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  • 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 the LOST website.
  • 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 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 trail events offered by Florida state parks every month by clicking here.

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


  • November 6 – Dade Tree Walk at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • November 7-9, Friday-Sunday, Florida Trail Association Panhandle Regional Gathering. A fun weekend of hikes and other activities sponsored by the Panhandle Chapter and based at Compass Lake in the Hills, Alford, Florida. Details and registration here. Contact: Charissa Thacker, Chapter Chair, Charissa.thacker@yahoo.com
  • Guided Night Paddle at Oscar Scherer State Park November 8 starting 30 minutes before sunset. Cost is $10 per person and space is limited, so call 941-483-5956 to register.
  • Saturday Nov. 15 – A Guided Walk with the Shorebirds at Bald Point State Park in Alligator Point from 8:00 to 10:00
  • Sat. Nov. 22 - Saturday Bike and Eat Lunch with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO. Meet at Magnolia Cafe in Palatka at 10 a.m. for a 10 mile bike ride.
  • Sat. Nov. 22 – Bird Walk at Fort Cooper State Park in Inverness at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sat. Nov. 22 – Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Sat. Nov. 29 – Bird Walk with Citrus County Audubon at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon at 8:00 a.m.


  • Six Mile Bike Ride to Hidden Spring in Wakulla Springs State Park Saturday, December 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free with park admission. Space limited to ten participants. Call 850-561-7286 to reserve a spot.
  • December Full Moon Paddle & Kayak Light Parade with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO, December 5, 5 - 9 p.m., meet on the south side of Dunn's Creek Bridge.
  • Nature Stroll in Welaka State Forest with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO, Saturday, December 13, 9-11 a.m. Meet at fire tower just south of main entrance.
  •  "Planning for Greenways: Florida's Expanding System of Regional Connectors," 1000 Friends of Florida Webinar Wednesday, December 10, Noon to 1:30 with Dale Allen of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation and Doug Alderson of the Office of Greenways and Trails. Cost is $10. Register online.
  • Bike the Palatka to Lake Butler Trail with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO, Sunday, December 14, 3-6 p.m. Meet at McHenry's Pub in Keystone Heights and eat as a group afterwards.
  • Paddle Salt Springs Run with the Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO, Saturday, December 20, 9 a.m. The paddle is about 8 miles round trip to and from Lake George.


  • On January 1, find a First Day Hike near you in one of Florida's state parks. Click on each district on this state park events page.
  • 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 between.
  • 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 interested, 352-236-7143; bre.ximenes@dep.state.fl.us.


  • Iron 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. at Florahome.

MARCH 2015

APRIL 2015

  • Palatka Bicycle Festival April 18-19, sponsored by Palatka Main Street and the Putnam Blueways & Trails CSO. Stay tuned for more details!
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