society is to stay within about 50 miles of your home.
  • If significant travel is required, we recommend instead that you explore your local trails and open spaces to reduce risk of spreading the disease.
  • Follow CDC social distancing guidelines while hiking.
  • Avoid trailheads that appear to be crowded.

 

Trail Maintenance

  • Will continue to be suspended until at least July 1st, 2020.
  • Forest Service liability coverage for trail maintainers will continue to be suspended until trail maintenance activities are formally allowed to resume.
  • If trail conditions, such as significantly damaged infrastructure, require immediate attention due to potential safety risks to hikers:
    • FTA Regional Trail Managers should be contacted immediately.
    • FTA and USFS staff will work with the relevant land manager to determine if accommodations need to be made to allow for volunteers to address the situation, or if a temporary closure or reroute is necessary.

 

Click here for PDF of FTA Interim COVID-19 Operating Procedures 5.14.2020


COVID-19 Related Notices to Hikers


General


Panhandle


Northern


Central


Southern