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  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) closes portions of Lake O Scenic Trail & Boat Ramp:
    The USACE will close portions of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) as rehabilitation continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the earthen structure surrounding the lake. More information on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and a map of current closures can be found at the LOST website.

  • OGT is asking you to please consider sharing your greenways and trails success stories, upcoming events and calendar announcements. In turn, the information offered may be featured in the Office of Greenways and Trails quarterly Newsletter, Connections, or listed on our community calendar below. Send information and notices to doug.alderson@dep.state.fl.us.
  • Be sure to check out the numerous Florida state park events offered every month. The drop down menu can help you narrow down events to just hiking, bicycling, equestrian and paddling if you wish.

 equestrians in Apalachicola Forest by Tracie Churhard West Orange Trail, Winter Garden, by Doug Alderson paddler on Ichetucknee River by Doug Alderson


  • Guided Paddle on South Creek in Oscar Scherer State Park, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. This natural tidal creek can sometimes be too shallow for a paddle, so a guided walk is the alternate option. Registration between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at the Ranger Station on day of the paddle on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals are available.
  • Guided Hike & Bike in Oscar Scherer State Park, Fridays, 9 a.m. Walk along one of six park trails and then bike on Green Trail and portion of Legacy Trail. Also, guided scrub habitat walks in the park every Sunday morning from 8:30-10;00 a.m.
  • Kayak 101 Clinic followed by short guided tour at St. George Island State Park, third Sunday of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. State parks are partnering with the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network who will provide kayaks at no charge for the first 15 people who make a reservation by calling 850-927-2111.
  • Kayak 101 Clinic followed by short guided tour of Lake Hall in Maclay Gardens State Park, third Saturday of each month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. State parks are partnering with the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network who will provide kayaks at no charge for the first 15 people who make a reservation by calling 850-487-4566.
  • Ranger-led walks from the visitor's center of Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville every Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • 4th Saturday Paddle with the Apalachicola Riverkeeper on an Apalachicola River tributary or the river itself. Kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For reservations, call 850-653-8936 or contact by e-mail. Free to members; $30 for non-members (which entitles one to one-year membership).

MAY 2016, National Bike Month!

  • Paddle the Bay, Safety Harbor, May 7, 9 - 6 p.m. SUP, kayak, outrigger canoe races and more.
  • Great Dock Canoe Race, May 14 in Naples Bay in historic Crayton Cove at the City Dock. Wildly decorated canoes compete in multiple races to celebrate the end of the busy winter season.
  • Paddle Jam on the Apalachicola River and Bay, May 20-22. Organizers hope to set a world's record by gathering the largest number of kayaking together in one floating mass. Several others activities are planned in the region of Apalachicola and St. George Island. Procceeds benefit "at risk" children, youth and families in region.

JUNE 2016, Great Outdoors Month!

  • Tour de Melon in Chiefland area June 4. Rides of 20, 40, 60 miles on paved trail and 50 and 100 mile road routes.
  • June 6th, National Trails Day!
  • June 15th, Nature Photography Day!

JULY 2016, National Recreation and Parks Month!



OCTOBER 2016, Greenways and Trails Month!

  • Stay tuned for information about the Suwannee Fat Tire Festival, the Apalachicola RiverTrek and more!
  • Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off October 1, Gainesville. Three scenic routes of varying lengths are offered. Raise money to support breast cancer research.
  • Spaghetti 100 Saturday, October 8, 8 a.m. Scenic rides through the back country of North Florida and South Georgia beginning in the town of Miccosukee. Several lengths of dirt and paved routes are offered.

NOVEMBER 2016, Florida Paddlesports Month!

  • Big O Hike around Lake Okeechobee. Nine days, 109 miles around Florida's largest lake. Held during Thanksgiving week.
  • Freedom Ride cycling event November 19, Wauchula. Save the date!


  • Paddle Florida's first ever Ocklawaha Odyssey, December 2-6. 48 miles of paddling fun down the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers.


  • Paddle Florida's Florida Keys Challenge, January 9-15. Paddle 65 miles in azure waters from Curry Hammock State Park to Key West. Sea kayaks recommended.


  • Paddle Florida's Great Calusa Blueway paddling adventure, February 11-17. Explore 57 miles of rivers, bays, creeks, mangrove tunnels, historic sites and more. Sea kayaks recommended.

MARCH 2016

  • Paddle Florida's Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee River, March 11-17. Wind through 76 miles of largely protected lands, from wild river swamps and sloughs to the expansive Ochlockonee Bay.

APRIL 2017

  • Paddle Florida's Suwannee River Paddling Festival, April 7-9. Options of 12-20 mile days on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers along with a celebration at Suwannnee River State Park base camp.
  • Save the date: Circumnavigational Trail Reunion April 21-23 at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

MAY 2017

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