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The Florida Trail is one of only eight National
Scenic Trails designated by Congress. These
national scenic trails are America's premier hiking
trails. Congress also designated fifteen National
Historic Trails (not shown here), and the U.S.
Departments of Interior and Agriculture can
designate National Recreation Trails to provide
local and regional recreational opportunities.
Together the national scenic, historic, and
recreation trails form the National Trails System.


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Like a ribbon of green, the Florida National Scenic Trail
connects Florida's wildernesses. The Florida Trail traverses
nearly all of the state's unique habitats. Since portions of the
trail are still under development, long distance hikers must
use blazed roadwalks as connectors between wilderness
segments. Primarily a footpath, the trail is shared with
bicycles and equestrians over a few short segments.
Whether day hiking or backpacking, hikers enjoy the trail the
most from late fall through early spring, when temperatures
are cool, rainfall low, insects inactive, and migratory wildlife
abundant. To touch Florida's beauty, to know its soul, you
must take to the wildernesses along the Florida Trail.

South Florida
The Florida Trail's southern terminus is at Loop Road in Big
Cypress National Preserve, a vast expanse of sawgrass
prairies and dwarf pond cypress swamps, where vistas
compare to the Serengeti of Africa. Rugged and isolated, and
where the Florida panther roams, the first 40 miles of trail
winds through a primeval wet landscape of giant ferns and
slippery marl, colorful orchids, and giant bromeliads. North of
the Big Cypress, the Seminole Tribe of Florida permits
Florida Trail Association (FTA) members to follow roads
through its reservation, where stops at Billie Swamp Safari
and the Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum are a must in learning about
Seminole culture.

North of the reservation, the trail passes through the relict
Everglades, now almost entirely converted to ranch lands
and sugarcane fields. The trail continues on the levees of the
South Florida Water Management District on its way to Lake
Okeechobee, where hikers have the choice of walking atop
the Herbert Hoover Dike around the east or west sides of the
second largest freshwater lake in the United States. The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers constructed the dike in the 1940s
after a storm surge cost the lives of thousands along the
lake. On the west side of Lake Okeechobee, hikers are
treated to views of the lake's expansive wetlands, while on
the east side, they enjoy colorful sunsets along the blue
water vistas of this inland sea. Every Thanksgiving week for
more than a decade, the Florida Trail Association's popular
Big O Hike draws participants from across North America on
a series of nine supported day hikes that circle the lake,
following a 109-mile segment of the Florida Trail.

North of Lake Okeechobee, the Florida Trail continues along
the Kissimmee River floodplain, historically Florida's cattle
country. Winding through beautiful hammocks such as those
at Hickory Hammock, Bluff Hammock, and Rattlesnake
Hammock, the trail parallels the river for more than 50 miles,
passing through ghost towns and abandoned homesteads of
Florida's early settlers before crossing the broad prairies of
the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, where sandhill
cranes abound.


Central Florida
In the state's heavily populated central region, the trail offers
hikers a choice of routes skirting both the Orlando and Tampa
areas. The traditional Eastern Corridor leads hikers from
the open prairies of the Kissimmee River through protected
lands that fringe Orlando's eastern suburbs; the new Western
Corridor avoids Orlando entirely by heading up towards the
Green Swamp, the not-so-swampy headwaters of four of
Florida's major rivers. On the eastern route, hikers pass
through palmetto prairies-a rugged landscape that chal-
lenged Florida's frontier settlers-as well as open prairie, pine
flatwoods, and creekside hammocks in the Three Lakes and
Bull Creek Wildlife Management Areas. In the St. Johns River
floodplain, Tosohatchee State Reserve hosts a virgin bald
cypress stand; its shady hammocks of ancient oaks and
cabbage palms extend into Seminole Ranch Conservation
Area. Birding is always great at Orlando Wetlands Park,
where the trail skirts a water reclamation area brimming with
migratory waterfowl.

