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  • 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 trail events offered by Florida state parks every month by clicking here.


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

FEBRUARY 2015 - Florida Hiking Trails Month!

  • Iron Horse Endurance Runs: 100 mile, 110 KM and 50 mile endurance runs on Palatka Lake Butler Trail and Florida Forest Service unpaved roads, Saturday, February 7, 7 a.m. at Florahome.
  • Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" Saturday, February 21st. This is not a race and visitors can also do it any time of year. It includes biking the 15 mile loop road from the Shark Valley Visitor Center, a 3 mile loop hike from the Oasis Visitor Center, and a 3.5 mile canoe or kayak trip from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City.
  • Highlands County Inaugural Wheelchair Derby, Saturday, February 21, 9 a.m. at Highlands Hammock State Park. The event will consist of wheelchair races, tram rides, a wheelchair obstacle course, and a 5K Stride and Stroll Run.
  • Kick-off meeting about the South Sumter Gap as part of the Coast to Coast Trail, Thursday, February 26, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., City of Websiter Community Building, 49 SE 1st Street, Webster, 33597. Contact Brian Rushcher with OGT for more information, 850-245-2078.

MARCH 2015 - Florida Bicycle Month!

  • Florida Bike Month Events are located throughout the state and through the entire month. In addition, March 16-20 is Bike to Work Week (or to the destination of your choice); March 20 is Bike to Work Day; March 18 is Pause for People Day to remember those lost in traffic fatalities and to honor people who are pedestrians, cyclists and motorisits.
  • The Villages 14th Annual Outdoor Expo, Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., La Hacienda Recreation Center, The Villages
  • Full Moon Paddle with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO, Wednesday, March 4, from 6-9 p.m., at Lake Broward. A paddling clinic starts at 3:30 p.m. the same day.
  • Saturday, March 7, Azalea Festival Kayak Poker Run from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and a bicycle poker run from 2 - 4 p.m. the same day. Both activities start at the clock tower on the waterfront in downtown Palatka and are being organized by the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO. The next day at 2 p.m., the group will lead a 25 mile bike ride from Palatka to Hastings and back on less traveled roads.

APRIL 2015

  • Palatka Bicycle Festival April 18-19, sponsored by Palatka Main Street and the Putnam Blueways & Trails CSO. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Earth Day 2015, April 25, 9 - 3, Cascades Park, Tallahassee.
   
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