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  • 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 can be found at the LOST website.

  • 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


  • Guided Paddle on South Creek in Oscar Scherer State Park, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. This natural tidal creek can sometimes be too shallow for a paddle, so a guided walk is the alternate option. 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.
  • Guided Hike & Bike in Oscar Scherer State Park, Fridays, 9 a.m. Walk along one of six park trails and then bike on Green Trail and portion of Legacy Trail. Also, guided scrub habitat walks in the park every Sunday morning from 8:30-10;00 a.m.
  • Ranger-led walks from the visitor's center of Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville every Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • 4th Saturday Paddle with the Apalachicola Riverkeeper on an Apalachicola River tributary or the river itself. Kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For reservations, call 850-653-8936 or contact by e-mail. Free to members; $30 for non-members (which entitles one to one-year membership).


  • Paddle Florida's first ever Ocklawaha Odyssey, December 2-6. 48 miles of paddling fun down the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers.
  • Highlands Bike Fest, December 2-4, Sebring. One, two or three days of cycling in the gently rolling hills of Highlands County.
  • Sunrise Canoe Tour at Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Saturday, December 17, 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. $15 per person including canoe rental and transportation. Call the park office at 386-497-4690.


  • First Day Annual Hike, Sunday, January 1. Ring in the New Year with a refreshing winter hike at a Florida state park. Check the park service events calendar for a hike near you.
  • Paddle Florida's Florida Keys Challenge, January 9-15. Paddle 65 miles in azure waters from Curry Hammock State Park to Key West. Sea kayaks recommended.
  • Sunrise Canoe Tour at Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Saturday, January 21, 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. $15 per person including canoe rental and transportation. Call the park office at 386-497-4690.


  • Paddle Florida's Great Calusa Blueway paddling adventure, February 11-17. Explore 57 miles of rivers, bays, creeks, mangrove tunnels, historic sites and more. Sea kayaks recommended.

MARCH 2017

  • Santos Fat Tire Festival, March 10-12, Santos Trailhead, Cross Florida Greenway. Presented by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association.
  • Paddle Florida's Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River, March 11-17. Wind through 76 miles of largely protected lands, from wild river swamps and sloughs to the expansive Ochlockonee Bay.
  • Royal Palm Classic cycling event, Fort Myers, Sunday, March 12. Save the date.
  • Gullah Geechee 2017 Bike Florida Tour, March 19-24, SAVE the DATE!
  • Save the Date, Sunday, March 26. 2017 Tour de Parks sponsored by the Friends of the Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club.

APRIL 2017

  • 10th Annual Everglades Bike Ride, Sunday, April 2, starting at McLeod Park in Everglades City. A 15 and 62 mile on-road ride is offered along with a 27-mile off-pavement ride.
  • Paddle Florida's Suwannee River Paddling Festival, April 7-9. Options of 12-20 mile days on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers along with a celebration at Suwannnee River State Park base camp.
  • Save the date: Circumnavigational Trail Reunion April 21-23 at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

MAY 2017

JUNE 2017, Great Outdoors Month!

  • National Trails Day, June 3. Find an event near you!

JULY 2017, National Recreation and Parks Month!

OCTOBER 2017, Florida Greenways and Trails Month!

  • Stay tuned for information about the annual ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail, the Paddle Florida Suwannee River trip, the 43rd Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival, the Suwannee Fat Tire Festival, the Gainesville Cycling Festival, the Ride of the Living Dead and much more!
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