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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


  • Silver Springs State Park is featuring numerous trail events in October to celebrate their first year of being open as a state park. Oct 1: 10 a.m. guided trail ride (RSVP required) and a 2 p.m. Tram tour. Oct. 2: 10 a.m. river paddle (RSVP required) and a 2 p.m. Tram tour. Oct. 3: 2 p.m. Tram tour and a 8 p.m. moonlight paddle (RSVP required). Oct. 5: 2 p.m. Tram tour. Call 352-236-7148 for the RSVP events.

  • 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.
  • Pink Pumpkin Pedal Off on the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail October 4 at 8:30 a.m. Choose one of three scenic routes on this charity bike ride supporting breast cancer research at the University of Florida.
  • The Capital Region Transportation Agency (CRTPA) is holding four workshops in the Tallahassee region to receive input on traffic, roads, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, transit, trails, freight, rail, safety, and other related topics. On October 6, there are workshops in Gadsden and Jefferson Counties from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on October 7 there are workshops in Wakulla and Leon Counties from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here for more information.
  • The Northeast Everglades Trails Association (NETA) celebrates "Trail Day" and Florida Greenways and Trails Month at Riverbend Park near Jupiter with an all-user event (hike, bike, paddle, horseback). This October 11 event from 9 a.m. to noon is open to the public and novice trail users are encouraged to join. 
  • 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.
  • Welaka State Forest Fall Festival October 11, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Putnam Blueways and Trails is leading several kayaking, hiking and off-road bicycle trips throughout the day.
  • Phantoms in the Forest event at Silver Springs State Park on October 17, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Hike and tram tours before a fun and spooky storytelling event.
  • 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.

  • Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is hosting a bird walk in cooperation with the Citrus County Audubon Society on the Pepper Creek Trail Saturday, October 18. Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m. at the visitor center entrance. No charge. Binoculars and a birding guide are recommended.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The annual Leon County Parks and Recreation Greenways Days is being held Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the J.R. Alford Greenway. Come and enjoy demonstrations/exhibits, children's activities and hayride tours, and take advantage of the many trails in the area.

  • Halloween Bicycle Ride October 31, 7 p.m., with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO. Wear a costume, bring a light, and ride on the Lake Butler to Palakta State Trail starting at Grandin and heading towards Keystone Heights.


  • 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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