In suburban Orlando, the trail emerges from its riverside route
in the beautiful Littie-Big Econ State Forest to follow bike
paths across Seminole County. Turn off the beaten path to
explore shady Spring Hammock along Lake Jesup and Big
Tree Park where "The Senator," one of the largest (17.5 feet
diameter, 138 feet high) and oldest (3,500 years) cypress
trees in the world still towers. Crossing Interstate 4 on a
suspension bridge, the trail continues on bike paths to the
wild and scenic Wekiva River, where Florida black bears
roam the corridor through Seminole State Forest. When
hikers reach the Ocala National Forest, it's a step back in
time-the first segment of the Florida Trail was built here in
1966, and the unbroken 70-mile route is the most popular
segment of the trail for backpacking. Hikers can expect to
meet up with pleasant company as they walk through the
world's largest sand pine forest, the Big Scrub, and roam
through prairies and pine flatwoods past beautiful springs that
invite a stop for a swim.

On the Western Corridor, hikers experience different terrain
and more immersion into Old Florida. Roadwalks connect
completed segments, taking hikers through St. Cloud and
Kissimmee-where they are sure to see sandhill cranes
along the road, as well as wood storks on Lake
Tohopekaliga-and up along the Old Tampa Highway, a
section of which still retains its 1930s cypress planks and red
bricks.

A short walk on the Van Fleet Rail Trail, north of Polk City,
brings hikers closer to the Green Swamp, where the first
significant wilderness segment begins, offering several days
of peace and quiet through pine flatwoods, rolling sandhills,
and the floodplain forests of the Withlacoochee River. Emerg-
ing from the Richloam Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest,
the trail then connects to the Croom Tract, offering a nice
day's walk through hardwood forests along the
Withlacoochee River, and on to the Withlacoochee State
Trail, a rail-trail passing through the historic towns of
Istachatta, Floral City, Inverness, Hernando, and Dunnellon,
paralleling part of the route of explorer Hernando de Soto.
After crossing the Withlacoochee River, hikers enjoy the
challenging slopes and scenic vistas of the Cross Florida
Greenway, a green ribbon of reshaped landscapes created
during the 1930s diggings of the failed Cross-Florida barge
canal. Crossing Interstate 75 on the nation's first land bridge,
the trail continues up the Greenway and through the jungle-
like forests of the Silver River and Ocklawaha River flood-
plains before meeting up with the eastern route in the Ocala
National Forest.


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Graphic design: Sandra Friend
Photography contributed by Jim Kern, Deb Blick,
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Maps and final production by Florida Resources and
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North Florida
Long on scenery, the Florida Trail through North Florida
entices with beauty spots connected by roadwalks on
rural dirt roads. The first stop is Rice Creek, where a
1700s indigo and rice plantation thrived in the shade of
giant cypresses. Dogwoods and azaleas lend their color
to the scenic Etoniah Creek ravine; the trail parallels its
lip before heading through dense oak forests to Gold
Head Branch State Park, with its beautiful streams and
eerie Devil's Washbasin. By old railbed, hikers reach
Lake Butler and then wind through timberlands to
Olustee, site of Florida's largest Civil War battle. In
Osceola National Forest, watch the white-banded trees
for signs of the red-cockaded woodpecker. Persons with
disabilities can view a large colony of these endangered
birds from the trail near Olustee Battlefield. Nearly 60
miles of trail parallels one of Florida's most beautiful
rivers, the Suwannee, requiring some stamina and
acrobatics for stream crossings and rapid elevation
changes along the high bluffs. Camp on white sand
beaches; explore the waterfalls. Heading west into the
Big Bend, walk through more timberlands to reach the
Aucilla River and its sinks, an unusual place where the
river appears and disappears through "windows" in the
limestone aquifer. Birding is fabulous in the St. Marks
National Wildlife Refuge, where the trail passes through
cathedrals of saw palmetto and along salt marshes en
route to the heart of Florida's Panhandle.


