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09 December 2008

Florida Named Best Trails State

News from the Florida State Parks E-Newsletter for December 2008

Florida Named Best Trails State by American Trails

The Best Trails State Award was presented to the State of Florida, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways & Trails on November 17, 2008, during the National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas. This first ever “Best Trails State Award” by American Trails recognizes Florida’s success in facilitating an outstanding statewide system of trails.

Most of Florida’s 160 state parks offer trails for hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, paddling or horseback riding. The hiking trails at Torreya State Park in the panhandle rival those of the Appalachian Trail. Oleta River State Park in Miami, Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound and Alafia River State Park south of Tampa offer mountain biking trails. Canoeists and kayakers enjoy paddling trails across the state. From Long Key State Park in the Florida Keys, to the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail that stretches 170 miles from White Springs to the Gulf of Mexico, December’s mild weather is the perfect time to plan an adventure.

The nearly 1,000-mile long Florida National Scenic Trail connects ten state parks with diverse natural areas across Florida.

7 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Go US!!

Cathy S. said...

I've horsebacked on some of those trails and they are great. Why go to the mountains when you have for the most part flat scenic trails here? And I can say from experience that mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers can coexist and get along very nicely on the same trail system.

Aunty Belle said...

Wow...hooray fer us Floridians!

Sophie Mae, is thar a real fine book youse recommendin' fer describin' these Florida trails?

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Florida state parks are the best. I've been impressed by everyone I've visited.

SophieMae said...

FC, I keep picturing Charlie Brown.. WE'RE # 1! WE'RE # 1! 8-]

Cathy, FL IS the most bestest state in the country!

Aint B, I'm sure I have one around here somewhere, but can't recollect the name right offhand. I have, though, heard good things about Florida's Fabulous Trail Guide by Tim Ohr and The Hiking Trails of Florida's National Forests, Parks, and Preserves by Johnny Molloy.

Robert, I sure can't argue with that. And if you're ever in Pinellas County, their county parks are pretty awesome, as well.

BParrish said...

I'm not up for walking 1000 miles today. Do they have shorter trails?

(snicker)

SophieMae said...

Brenda, you goober! LOL! They're long, but they're flat. ;-}