COMMUNITY TRAILS CALENDAR
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
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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).
- 9-15: Paddle Florida's
Florida Keys Challenge.
Paddle 65 miles in azure waters from Curry Hammock State
Park to Key West. Sea kayaks recommended.
- 21: Sunrise Canoe Tour at Ichetucknee Springs State Park, 6:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. $15 per person including canoe rental and
transportation. Call the park office at 386-497-4690.
Tour de Cape Bike Tours,
Cape Coral. 5K run/walk, 3 mile mini family bike ride; 15,
30, 62 and 100 mi bike rides; combo bike and run option.
Springs. This is not a race but a bicycle challenge: 50 miles of singletrack trails and woods roads along the
Suwannee River. Sponsored by the Suwannee Bicycle
- 28: Day Paddle and Manatee Watch with the
Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
a 6-mile paddle on the St. Johns River from Saratoga
Harbor to Welaka Springs and back, with a cookout
Southern Trailriders Association - Ecofina River State
Park - a 3 hour slow horseback ride (bring your own horse)
through beautiful upland and swamp lands.
FEBRUARY 2017, Florida Hiking Trails Month
out hikes on the
Florida State Parks website and
Florida Trail Association Calendar.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Heritage and
Outdoors (WHO) Festival, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Exhibits,
tours, demonstrations, games, crafts and music.
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.
Full moon paddling trip on Santa Fe Lake from
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with the
Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO.
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.
Apalachee Transit Hike, St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge. Fourth of a series of
Association backpack trips on the Florida National
Scenic Trail. 43.1 miles.
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
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.
Florida Bicycle Month
- 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
- 10-12: Santos Fat Tire
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
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.
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.
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.
National Bike Month
JUNE 2017, Great Outdoors Month
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!
National Recreation and
- 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.
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!
Wings Over Florida - Guana River
Wildlife Environmental Area. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. A
guided hike and birding trip.
43rd Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival 14 bike routes
and festivities. Registration opens in May.
Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit, Durham, NC. Sponsored by the East Coast
Annual Bike Ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail, one
of the top ten destination trails in the nation.
Paddlesport Conference, Wesser, NC. Family paddling
opportunties, educational sessions, instructor training
workshops, canopy tour etc.
Bike Florida's Forgotten Coast Tour. The tour begins at St. Joe and
includes Apalachicola, St. George Island, Wakulla Springs,
and the St. Mark National Wildlife Refuge. This is a small
NOVEMBER 2017, Florida Paddlesports Month
Tour, Bike Florida's tour of Florida's east coast, St.
Augustine to Palatka.
Wings Over Florida -
Hungryland Wildlife Environmental Area. 8:30 a.m.-11:30
p.m. A guided hike and birding trip of the area.