Celebrate February as Florida Hiking Trails Month exploring the more than 850 miles of hiking trails on District lands.
Florida Hiking Trails month, recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, encourages Floridians to take advantage of Florida’s extensive trail system. Many trails on District lands are nearby and also are open for related activities such as nature study, bird watching, photography, jogging and backpacking.
The District’s 162-page Recreation Guide features more than 50 parks and preserves in the region owned by the District and its partners. Some of the outdoor activities available include hiking, bicycling, picnicking, nature study, horseback riding, fishing, paddling, camping and hunting.
The District and its partners acquire conservation lands primarily through the state’s land acquisition programs to protect the 16-county region’s water resources. Many of these lands are maintained directly by the District and offer a very natural experience, while some of these properties are managed as county and state parks and offer a broader range of amenities. Most of these lands offer free parking and admission.
The Recreation Guide is a free publication to all residents living in the District’s 16-county area and includes detailed descriptions and a map for each property. To order a free Recreation Guide, visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org/Recreation.