U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes portions of Lake O
Scenic Trail & Boat Ramp:
The USACE will close
additional portions of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
(LOST) as rehabilitation continues on the Herbert Hoover
Dike, the earthen structure surrounding the lake. The
trail and boat ramp are expected to be closed for the
duration of construction, currently estimated to last
about 18 months as of April 11, 2014. In addition to these
new closures, the trail remains closed in various
locations between Moore Haven and South Bay on the south
side of the lake, and between Canal Point and Port Mayaca
on the east side. More information on the Lake Okeechobee
Scenic Trail and a map of current closures can be found at
Repairs have begun on the State Road 207 bike trail in St.
Johns County. The trail will be closed until work is
complete in early 2015.
- The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) needs your assistance! We would like to help citizens and visitors to Florida stay informed and involved in the numerous projects and events occurring regularly on greenways and trails throughout our state.
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- Be sure to check out the numerous trail events offered
by Florida state parks every month by clicking
SEPTEMBER 2014 - NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS MONTH
- Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association
September happenings: September 6 Florida National Scenic
Trail clearing and re-painting of blazes; September 9
chapter meeting program on "Hiking through History:
Exploring Archeological Sites in the American Southwest";
September 27 Econfina Creek Paddling trip.
Click here for details!
Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association
September activities include a recurring walk in John
Prince Park on the 1st Saturday of each month, a hike in
Jonathan Dickinson State Park on the 1st Sunday of each
month, a walk in Okeeheelee Park onthe 3rd Saturday
of each month, and a hike on the Apoxee and Owahee Trails
on the 4th Satuday of each month. Monthly meetings are
held the first Monday of every month.
Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association
September activities include a hike a Circle B Bar Reserve
followed by a chapter meeting and potluck on September 6.
Full Moon Paddle on Lake Stella with the
Blueways & Trails, Monday, September 8.
Florida Outdoor Recreation Summit and FNST Symposium -
Friday, September 12 from 9 - 4:30 at the Tallahassee
Community College's Wakulla Center in Crawfordville. The
theme is "Land, Water and Outdoor Recreation". The
following day at the same location the annual Florida
National Scenic Trail Symposium will be held from 9 - 2:30
25th Annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride Sunday,
September 14, through Fernandina Beach, Fort Clinch
State Park and along the ocean on Amelia Island. Routes
are available from 20 to 100 miles. Registration opens
July 1. Sponsor is the North Florida Bicycle Club.
- 47th Annual Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism,
September 22 - 24, Boca Raton Resort & Club. This is the
premier annual educational conference for the Florida
- National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 27.
The Cross Florida Greenway is hosting a work day at the
Santos Campground at 8:30 a.m. and various groups are
hosting trail events on the greenways that day.
Click here to
Florida event near you!
- September 27 Plant Walk on the 1.3-mile
Bear-N-Oak Trail in the Indian Lake State Forest near
Ocala. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot. Call
Charlie Pederson for more info: 352-955-2253.
OCTOBER 2014 (Florida Greenways and Trails Month!)
Hidden Coast Paddling Festival in the
Steinhatchee-Jena area along the Big Bend Florida Coast,
October 2-5. Activities include 23 guided paddling trips,
a kayak fishing tournament and a boat cruise on the
Northeast Everglades Trails Association (NETA)
celebrates "Trail Day" and Florida Greenways and Trails
Month with an all-user event (hike, bike, paddle,
horseback). This event is open to the public and novice
trail users are encouraged to join. Stay tuned for
34th Annual Cycling Festival - October 24-25th in
Gainesville, Florida. Friday "Share the Road" education and information
session, including an afternoon Florida Bike-Ped Safety
Summit, at Gainesville's restored historic train station
at 203 SE Depot Avenue. The event is open and free to the
public. You can order an optional $12 box lunch when you
Paddle Florida's Suwannee River trip October 24 -
29. The trip includes 65 miles of the scenic Suwannee
River Wilderness Trail and two of its spring-fed
tributaries--the Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers.
The Horse Country & Springs Tour by Bike Florida,
October 26-31. Includes accomodations, breakfasts and
dinners, and support staff. Registration fees go up after
Paddle Florida's Keys Challenge, Jan. 15-22; 70-mile
paddle from Long Key State Park to Key West with lots of
sun, sand, blue waters and historic railroad bridges in
- December 13, the Cross Florida Greenway staff needs
volunteers to participate in the Ocala Christmas Parade as
part of the Animal Unit. Contact Bre Ximenes if