The Florida Trail (FNST) is a congressionally designated National Scenic Trail. It is approximately 1,500-miles long, and is intended to offer a continuous, permanent non-motorized recreation opportunity for hiking and other compatible activities. Over its length, it showcases the incredible biodiversity, history, and rich culture of Florida. Its termini lie in Gulf Islands National Seashore to the North, and Big Cypress National Preserve to the South. It is one of 11 congressionally designated National Scenic Trails.
The Florida Trail Association (FTA) is a non-profit volunteer organization that builds, maintains, and protects the Florida Trail. The FTA is committed to preserving the Florida Trail as a scenic footpath which showcases the diversity of Florida’s ecosystems. Many sections of the Florida Trail are well-developed, have modern facilities, and can accommodate a broader range of users, including children, bicyclists, and people with accessibility needs. The FTA supports and encourages all people to get outdoors and recreate responsibly on the Florida Trail.
Click the regional links above for more information on each section of trail, including a narrative description, land management information, and more on what you can expect to find on the Florida Trail.
Florida’s Panhandle offers beautiful hiking experiences along the Gulf of Mexico.
Here visitors can be treated to pine-fringed estuaries and long walks along the sparkling sands. The panhandle is known for its “hills,” where hikers are challenged to transverse steep ravines, along narrow footpaths. Florida’s high point is here, as are the highest points on the Florida Trail.
As a strike contrast, low boggy areas and seepage slopes are host to a colorful assortment of wildflowers, including terrestrial orchids and pitcher plants.
North Florida is a window into the past, passing through 1700’s plantations and civil war battlefields. The region is known primarily for its flatwood forests and hilly terrain along spring-fed, tannin-rich rivers.
Circling conservation areas around the Greater Orlando Metro Region, the Florida Trail splits into its Eastern and Western corridors. Travel through palmetto and pine flatwoods, creekside hammocks, rolling sandhills and floodplain forests.
Explore the wet wilderness of sawgrass prairies, hardwood hammocks and dwarf cypress swamps of Southern Florida. Start your journey at the Southern Terminus in Big Cypress National Preserve, and trek through swamps, historic cattle country up to follow the winding Kissimmee River.