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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) closes portions of Lake O Scenic Trail & Boat Ramp:
    The USACE will close portions of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) as rehabilitation continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the earthen structure surrounding the lake. More information on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and a map of current closures are on the LOST website.

  • Share your greenways and trails success stories, upcoming events and calendar announcements. The information may be featured in the Office of Greenways and Trails quarterly electronic Newsletter, Connections, or listed on our community calendar below. Send information and notices to doug.alderson@dep.state.fl.us.


 equestrians in Apalachicola Forest by Tracie Churhard West Orange Trail, Winter Garden, by Doug Alderson paddler on Ichetucknee River by Doug Alderson

RECURRING AND ONGOING EVENTS

  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Guided Paddle on South Creek in Oscar Scherer State Park. This natural tidal creek can sometimes be too shallow for a paddle, so a guided walk is the alternative. Registration between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at the Ranger Station on day of the paddle on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals are available.
  • Fridays, 9 a.m. Guided Hike & Bike in Oscar Scherer State Park. Walk one of six park trails and then bike on the Green Trail and a portion of the Legacy Trail. Also, guided scrub habitat walks in the park every Sunday morning from 8:30-10:00 a.m.
  • 3rd Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. Nature Hike with David at Silver Springs State Park,
  • 4th Saturday Paddle with the Apalachicola Riverkeeper on an Apalachicola River tributary or the river itself. Kayaks available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations, call 850-653-8936 or contact by e-mail. Free to members; $30 for non-members (which entitles one to a one-year membership).

FEBRUARY 2017, Florida Hiking Trails Month

  •  Check out hikes on the Florida State Parks website and Florida Trail Association Calendar.
  • 4: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Heritage and Outdoors (WHO) Festival, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Exhibits, tours, demonstrations, games, crafts and music.
  • 4: Paddling trip around Rat and Polly Islands near the St. Johns River from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO.
  • 10: Full moon paddling trip on Santa Fe Lake from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO.
  • 10-12: Birds of a Feather Fest, Palm Coast. Flagler County with more than 125 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails is a birder's paradise. The City of Palm Coast festival and guided field trips.
  • 10-13: Apalachee Transit Hike, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Fourth of a series of Florida Trail Association backpack trips on the Florida National Scenic Trail. 43.1 miles.
  • 11: Southern Trailriders Association - St Marks River State Park slow 2-3 hour horseback ride (bring your own horse) and chili after the ride.
  • 11-17: Paddle Florida's Great Calusa Blueway paddling adventure. Explore 57 miles of rivers, bays, creeks, mangrove tunnels, historic sites and more. Sea kayaks recommended.
  • 18: Southern Trailriders Association - Joe Budd Wildlife Managment Area - 3-4 hours slow horseback ride (bring your own horse).
  • 18: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Festival in the Woods at Picayune Strand State Forest, Collier County. Free event with guest speakers and guided hikes and bike tours.
  • 26: Havana Hills Ride. Choice of a 48-mile or 88-mile loop along scenic and challenging roads in the Tallahassee area. Sponsored by Bicycle Tallahassee.

MARCH 2017, Florida Bicycle Month

  • 3: Bike 305 Bike to Work Day beginning at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station in Miami, 7:15 a.m. refreshments and 8:30 opening ceremony followed by escorted bike ride to downtown Miami.
  • 4-5: Fort DeSoto Park on Tampa Bay, two WaterTribe events begin: 67-mile Ultra Marathon from Tampa Bay to Stump Pass and the 300-mile Everglades Challenge from Tampa to Key Largo. The Everglades Challenge is an expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes and small sailboats.
  • 10-12: Santos Fat Tire Festival, Santos Trailhead, Cross Florida Greenway. Presented by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association.
  • 11-17: Paddle Florida's Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River. Wind through 76 miles of largely protected lands, from wild river swamps and sloughs to the expansive Ochlockonee Bay.
  • 26: Tour de Parks 20, 35 and 62-mile scenic fun rides in 12 parks. Sponsored by the Friends of the Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club.

APRIL 2017

  • 6-8: Sportsability 2017, Tallahassee and Ochlockonee River State Park. Geared toward people with varying abilities and physical challenges, participants can try activities ranging from sit water-skiing to horseback riding, rock wall climbing and more. Sponsored by the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association.
  • 7-9: Paddle Florida's Suwannee River Paddling Festival. Options of 12-20 mile paddles on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers along with a celebration at the Suwannnee River State Park, base camp.
  • 8-13: The 37th Florida Bicycle Safari, Live Oak, Cherry Lake campground. A 3-day or 6-days of riding in North FL and South Georgia.
  • 21-23: Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail Reunion at Wekiwa Springs State Park.
  • 29: Wings Over Florida - Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, Osceola County. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  A guided hike and birding trip.
  • 30: 26th Annual Tour de Forts Classic sponsored by the North Florida Bicycle Club. Bicycle rides of 25/37/56/70 and 100 miles on new routes starting at St. Augustine. Check club website for more information.

MAY 2017, National Bike Month

JUNE 2017, Great Outdoors Month

  • 29: Wings Over Florida - Apalachicola River Wildlife Environmental Area, Osceola County. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  A guided hike and birding trip.
  • 3: American Hiking Society's, National Trails Day. Thousands of events. One shared experience. Find an event near you!

JULY 2017, National Recreation and Parks Month

AUGUST 2017

  • August-November: East Coast Greenway Alliance, East Coast Relay. A series of organized walks, runs, and bike rides along the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway from Maine to Key West, Florida.

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • 9: Wings Over Florida - Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area, Osceola County. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  A guided hike and birding trip of the area.

OCTOBER 2017, Florida Greenways and Trails Month

  • Stay tuned for information about the Suwannee Fat Tire Festival, Gainesville Cycling Festival, and Ride of the Living Dead and much more!
  • 7: Wings Over Florida - Guana River Wildlife Environmental Area. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.  A guided hike and birding trip.
  • 6-8: 43rd Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival 14 bike routes and festivities. Registration opens in May.

NOVEMBER 2017, Florida Paddlesports Month

  • 12-18: St Johns Tour, Bike Florida's tour of Florida's east coast, St. Augustine to Palatka.
  • 18: Wings Over Florida - Hungryland Wildlife Environmental Area. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.  A guided hike and birding trip of the area.
   
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