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The Florida Panhandle
Wild and wooded, the Florida Panhandle is especially
diverse in flora and fauna. Although the trail breaks into
more segments connected by roadwalks, the future is
bright. Most of the Panhandle remains undeveloped;
protection of the trail corridor is a matter of acquiring the
land. Leaving the Big Bend area, the trail continues west
through Apalachicola National Forest where it enters the
23,000-acre Bradwell Bay Wilderness, described by
Backpacker magazine as one of the ten toughest hikes
in the United States. Here, the trail requires several
miles of wading in waist-deep water through dark titi and
gum swamp forests. Beyond, hikers encounter pitcher
plant bogs amid vast pine flatwoods, where terrestrial
orchids sparkle under the wiregrass. Along Econfina
Creek, the trail feels downright Appalachian, with
mountain laurel and flame azalea in bloom above the
rushing water. The segment through Florida's oldest
state forest, Pine Log, treats the hiker to cypress-lined
ponds in the midst of the pines. Dozens of tannic
streams gurgle through the rolling sandhills of Eglin Air
Force Base, creating steep ravines crossed by log
bridges; rare varieties of pitcher plants thrive on moist
slopes. There are two termini for the northern end of the
trail. Long-distance hikers headed north along the
Eastern Continental Trail will take on the bluffs and
ravines, rolling sandhills, and titi swamps along the
Blackwater River and its tributaries; those completing
the traditional Florida Trail route head for the seashore,
walking on Santa Rosa Island's famed white quartz
beaches and its bayside dunes to historic Fort Pickens
in Gulf Islands National Seashore.




Florida Trail System
Built and maintained by local FTA volunteers, the
Florida Trail System in Florida state parks and state
forests presents a vast array of back-to-nature
getaways in urban areas. With loop trails ranging from
2 to 40 miles, the Florida Trail System offers outdoor
fun for all abilities, from nature walks to extended
backpacking trips. Stroll along the burbling rapids at
Hillsborough River State Park nearTampa, challenge
the roller coaster of ancient sand dunes at Jonathan
Dickinson State Park north of Jupiter, or slosh
through cypress swamps along the rugged and wild
Collier-Seminole Hiking Trail outside Naples-just a
few of the many options available statewide.


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Florida: a land of natural wonders. From the world's only Everglades to the sparkling white quartz dunes of the
Florida Panhandle, the Sunshine State hosts an incredible diversity of habitats. Haunting forests of dwarf cypress,
tangled thickets of saw palmetto, open prairies bursting with wildflowers, and deep ravines lined with mountain laurel
and rhododendron-the Florida Trail enables hikers to explore landscapes unlike any other trail in the nation.


Stretching more than 1,300 miles across the state of Florida, from the sawgrass prairies of Big Cypress National
Preserve to historic Fort Pickens at Gulf Islands National Seashore at Pensacola Beach, the Florida Trail provides
opportunities for both short hikes and extended backpacking outings. Walking is one of the best ways to maintain
your health, so head outdoors and explore Florida's natural attractions along the Florida Trail.


The Florida Trail: Florida's Footpath Forever


History. The Florida National Scenic Trail leads
hikers through Florida's natural wonders as it
meanders 1,300 miles across the state. In 1983,
the U.S. Congress designated the Florida Trail as
part of the National Trails System, making it one of
only eight National Scenic Trails. It is the only
National Scenic Trail where hikers can enjoy both
subtropical and temperate ecosystems year
round, and is fully blazed from end to end. The
Florida Trail is recognized as Florida's official
statewide trail and the state's Millennium Legacy
Trail for connecting its culture, heritage, and
communities.


James Kern, a wildlife photographer and real
estate broker, envisioned the Florida Trail while
hiking the Appalachian Trail in the early 1960s. To
generate support for the project, Kern created the
Florida Trail Association (FTA). Since the group's
first trail blazing in the Ocala National Forest in
1966, the volunteers of this nonprofit organization
have dedicated themselves to building and
maintaining the Florida Trail and other hiking trails
and to educating trail users on careful use and
enjoyment of the outdoors. With more than 5,000
members, this association built and maintains
more than 1,600 miles of hiking trails, including
both the Florida Trail and loop trails near urban


areas. Seventeen geographically distributed
chapters serve the state. The association's
headquarters are in Gainesville; trail staff of the
FTA share an office with the USDA Forest Service
in Tallahassee.

