What is a Gateway Community?
A Gateway Community is a designated town in close proximity to the Florida Trail that offers accommodations, restaurants, grocery stores for thru-hiker resupply, and other recreational opportunities. This program works by connecting Florida Trail hikers to local businesses within the community, and making visitors to the community aware of the Florida Trail.
A Gateway Community not only brings awareness, safety, and accommodations that enhance hikers’ experience on the Florida Trail, but also provides publicity, tourism, and economic growth to each town’s local businesses.
Look for this decal (shown above) in the front window of local businesses in each Gateway Community**! This logo signifies official awareness and a partnership with the Florida National Scenic Trail.
(** Not all businesses listed on our GC pages will have this decal)
Visit our 11 Gateway Communities Here:
Click on a Gateway Community in the map or list above to learn more about our partnered businesses and recommendations.
Florida Trail Passport Program
The FT passport program is a fun way for hikers to visit our Gateway Communities and have a memento of each place they visited along the Florida Trail. Gateway Communities will be housing town and local business stamps!
For more information on the FT Passport Program and stamp locations visit: www.floridatrail.org/passport/