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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.


  • Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association September happenings: September 6 Florida National Scenic Trail clearing and re-painting of blazes; September 9 chapter meeting program on "Hiking through History: Exploring Archeological Sites in the American Southwest"; September 27 Econfina Creek Paddling trip.  Click here for details!
  • Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association September activities include a recurring walk in John Prince Park on the 1st Saturday of each month, a hike in Jonathan Dickinson State Park on the 1st Sunday of each month, a walk in Okeeheelee Park onthe 3rd  Saturday of each month, and a hike on the Apoxee and Owahee Trails on the 4th Satuday of each month. Monthly meetings are held the first Monday of every month. Click here for details!

  • Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association September activities include a hike a Circle B Bar Reserve followed by a chapter meeting and potluck on September 6. Click here for details!

  • Full Moon Paddle on Lake Stella with the Putnam Blueways & Trails, Monday, September 8.

  • 2014 Florida Outdoor Recreation Summit and FNST Symposium - Friday, September 12 from 9 - 4:30 at the Tallahassee Community College's Wakulla Center in Crawfordville. The theme is "Land, Water and Outdoor  Recreation". The following day at the same location the annual Florida National Scenic Trail Symposium will be held from 9 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 25th Annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride Sunday, September 14, through Fernandina Beach, Fort Clinch State Park and along the ocean on Amelia Island. Routes are available from 20 to 100 miles. Registration opens July 1. Sponsor is the North Florida Bicycle Club.
  • 47th Annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism, September 22 - 24, Boca Raton Resort & Club. This is the premier annual educational conference for the Florida tourism industry.

  • National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 27. The Cross Florida Greenway is hosting a work day at the Santos Campground at 8:30 a.m. and various groups are hosting trail events on the greenways that day. Click here to find a Florida event near you!
  • September 27 Plant Walk on the 1.3-mile Bear-N-Oak Trail in the Indian Lake State Forest near Ocala. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot. Call Charlie Pederson for more info: 352-955-2253. 


  • Hidden Coast Paddling Festival in the Steinhatchee-Jena area along the Big Bend Florida Coast, October 2-5. Activities include 23 guided paddling trips, a kayak fishing tournament and a boat cruise on the Steinhatchee River.
  • Wings on the Water Paddle Adventure at Lake Griffin State Park, October 4 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. Park rangers lead a guided paddling trip along the pristine Dead River along Lake Griffin. Event is free with park entrance but there are limited spaces, so registration is required. Call 352-360-6760.
  • Ocala Mountain Biking Association Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on the Santos Bike Trails East, Cross Florida Greenway, on October 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. To register, click here.
  • The Northeast Everglades Trails Association (NETA) celebrates "Trail Day" and Florida Greenways and Trails Month with an all-user event (hike, bike, paddle, horseback). This October 11 event is open to the public and novice trail users are encouraged to join. Stay tuned for details.
  • Guided Night Paddle in Oscar Scherer State Park on October 11 beginning a half hour before sunset. Cost is $10 per person. Call the ranger station to register at 941-483-5956.
  • October 18 Bird Walk with Audubon Society birders on the 1.3-mile Bear-N-Oak Trail in the Indian Lake State Forest near Ocala. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot. Call Charlie Pederson for more info: 352-955-2253.

  • Friends of Lake Louisa State Park's Equine Obstacle Trail Challenge at Lake Louisa State Park October 18 from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Riders will be tested on horsemanship and riding skills on 10 different obstacles along 6 miles of the park's beautiful equestrian trails.

  • Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Trail Mixer October 18, 2014. This is a 5 mile paddling excursion down the Withlacoochee River South with the team. Reservations required.

  • Cyclovia Tampa Bay will be held Sunday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa. This event, begun in Bogota, Colombia, turns major city streets into safe and open car-free environments.
  • 34th Annual Cycling Festival - October 24-25th in Gainesville, Florida. Friday "Share the Road" education and information session, including an afternoon Florida Bike-Ped Safety Summit, at Gainesville's restored historic train station at 203 SE Depot Avenue. The event is open and free to the public. You can order an optional $12 box lunch when you register.
  • Saturday, October 25th, 6-9 p.m., Second Annual Share the Road Awards Banquet sponsored by Bike Florida and the Florida Bicycle
    Association. Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites, Gainesville.

  • October 25 is the annual Ride of the Living Dead on the Cross Florida Greenway. Register now! The fun begins at 8 a.m. Don't miss the costume contest!
  • Paddle Florida's Suwannee River trip October 24 - 29. The trip includes 65 miles of the scenic Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and two of its spring-fed tributaries--the Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers.

  • The Horse Country & Springs Tour by Bike Florida, October 26-31. Includes accomodations, breakfasts and dinners, and support staff. Registration fees go up after August 29th.


  • Guided Night Paddle at Oscar Scherer State Park November 8 starting 30 minutes before sunset. Cost is $10 per person and space is limited, so call 941-483-5956 to register.



  • Paddle Florida's Keys Challenge, Jan. 15-22; 70-mile paddle from Long Key State Park to Key West with lots of sun, sand, blue waters and historic railroad bridges in between.
  • December 13, the Cross Florida Greenway staff needs volunteers to participate in the Ocala Christmas Parade as part of the Animal Unit. Contact Bre Ximenes if interested, 352-236-7143; bre.ximenes@dep.state.fl.us.


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