Explore natural Florida with an adventure on the state’s most notable hiking trail
“The Florida National Scenic Trail is a one-of-a-kind hiking experience. Flat and semitropical, free of snow in the winter months, the trail provides nature’s response to development throughout the state, particularly our coasts: clear springs, thick forests, palmetto hammocks, marshy ponds, and remote lakes. Don’t forget to take Florida Trail Hikes by Sandra Friend and John Keatley when you pack your compass and water.”—Jim Kern, founder of the Florida Trail and the Florida Trail Association
“A great asset to anyone looking to hike the Florida National Scenic Trail, from beginners heading out on short trails to the experienced hiker planning to thru-hike. This book will guide you through everything you need to know from trip planning to directions and maps to hike details and various options to make the best of your trip. Having this book in hand is like having an expert hike right along with you!”—Terri Mashour, author of Backcountry Trails of Florida: A Guide to Hiking Florida’s Water Management Districts
Stretching 1,500 miles between Pensacola and the Everglades, the Florida National Scenic Trail has over 100 trailheads, most located within an easy drive from nearby urban areas. A guide to the best scenic day hikes and overnight trips along this state-spanning footpath, Florida Trail Hikes leads readers to showy overlooks, wildflower-dotted prairies, river rapids, steep bluffs, tall sand dunes, and many other compelling destinations.
Updated in this third edition with the most current route details, this book provides full-color maps, options for lengthening and shortening hikes, and information on nearby towns for use as base camps. Selected from the personal experiences of the authors, the hikes in this book include many loop trails convenient for solo hikers as well as several accessible trail sections. Sandra Friend and John Keatley also offer the backstory of the Florida Trail, first blazed in 1966, and the hidden history of Florida that hikers will encounter on their journeys. Florida Trail Hikes helps readers of all backgrounds and experience levels plan an outdoor getaway amid Florida’s natural beauty.
Sandra Friend is an experienced hiker who has logged more than 5,000 miles on foot throughout the state, including the entire Florida Trail. Friend is the author of over 40 books, including Hiker’s Guide to the Sunshine State. John Keatley is an avid hiker, paddler, and cyclist. Together, they have collaborated on many hiking books, including The Florida Trail Guide, and they are the publishers of the popular outdoor recreation website FloridaHikes.com.
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