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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).

FEBRUARY 2016, Florida Hiking Month! Take a look at the February activities calendar for the Florida Trail Association.

  • Monday Morning Nature Walks in Highlands Hammock State Park, 9 a.m. to 10:30. Guided nature walks every Monday morning from February 1 through March.
  • Jubilee Ecotourism Expo, February 6, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jupiter Community Center. Learn about the eco-tourism opportunities in the region.
  • Loop the Lake for Literacy February 6 starting at Port Mayaca. Various lengths are offered on the most scenic stretches of the Lake Okeechobee dike.
  • World Wetlands Day Celebration at Corkscrew Swamp Santuary near Naples, February 6-7. Includes guided walks, explorations of birds and plants, demonstrations and kids activities.
  • Heartbreaker Adventure Race Saturday, February 13, Silver Springs State Park. Three courses have been designed for every level of adventure, from a one hour family adventure, to a sport 4-hour adventure, to an elite 8-hour adventure that combines trekking, canoeing, mountain biking and orienteering.
  • Ride 4 Orphans to benefit orphanage in Haiti, February 13, Spanish River Church, Boca Raton.
  • Paddle to Cannon Springs in the Rodman Reservoir with the Putnam Blueways & Trails CSO. Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MARCH 2016, Florida Biking Month!

  • Everglades Bike Ride, March 13. Begin in historic Everglades City. 62 and 16 mile road routes; 27-mile on/off route which goes through the beautiful and wild Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. For more information, call (239) 695-2397 or visit www.caamevents.com/event/everglades-ride/

  • 8th Annual Pedal for PAL Bike Tour March 13 starting at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Rides of varying lengths are offered.

  • Royal Palm Classic March 13, Fort Myers Brewing Company, Fort Myers. Presented by the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club.

  • The Up with Down Bike Ride to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day March 19, Palm Coast.

  • Traditional Qajaqers of the South Greenland Kayaking Symposium March 18-20, Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center. The weekend includes Greenland style strokes, rescues and rolling classes, presentations, a bonfire and morning yoga as well as lodging and all meals.

  • The Tour de Parks Bike Ride Sunday, March 20. This inclues bike routes for 20 miles, 35 miles and 62 miles. The rides start and finish at the history Venice Trail Depot in Venice.

  • The 2016 St. Johns River Tour, March 22-April 3. Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, and a team of river advocates will journey the 310-mile length of the St. Johns River with a goal of raising awareness about river issues and uniting people and organizations.

  • March 30th, Take a Walk in the Park Day!

APRIL 2016

  • Paddle Florida Suwannee River Paddling Festival April 1-3. Supported 12-20 mile trip options on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers along with evening entertainment and educational events (register by March 18).
  • We Bike for Kids Ride April 2, Wildwood Community Center, Wildwood. Route options of varying lengths are offered.
  • Hibiscus Ride cycling event April 9, Vero Beach. Rides of varying lengths are offered.
  • Katie Ride cycling event to benefit Katie Caples Foundation's organ donor education and awareness raising programs, April 16, Amelia Island. Rides of varying lengths are offered.
  • April 19th, Bicycle Day!
  • April 22nd, Earth Day!
  • Ride to Remember to benefit ElderCare of Alachua County April 23, Gainesville. A 25 or 50 mile cycling loop is available.
  • Ride for the Arts April 30, Ocala. A 38 or 65 mile route through historic Ocala and scenic Marion County.

MAY 2016, National Bike Month!

  • Great Dock Canoe Race, May 14 in Naples Bay in historic Crayton Cove at the City Dock. Wildly decorated canoes compete in multiple races to celebrate the end of the busy winter season.

JUNE 2016, Great Outdoors Month!

  • June 6th, National Trails Day!
  • June 15th, Nature Photography Day!

JULY 2016, National Recreation and Parks Month!



OCTOBER 2016, Greenways and Trails Month!

  • Stay tuned for information about the Suwannee Fat Tire Festival, the Apalachicola RiverTrek, Paddle Florida's Suwannee River Wilderness Trail Trip, and more!
  • Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off October 1, Gainesville. Three scenic routes of varying lengths are offered. Raise money to support breast cancer research.

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!
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