Did you know that you can walk from one end of Florida to the other? Thanks to our statewide National Scenic Trail, the Florida Trail, and this comprehensive guidebook, you can. It begins in the swampy heart of the Western Everglades, the Big Cypress Swamp, and continues north around Lake Okeechobee and Central Florida before turning west to connect the wild places of Florida’s Panhandle on its way to Fort Pickens at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Pensacola. It’s a journey of 1,101.8 miles, with more than a hundred trailheads within an hour of most Floridians.
Our step by step guide to the Florida Trail provides data charts and maps to help you plan a day hike, a backpacking trip, or several months following the trail. Detailed descriptions for waypoints along the journey let you know where you can find camping, food, gear, and transportation options. Maps for 63 towns along the route show the location of services, an important consideration when you’re on foot.
Thousands of trail services – from motels and campgrounds to restaurants, convenience stores, parks, and churches – are included throughout the book, making this a travel guide for exploring portions of the Florida Trail as well, no matter whether you’re staying in hotels for day hikes or looking for campgrounds to park your RV for a while near the trail.
This second edition, built on a strong foundation of the award-winning first-edition, was expanded in response to reader feedback. We’ve added appendices with lists of post offices near the trail for maildrops; places to buy stove fuel within a reasonable distance of the trail; outfitters in Florida; and a glossary of terms used that are unique to Florida. Since many visitors to Florida didn’t know what a cypress dome is and how to recognize one, we’ve bulked up our About the Hike section to address this and other things that are unique to Florida since yes, Florida is different!
The Florida Trail Guide is the most comprehensive and complete source of information you’ll find to guide you along the Florida National Scenic Trail and several major trails that connect to it, including the Ocean-to-Lake Hiking Trail, the Blackwater section of the Florida Trail, and the Eastern Continental Trail connector to Key West.
Paperback, 348 pages. 106 maps.
The Florida Trail Guide is also available as a gps-based app from Google Play and Apple. While the app is the better choice for navigating the trail, because of its map-based nature it contains less descriptive content than the book. Instead, it includes color photos for each waypoint along the trail.
About the Book
About the Maps
About the Trail
About the Hike
Eastern Continental Trail
About the Authors