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.
Promoting the economic, health, transportation, recreation and conservation benefits of greenways and trails, as well as providing information to the public about where these opportunities exist, is vital to the success of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.
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
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- Be sure to check out the numerous trail events offered
by Florida state parks every month by clicking
FEBRUARY 2015 - Florida Hiking Trails Month!
Horse Endurance Runs: 100 mile, 110 KM and 50 mile
endurance runs on Palatka Lake Butler Trail and Florida
Forest Service unpaved roads, Saturday, February 7, 7 a.m.
Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" Saturday, February
21st. This is not a race and visitors can also do
it any time of year. It includes biking the 15 mile loop
road from the Shark Valley Visitor Center, a 3 mile loop
hike from the Oasis Visitor Center, and a 3.5 mile canoe
or kayak trip from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in
- Highlands County Inaugural
Wheelchair Derby, Saturday, February 21,
9 a.m. at Highlands Hammock State Park. The event will
consist of wheelchair races, tram rides, a wheelchair
obstacle course, and a 5K Stride and Stroll Run.
- Kick-off meeting about the South Sumter Gap as part of
the Coast to Coast Trail, Thursday, February 26,
9:30 to 11:00 a.m., City of Websiter Community Building,
49 SE 1st Street, Webster, 33597. Contact Brian Rushcher
with OGT for more information, 850-245-2078.
MARCH 2015 - Florida Bicycle Month!
Florida Bike Month Events are located throughout the
state and through the entire month. In addition,
March 16-20 is Bike to Work Week (or to the
destination of your choice); March 20 is
Bike to Work Day; March 18 is Pause for
People Day to remember those lost in traffic fatalities
and to honor people who are pedestrians, cyclists and
- The Villages 14th Annual Outdoor Expo, Saturday,
Feb. 28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday,
March 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., La Hacienda
Recreation Center, The Villages
- Full Moon Paddle with the
and Trails CSO, Wednesday, March 4,
from 6-9 p.m., at Lake Broward. A paddling clinic starts
at 3:30 p.m. the same day.
- Saturday, March 7, Azalea Festival
Kayak Poker Run from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and a bicycle poker
run from 2 - 4 p.m. the same day. Both activities start at
the clock tower on the waterfront in downtown Palatka and
are being organized by the
Blueways and Trails CSO. The next day at 2 p.m., the
group will lead a 25 mile bike ride from Palatka to
Hastings and back on less traveled roads.
- Palatka Bicycle Festival April 18-19,
sponsored by Palatka Main Street and the Putnam Blueways &
Trails CSO. Stay tuned for more details!
- Earth Day 2015, April 25, 9 - 3,
Cascades Park, Tallahassee.