Trail Administration. The USDA Forest Service
has overall administrative responsibility for the
Florida National Scenic Trail. The USDA Forest
Service certifies that trail segments meet stan-
dards established in both federal law and in the
trail's comprehensive plan; manages trail lands;
and coordinates trail planning, development, and
protection with Florida Trail partners. To close


gaps in the trail, the USDA Forest Service seeks
to purchase land or permanent easement
agreements from willing landowners. Through
cooperation, sections of the trail are opened for
the public to enjoy.

The Florida Trail Association manages the trail's
day-to-day operations. Through a cost share
agreement with the USDA Forest Service, the
nonprofit Florida Trail Association oversees trail
maintenance, promotes its use, and works to
acquire and protect trail corridor to complete the
trail. The volunteers of the FTA donate tens of
thousands of hours annually building and


maintaining the trail and
its bridges and
boardwalks, mowing
and cutting ever-
growing vegetation, and
painting orange trail
blazes to make it easy
to follow. Trail
maintainers are a
common sight on the
trail during all but the
hottest months of the
year.


Volunteers building a
new bridge across
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Your Help is Needed to complete the Florida
National Scenic Trail. Join the Florida Trail
Association and its local chapters by volunteering,
to assist in building and maintaining a wilderness
hiking trail the length of Florida. Your financial
assistance or gifts of land or easements for the
trail are also welcome. For more information:

Florida Trail Association
5415 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608-5037
toll-free phone: 877-HIKE-FLA
email: fta@florida-trail.org
web: www.floridatrail.org


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Many public agencies and private interests
participate in the development and management
of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Because of
this diversity, rules and regulations governing use
of the trail vary. Contact the land managers listed
in this brochure or the Florida Trail Association for
information particular to the section of trail you
intend to travel.

People using the Florida National Scenic Trail are
urged to show appreciation to the volunteers and
land managers who make this trail possible. The
best way to do this is through good stewardship,
practicing "leave no trace" and "pack it in, pack it
out" ethics while hiking. Travel in groups of ten or
fewer if backpacking; 25 or fewer on day hikes.
Dispose of human waste at least 50 feet from the
trail and 200 feet from water. Use a camping stove
instead of building fires.

Users should be especially careful to respect the
rights of private property owners, particularly
those who have generously allowed the trail to
cross their land. Please stay on the trail,
respecting the privacy of trail neighbors by not
trespassing onto private property.


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Trail Markings. Trail segments open to the public
are signed with the FNST logo shown above. The
Trail is marked with 2-inch by 6-inch vertical
orange paint blazes. A double blaze, one above
the other, is placed before turns, junctions, or
other areas that require hikers be alert. Blue and
other color blazes mark FNST side trails leading to
campsites, water supplies, or special features.

Permitted Uses. The Florida National Scenic Trail
is primarily a footpath, and all segments are open
to travel by foot for walking, hiking, and backpack-
ing. Based on considerations of resource
sensitivity and the intended recreational experi-
ence the trail is to provide, other non-motorized
uses include bicycling and horseback riding which
may be permitted on a given segment by the land
manager. Please respect any trail closures. Ride
bicycles and horses only on those segments
designated for such use. If you take a dog, keep it
on a leash. Dogs may not cross Eglin Air Force
Base. Some segments of the Florida Trail are not
safe for dogs due to native wildlife or swampy
conditions. If in doubt, contact the land manager
when planning your trip.


Fees and Permits. Fee payments or permits are
required for use on many Florida National Scenic
Trail segments and overnight facilities. Fees are
charged for camping in many developed federal,
state, and county campgrounds. The trail is still a
work in progress; some segments of trail are not
yet open to the general public and may only be
accessed by members of the Florida Trail
Association. Check with the Florida Trail Associa-
tion or the area's land manager in advance to
determine if FTA membership, fees, or permits are
required. FTA offers special informational packets
for long distance hikers that include up-to-date
maps, permitting requirements, and an FTA
membership.


