Episode 40 – Hiking the Sunshine State of Florida

corkscrew swamp, walkway, bridge

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What’s up this week?

We are on episode 40 this week, all about Hiking in Florida.

I’m sure when you think of hiking, you’re thinking of rocky cliff trails, out west or up north. Hiking isn’t as well known in Florida, but there are a ton of resources for hiking. And now that it’s getting cooler, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore the trails that are near you.

Also for this episode, we are going to talk a lot about how to find hikes and what you need to do, rather than list off a bunch of destinations. 

Family walking to the beach with sand dunes. People hiking on Beautiful Florida beach. Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys, FLorida,USA.

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Florida native and award-winning author Rebekah Lyn. With two series set in her home state, you can indulge in historical fiction based on the early space program or heartwarming stories in bustling Orlando. The characters are like friends you haven’t met yet, but once you do, you won’t want to let them go. You can find Rebekah’s books online at all major retailers and connect with her through her website RebekahLynBooks.com 

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Product and Locations Mentions

  1. Florida Trail Association – This trail is a non motorized trail that traverses over 1500 miles in Florida. The website splits into Panhandle, Northern, Central and Southern regions. This trail spans from Pensacola to the Everglades. 
  2. Grab and Go Hikes – If you ‘re looking for a day hike, this website has a list of what they call Grab and Go Hikes. You can click on the little hiker for more information as well as links to that section’s park management. 
  3. Office of Greenways and Trails – Goes beyond the FTA into all the local trails.There’s a couple here worth mentioning.
  4. Florida Coast to Coast Trail – Florida Coast to Coast Trail will be about 250 miles long when complete. It will connect Titusville to St. Petersburg and literally goes through our own community of Clermont. It includes most of the Rail to Trail section and is in the process of linking many of these existing trails.
  5. St. Johns River to Sea Loop – St. Johns River to Sea Loop travels in a circle from St. Augustine, down the St Johns river inland and back up the coast near Titusville. Again, this one looks like it has some gaps that need to be filled in but it makes use of a lot of these existing trails.
  6. Capital City To Sea Trail – Capital City To Sea Trail is another loop trail using some former rail lines and connecting Tallahassee to Ochlockonee bay. It’s a 120 mile loop and again, not all the way complete, so be sure to check for updates.
  7. Bureau of Land Management – In Florida the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area is the only complete unit east of the Mississippi river.
  8. Hiking Safety 
  9. Other links to check out for ideas of hikes
    1. https://www.visitflorida.com/travel-ideas/articles/outdoors-nature-10-must-do-hikes-florida/
    2. https://www.visitflorida.com/travel-ideas/articles/top-beach-hikes-in-florida/
    3. https://www.visitflorida.com/travel-ideas/articles/outdoors-nature-exploring-lake-okeechobee/
    4. https://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2021/march/16/florida-s-spring-to-spring-trail/
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Florida Product of the Week

This week’s Featured product is 

Outdoor Florida App – Another app, this time created by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection allowing you to search all your recreational interests from camping, boating, hiking, biking, beaches, kayaking, exercise trails, fishing and the Florida National Scenic Trails. There is a lot you can do with this app and the best part is it’s free. Search your app store or Google Play for Outdoor Florida. 

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