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  • 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 can be found at the LOST website.

  • OGT is asking you to please consider sharing your greenways and trails success stories, upcoming events and calendar announcements. In turn, the information offered may be featured in the Office of Greenways and Trails quarterly Newsletter, Connections, or listed on our community calendar below. Send information and notices to doug.alderson@dep.state.fl.us.
  • Be sure to check out the numerous Florida state park events offered every month. The drop down menu can help you narrow down events to just hiking, bicycling, equestrian and paddling if you wish.

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


  • Guided Paddle on South Creek in Oscar Scherer State Park, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. This natural tidal creek can sometimes be too shallow for a paddle, so a guided walk is the alternate option. 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.
  • Guided Hike & Bike in Oscar Scherer State Park, Fridays, 9 a.m. Walk along one of six park trails and then bike on Green Trail and portion of Legacy Trail. Also, guided scrub habitat walks in the park every Sunday morning from 8:30-10;00 a.m.
  • Kayak 101 Clinic followed by short guided tour at St. George Island State Park, third Sunday of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. State parks are partnering with the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network who will provide kayaks at no charge for the first 15 people who make a reservation by calling 850-927-2111.
  • Kayak 101 Clinic followed by short guided tour of Lake Hall in Maclay Gardens State Park, third Saturday of each month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. State parks are partnering with the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network who will provide kayaks at no charge for the first 15 people who make a reservation by calling 850-487-4566.
  • Ranger-led walks from the visitor's center of Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville every Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • 4th Saturday Paddle with the Apalachicola Riverkeeper on an Apalachicola River tributary or the river itself. Kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For reservations, call 850-653-8936 or contact by e-mail. Free to members; $30 for non-members (which entitles one to one-year membership).

JULY 2016, National Recreation and Parks Month!

  • Doggy Paddle & Sail, July 4, U.S. Sailing Center in Martin County. Hosted by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
  • Ribbon cutting and inaugural ride on Daytona's Sweetheart Trail, Thursday, July 14, 5:30 p.m. behind the City Island Library.


  • 5th Paddle at the Porch, Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m., Destin. Paddleboard races behind the Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar.
  • Chipola River Paddle Jam 5 mile kayak and paddle board fundraiser, Saturday, August 20, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Meet at Citizens Lodge in Marianna. Hosted by Florida Forest Service and Operation Outdoor Freedom.


  • Bike Your Park Day, September 24. Celebrate National Public Lands Day and the National Park Service's Centennial. Find an event near you!

OCTOBER 2016, Greenways and Trails Month!

  • Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off October 1, Gainesville. Three scenic routes of varying lengths are offered. Raise money to support breast cancer research.
  • CF Cycle for Life along Lake Monroe and through Volusia County, Sunday, October 4, to support a cure for cystic fibrosis.
  • Spaghetti 100 Saturday, October 8, 8 a.m. Scenic rides through the back country of North Florida and South Georgia beginning in the town of Miccosukee. Several lengths of dirt and paved routes are offered.
  • Paddle Florida's Suwannee River Wilderness Trail trip, October 17-24. Celebrate Florida's version of autumn by paddling 99 miles on its most famous river.
  • 4th Annual Celebration of Cycling presented by Bike Florida and the Florida Bicycle Association, October 28-29, Wyndham Garden Hotel in Gainesville. A daylong series of speakers and panel discussions is followed by a Share the Road Memorial Ride.


NOVEMBER 2016, Florida Paddlesports Month!

  • Big O Hike around Lake Okeechobee. Nine days, 109 miles around Florida's largest lake. Held during Thanksgiving week.
  • Freedom Ride cycling event November 19, Wauchula. Save the date!
  • 37th Annual Horrible 100, November 19-20 in the Clermont area. Choose from hilly routes of 35, 70 and 100 miles and enjoy a simultaneous cycling and fitness expo.


  • Paddle Florida's first ever Ocklawaha Odyssey, December 2-6. 48 miles of paddling fun down the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers.


  • Paddle Florida's Florida Keys Challenge, January 9-15. Paddle 65 miles in azure waters from Curry Hammock State Park to Key West. Sea kayaks recommended.


  • Paddle Florida's Great Calusa Blueway paddling adventure, February 11-17. Explore 57 miles of rivers, bays, creeks, mangrove tunnels, historic sites and more. Sea kayaks recommended.

MARCH 2016

  • Santos Fat Tire Festival, March 10-12, Santos Trailhead, Cross Florida Greenway. Presented by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association.
  • Paddle Florida's Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River, March 11-17. Wind through 76 miles of largely protected lands, from wild river swamps and sloughs to the expansive Ochlockonee Bay.
  • Gullah Geechee 2017 Bike Florida Tour, March 19-24, SAVE the DATE!

APRIL 2017

  • 10th Annual Everglades Bike Ride, Sunday, April 2, starting at McLeod Park in Everglades City. A 15 and 62 mile on-road ride is offered along with a 27-mile off-pavement ride.
  • Paddle Florida's Suwannee River Paddling Festival, April 7-9. Options of 12-20 mile days on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers along with a celebration at Suwannnee River State Park base camp.
  • Save the date: Circumnavigational Trail Reunion April 21-23 at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

MAY 2017

JUNE 2017, Great Outdoors Month!

  • National Trails Day, June 3. Find an event near you!

JULY 2017, National Recreation and Parks Month!

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