Camping.
Facilities for
backpacking along
the Florida National
Scenic Trail vary.
Some managing
authorities permit
primitive camping
anywhere along
the trail. Others
permit camping
only at designated
sites. Utilize maps
and guidebooks to
plan your trip
accordingly.


Iron Bridge Shelter in
Etoniah Creek State Forest


Interpretive Facilities.
Hikers will find interpretive
centers that explain
Florida's natural history and
geology. These centers are
located along the trail at Big
Cypress National Preserve,
Cross Florida Greenway/
Buckman Lock, St. Marks
National Wildlife Refuge,
Gulf Islands National
Seashore, and off the trail in
several national forests and
Florida state parks.

Fishing. A Florida fishing
license is required for
fishing in lakes and streams
along the trail.


Camping along the Kissimmee River


Hunting. The trail passes through public and
private lands that are legally open to hunting
during specified seasons. The trail remains
open during hunting seasons; however, land
managers may impose some restrictions on
camping during hunting seasons. From
September through January, check in advance
about hunting seasons with the managing
authority responsible for the segments you plan
to hike. During hunting seasons, trail users are
encouraged (and in some areas required) to
wear hunter orange clothing, vests, or caps.


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Safety. Walk with a companion when possible.
Leave your trip itinerary with family or friends,
but not with strangers. Camp away from roads
and avoid provocation. Report harassment or
incidents to local law enforcement authorities
and to the USDA Forest Service. Purify all
drinking water from any natural source along
the Florida Trail.


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Hiking the Big O at sunrise, Moore Haven Howell Branch Creek, Cross Seminole Trail


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National Forest


Lake Okeechobee campsite


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Publications and Information.
The Florida Trail Association acts as a clearing-
house for the Florida Trail by publishing maps and
guidebooks and providing up-to-date information
on the Florida Trail web site, www.floridatrail.org.
FTA members receive a
bi-monthly magazine, The Footprint,
with articles, photos, trail routing
notices, and a roster of chapter
activities throughout the state.
The FTA manages a catalog
of trail-related items,
including hiking
guidebooks and FT logo
items. For FTA member-
ship, information, maps, and
volunteer opportunities, contact:
Florida Trail Association
5415 SW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608-5037
toll-free phone: (877) HIKE-FLA
e-mail: fta@florida-trail.org
web: www.floridatrail.org

Partnerships for the Trail. The Florida Trail
represents the ultimate partnership among local,
state, and federal agencies; private landowners;
and trail volunteers to conserve and showcase
Florida's natural beauty and heritage. As of July
2003, nearly 700 miles of the Florida Trail were
open for the public to
enjoy; the remainder is
accessible to members of
the FTA by agreement
with private landowners.
The progress made to
date and in the future
depends upon these
partnerships. Credit
should be given to the
volunteers, agencies, and
partners listed in this
brochure. Without their
commitment, the dream
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Since 1988. the USDA Forest Service and the FTA
have entered into cooperative trail management
agreements with nearly two dozen public and
private land managers covenng nearly 70
sections of Irail. These agreements certify Ihat


trail segments meet minimum standards, are
open to the public, are protected, and provide the
public with quality recreation opportunities. Only
through the generosity of public-spirited
landowners who join this cooperative venture will
more trail sections become available to the hiking
public.

Trail Partners. The following lists the contact
information for the partner agencies that
generously allow the Florida National Scenic
Trail to cross their lands.

