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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes portions of Lake O Scenic Trail & Boat Ramp:
    The USACE will close additional portions of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) as rehabilitation continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the earthen structure surrounding the lake. The trail and boat ramp are expected to be closed for the duration of construction, currently estimated to last about 18 months as of April 11, 2014. In addition to these new closures, the trail remains closed in various locations between Moore Haven and South Bay on the south side of the lake, and between Canal Point and Port Mayaca on the east side. More information on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and a map of current closures can be found at the LOST website.
  • Repairs have begun on the State Road 207 bike trail in St. Johns County. The trail will be closed until work is complete in early 2015.

  • The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) needs your assistance! We would like to help citizens and visitors to Florida stay informed and involved in the numerous projects and events occurring regularly on greenways and trails throughout our state.

    Promoting the economic, health, transportation, recreation and conservation benefits of greenways and trails, as well as providing information to the public about where these opportunities exist, is vital to the success of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.

    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

APRIL 2015

  • National Walking Day is April 1 and the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO is sponsoring a 2-mile "Walk with the Mayor" in Palatka at 5:30 p.m., teaming up with the county health department. National Walking Day is promoted by the American Heart Association. There is also a 10 a.m. guided hike that day in Ravine Gardens State Park.
  • Full Moon Paddle on Lake Grandin with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO, April 3, 7 p.m.
  • Space Coast Connector Hike or Bike, Saturday, April 4. This is a 7-mile stretch of the future East Coast Regional Rail Trail/Coast to Coast Connector. Registration is required. Participants can hike or mountain bike this unpaved section.
  • 38th Wild Hog Kayak/Canoe Race, Saturday, April 18, on the Waccasassa River near Bronson. This is a narrow and twisting 15-mile course of rocks, snags, low-hanging limbs and small shoals, a true obstacle course.
  • Earth Day 2015 is Wednesday, April 22, but events will be held throughout the week. Check out the many Earth Day events sponsored by Florida State Parks.

MAY 2015

  • Space Coast Connector Hike or Bike, Saturday, May 2. This is a 7-mile stretch of the future East Coast Regional Rail Trail/Coast to Coast Connector. Registration is required. Participants can hike or mountain bike this unpaved section.

  • Tails and Trails 5K and 10K races on trails in Tom Brown Park in Tallahassee, Saturday, May 2.

  • Palm Bluff Trail Race and Ultra "Margaritas & Manure," Sunday, May 3, at the Palm Bluff Conservation Area near Osteen.

  • "Close the Gap" Assessment of the Sumter County Study Area fo the Coast to Coast Connector Trail, Thursday, May 7, 4:45 - 6:30 Open House, Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort, Webster.

  • International Trails Symposium hosted by American Trails, May 17-20, Portland, Oregon. Dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops are featured covering every aspect of trails, greenways and blueways.

  • Florida Folk Festival, May 22-24, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs

JUNE 2015 - Great Outdoors Month

JULY 2015 - National Recreation and Parks Month

AUGUST 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015

  • Stay tuned for information about open houses to update the opportunity trails maps as part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.

OCTOBER 2015, Florida Greenways and Trails Month

  • 13th Florida Paddlers' Rendezvous, Suwannee River, October 16-18. Contact Sam Gellerstedt for more information, 727-265-7556.

NOVEMBER 2015

  • WHEELS--ten thousand people on bikes, transit and trails in South Miami, November 11-15. The closed-to-cars cyclovia, three nights of block parties, and a Friday afternoon/Saturday morning conference are all free. The East Coast Greenway Alliance Fall Summit will be part of this event on the 13-15.
   
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