Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Hiking, Biking, Paddling and Horseback

Bring Along A Camera!

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Hardwood hammocks, rookeriesnurturing stork and ibis, palmetto prairies, and the world-famous River of Grass – unique places that make Florida the “Best Trails State” in America– can now be visited online to sample real treks by foot, bicycle, mountain bike, horse, canoe and kayak. Florida’s nationally acclaimed trail system is 8,000 miles of land-based trails and more than 4,000 miles of water trails traversing the Sunshine State, all now profiled online. VISIT FLORIDA and its trail-wise partners offer a new website – details, maps and images of this wonderland of trails. The site provides all the information we need to choose a hiking, biking, equestrian or paddling vacation in Florida, plus online interactions with trails experts and suggestions for booking.

While traveling on trails, all senses are engaged as visitors enjoy up-close views of nature and historical sites, experience life at a slower pace, and reap the fitness benefits of
exercise and fresh air. Trail-goers of all ages can journey along marked and managed trails that led the American Trails organization to name Florida its first-ever “Best Trails State in America.” Paddle down the spring-fed waters of the Wekiva River or gallop through the shady woods of Goethe State Forest. Breathe the salty breezes of the Florida Keys while biking the Florida Overseas Heritage Trail. Or, hike through the Blackwater River State Forest and camp beside this tranquil river to refresh body and mind.

At, viewers can also learn about the Great CalusaBlueway, the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Loxahatchee River Canoe Trail, the Cross Florida Greenway and many other splendid trails. The site provides interactive maps, slide shows, videos, links to near-trail campgrounds, hotels and outfitters, and online access to VISIT FLORIDA Outdoors & Nature Insider Kevin Mims, in the field with first-hand reports of what there is to see and do.

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