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
OCTOBER 2014 - FLORIDA GREENWAYS AND TRAILS MONTH!
- Wings on the Water Paddle Adventure at Lake Griffin
State Park, October 4 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. Park rangers
lead a guided paddling trip along the pristine Dead River
along Lake Griffin. Event is free with park entrance but
there are limited spaces, so registration is required.
- Ocala Mountain Biking Association Take a Kid Mountain
Biking Day on the Santos Bike Trails East, Cross Florida
Greenway, on October 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. To
Pumpkin Pedal Off on the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail
October 4 at 8:30 a.m. Choose one of
three scenic routes on this charity bike ride supporting
breast cancer research at the University of Florida.
- The Capital Region Transportation Agency (CRTPA) is
holding four workshops in the Tallahassee region to
receive input on traffic, roads, sidewalks, bicycle
facilities, transit, trails, freight, rail, safety, and
other related topics. On October 6, there are workshops in
Gadsden and Jefferson Counties from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and
on October 7 there are workshops in Wakulla and Leon
Counties from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Click here for more information.
Northeast Everglades Trails Association (NETA)
celebrates "Trail Day" and Florida Greenways and Trails
Month at Riverbend Park near Jupiter with an all-user event (hike, bike, paddle,
horseback). This October 11 event from 9
a.m. to noon is open to the public and novice trail users
are encouraged to join.
- Guided Night Paddle in Oscar Scherer State Park on
October 11 beginning a half hour before sunset. Cost is
$10 per person. Call the ranger station to register at
- Welaka State Forest Fall Festival October 11,
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Blueways and Trails is leading several kayaking,
hiking and off-road bicycle trips throughout the day.
Phantoms in the Forest event at Silver Springs State
Park on October 17, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Hike and tram
tours before a fun and spooky storytelling event.
October 18 Bird Walk with Audubon Society birders on
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.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is hosting a
bird walk in cooperation with the Citrus County Audubon
Society on the Pepper Creek Trail Saturday,
October 18. Participants should meet at 7:45 a.m.
at the visitor center entrance. No charge. Binoculars and
a birding guide are recommended.
Friends of Lake Louisa State Park's Equine Obstacle Trail
Challenge at Lake Louisa State Park October 18 from 7
a.m. - 3 p.m. Riders will be tested on horsemanship and
riding skills on 10 different obstacles along 6 miles of
the park's beautiful equestrian trails.
- Cyclovia Tampa Bay
will be held Sunday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa. This event, begun in
Bogota, Colombia, turns major city streets into safe and
open car-free environments.
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
Saturday, October 25th, 6-9 p.m.,
Share the Road Awards Banquet sponsored by Bike
Florida and the Florida Bicycle
Plaza Hotel and Suites, Gainesville.
- October 25 is the annual
Ride of the Living Dead on the Cross Florida Greenway.
Register now! The fun begins at 8 a.m. Don't miss the
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
The annual Leon County Parks and Recreation Greenways
Days is being held Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the J.R. Alford Greenway. Come and enjoy
demonstrations/exhibits, children's activities and hayride
tours, and take advantage of the many trails in the area.
Halloween Bicycle Ride October 31, 7
p.m., with the
Putnam Blueways and Trails CSO. Wear a costume, bring
a light, and ride on the Lake Butler to Palakta State
Trail starting at Grandin and heading towards Keystone
- 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
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