F USDA FOREST SERVICE
National Forests in Florida
Supervisor's Office, 325 John Knox Rd, Suite
F-100, Tallahassee, FL 32303-4160, (850) 523-
8500, www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/florida/
Ocala National Forest, Ocklawaha Visitor
Center, 3199 NE CR 315, Silver Springs, FL
34488, (352) 236-0288, and Salt Springs Visitor
Center, 14100 N. Highway 19, Suite A, Salt
Springs, FL 32134, (352) 685-3070, Pittman
Visitor Center, 45621 State Hwy 19, Altoona, FL,
32702, (352) 669-7495
Osceola National Forest, US Highway 90, P.O.
Box 70, Olustee, FL 32072, (386) 752-2577
Apalachicola National Forest, Apalachicola
Ranger District, SR 20, Revell Building, P.O. Box
579, Bristol, FL 32321, (850) 643-2282, and
Wakulla Ranger District, 57 Taff Drive,
Crawfordville, FL 32327, (850) 926-3561

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
AND CONSUMER SERVICES
DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Division of Forestry Headquarters, 3125
Conner Boulevard, MS C25, Tallahassee, FL
32399-1650, (850) 414-0871, www.fl-dof.com
Blackwater River State Forest
11650 Munson Highway, Milton, FL 32570,
(850) 957-6140
Etoniah Creek State Forest, 390 Holloway
Road, Florahome, FL 32140 (386) 329-2552
Little Big Econ State Forest, 1350 Snowhill
Road, Geneva, FL 32732, (407) 971-3500
Pine Log State Forest, 715 West 15th Street,
Panama City. FL 32437. 18501 747-5639
Seminole State Forest, 9610 Counly Road
44, Leesburg, FL 34788. (3521 360-6677
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Twin Rivers State Forest, 7620 133rd Road, Live
Oak, FL 32060, (386) 208-1460
Withlacoochee State Forest, Citrus, Croom,
Richloam Tracts Recreation/Visitors Center 15003
Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601,
(352) 754-6896

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Office of Greenways & Trails Headquarters,
Room 853, Douglas Bldg., 3900 Commonwealth
Blvd., MS 795, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000, (850)
245-2052, www.FloridaGreenwaysAndTrails.com
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway,
Field Office, 8282 Southeast Highway 314, Ocala,
FL 34470, (352) 236-7143, and Buckman Lock
Visitor Center, 201 Buckman Lock Road, Palatka,
FL 32177, (386) 312-2273
Florida Park Service, Division of Recreation and
Parks, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 500,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000, (850) 245-2157,
www.funandsun.com/parks
Blackwater River State Park, 7720 Deaton Bridge
Road, Holt, Florida 32564, (850) 983-5363
General James A. Van Fleet Trail State Park,
12549 State Park Drive, Clermont, FL 34711,
(352) 394-2280
Gold Head Branch State Park, 6239 SR 21,
Keystone Heights, FL 32656, (352) 473-4701
Suwannee River State Park, 20185 County Road
132, Live Oak, FL 32060, (386) 362-2746
Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center State Park,
P.O. Drawer G, White Springs, FL 32096-0435,
(386) 397-2733 or (386) 397-4331
Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail
State Park, 1022 DeSoto Park Drive, Tallahassee,
FL, 32301, (850) 922-6007
,- Tosohatchee State
/ Reserve, 3365 Taylor
Creek Road, Christmas, FL
32709, (407) 568-5893
Lower Wekiva River
Preserve State Park,
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle,
Apopka FL 32712,
(407) 884-2008
Withlacoochee Trail State
Park. 12549 State Park
mountain laurel in Dr.. Clermonl, FL 34711.
loom. Econfina Creek (352) 394-2280
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION
SR 20 Choctawhatchee River Bridge, SR 20
Apalachicola River Bridge, US 98 St. Marks
Trail to Wakulla River, FDOT District 3 Bicycle
and Pedestrian Program, P.O. Box 607, Chipley,
FL 32428, (850) 638-0250 ext. 1547,
wwwl1 .myflorida.com/safety/ped_bike/
ped_bike.htm

NORTHWEST FLORIDA
WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Choctawhatchee River, Econfina Creek,
Headquarters Office, 81 Water Management
Drive, Havana, FL 32333, (850) 539-5999,
www.state.fl.us/nwfwmd

