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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

JULY 2015 - National Recreation and Parks Month

  • Kayak Tours at Curry Hammock State Park Wednesdays July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kayak rentals available. Call 305-289-2690.
  • Guided River Tours on Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Fridays on July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 10 a.m. - noon. Kayak and canoe rentals available. Call 561-745-5551 to make a reservation.
  • Learn to Kayak at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Sunday July 5, 2015, noon to 1 p.m. Free with park admission.
  • Paddle to Mud Springs (it's not muddy) with the Putnam Blueways & Trails CSO, Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Meet at John's Landing in the Walaka State Forest.
  • Guided Scrub Walk at Oscar Scherer State Park, Sunday, July 26, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Free with park admission. Space limited to 15 people.
  • July 31, World Park Ranger Day!



  • Stay tuned for information about open houses to update the opportunity trails maps as part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.

OCTOBER 2015, Florida Greenways and Trails Month!

  • 13th Florida Paddlers' Rendezvous, Suwannee River, October 16-18. Contact Sam Gellerstedt for more information, 727-265-7556.

NOVEMBER 2015, Florida Paddlesports Month!

  • WHEELS--ten thousand people on bikes, transit and trails in South Miami, November 11-15. The closed-to-cars cyclovia, three nights of block parties, and a Friday afternoon/Saturday morning conference are all free. The East Coast Greenway Alliance Fall Summit will be part of this event on the 13-15.


  • St. Johns History Paddle with Paddle Florida, December 4-8. Follow in the wake of famed 18th century naturalist William Bartram while paddling 55 miles of the St. Johns River and exploring historical sites and springs.


FEBRUARY 2016, Florida Hiking Month!

MARCH 2016, Florida Biking Month!

  • March 30th, Take a Walk in the Park Day!

APRIL 2016

  • Paddle Florida Suwannee River Paddling Festival April 1-3. Supported 12-20 mile trip options on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers along with evening entertainment and educational events.
  • April 19th, Bicycle Day!
  • April 22nd, Earth Day!

MAY 2016, National Bike Month!

JUNE 2016, Great Outdoors Month!

  • June 6th, National Trails Day!
  • June 15th, Nature Photography Day!

JULY 2016, National Recreation and Parks Month!

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