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVA-
TION COMMISSION (FFWCC)
Nature-based Recreation Program, 620 S.
Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600,
(850) 488-5520, www.wildflorida.org/nbr
Aucilla Wildlife Management Area, 620 S.
Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600,
(850) 421-1883 or (850) 488-5520
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, 1231
Prairie Lakes Road, Kenansville, FL 34739,
(407) 436-1818
J.W. Corbett WMA, 8535 N. Lake Blvd., West
Palm Beach, FL 33412, (561) 624-6989

ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER
MANAGEMENT DISTRICT and FFWCC
Rice Creek Management Area, Division of Land
Management, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL
32178-1429, (904) 529-2380, www.sjrwmd.com.
Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area, 1239 SW
10th St., Ocala, FL 34474, (407) 846-5275 or
(352) 732-1225, www.sjrwmd.com and
floridaconservation.org/fltrails/
Seminole Ranch Conservation Area, P.O. Box
871, Christmas, FL 32709, (407) 349-4972,
www.sjrwmd.com and
floridaconservation.org/fltrails/

SANTA ROSA ISLAND AUTHORITY
Pensacola Beach Trail, P.O. Drawer 1208,
Pensacola Beach FL 32562. 1850) 932-2257,
www sra-fla.com


SEMINOLE COUNTY
Cross Seminole Trail, 520 W. Lake Mary Blvd,
Suite 200, Sanford, FL 32773-1468, (407) 665-
2093, www.co.seminole.fl.us/trails

SOUTH FLORIDA
WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Kicco WMA, Bluff Hammock, DuPuis Re-
serves, Hickory Hammock, Yates Marsh,
Miami Canal, Levees 1, 2 and 3, 3301 Gun Club
Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, (800) 432-
2045 ext. 6640, www.sfwmd.gov/newsr/
2 recreation.html

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Green Swamp, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville,
FL 34609-6899, (352) 796-7211 ext 4482,
www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recguide/recguide.htm

SUWANNEE RIVER
WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Holton Creek, Disappearing Creek, Econfina
River, Aucilla River, 9225 CR49, Live Oak, FL
32060, (386) 362-1001,
www.mysuwanneeriver.com

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Big Cypress National Preserve, National Park
Service, Headquarters, 33100 Tamiami Trail East,
HCR 61, Box 110, Ochopee, FL 34141, (239)
695-2000, and Oasis Visitor Center, 52105
Tamiami Trail East, HCR 61 Box 11, Ochopee, FL
34141, (239) 695-1201, www.nps.gov/bicy/
Gulf Islands National Seashore, National Park
Service, Headquarters and FL Naval Live Oaks
Visitor Center, 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway Center,
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, (850) 934-2600, and Fort
Pickens Visitor Center, (850) 934-2635,
www.nps.gov/guis/
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 68,
St. Marks, FL 32355 (850) 925-6121, http://
saintmarks.fws.gov/, email: saintmarks@fws.gov

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Avon Park Air Force Range, U.S. Air Force, 347
RQW, DET 1, OL A/CEVN, 29 South Boulevard,
Avon Park AFR, FL 33825. Call (863i 452-4119
texl 51 lor 24 7 recording to learn II trail is or will
De temporarily closed.


Eglin Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force, Jackson
Guard, 107 Hwy 85 North, Niceville, FL 32578,
(850) 882-4164
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, 525 Ridgelawn Road,
Clewiston, FL 33440-5399, (863) 983-8101,
www.saj.usace.army.mil/recreation/index.html#h


Ocean Pond. usceola National I-orest


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits
discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the
basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability.
political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family
status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.i
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means
for communication of program information (Braille, large
print, audiotape, etc.) snould contact USDA s TARGET
Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA.
Direclor. Oflice o01 Civil Rights. Room 326-W. Whitlen
Building. 14t-l and Independence Avenue. SW.
Washingion. DC. 20250-9410 or call (2021 720-5964
(voice or TDD) USDA is an equal employment
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