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Destination: Adventure

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On the trail to adventure!

It's time for a bit of a change. Since we launched the eNews nearly a decade ago, it's mainly been a recap of what we're up to and what's new on the website, with some opinion thrown in. Since we're always on the go throughout Florida, we thought it might be valuable to you for us to focus on a destination in each newsletter rather than just a "what's new." That will also help us catch up on our backlog of trails, parks, and experiences we've planned to put on the website but just hadn't gotten around to yet, by letting us focus on just one place each month.

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First up? We thought it appropriate to launch our adventure series with Florida's Adventure Coast. This is the region between the Gulf of Mexico and the Withlacoochee River, where major bike paths and the Florida Trail intersect near Brooksville. It includes Weeki Wachee, Bayport, Hernando Beach, Spring Hill, Ridge Manor, and Nobleton. While we still have more trails to add and more stories to tell, we think you can plan your own hiking, biking, and/or paddling adventure based on what we've added to the website about this region this past month. We've highlighted a few outdoor activities below, but you'll find many more online.

Cheers, Sandra & John

PS. On April 10, join us at the College of Central Florida in Ocala for two workshops - one on hiking, the other on outdoor writing - that Sandra will be leading for Library Week.


Four Days on Florida's Adventure Coast

Destination: Adventure
Biking, paddling, and even a bit of hiking were in the plans as we explored Florida’s Adventure Coast – Hernando County – for activities we could enjoy during warm weather.


Florida Trail, Croom River Trail
A pleasant ramble on bluffs above the Withlacoochee River, the Croom River Trail segment of the Florida Trail tunnels through oak hammocks and slips around cypress swamps along its 6.3-mile journey.

Croom River Trail Loop
Croom Hiking Trail

Good Neighbor Trail
Following a former narrow gauge railroad corridor from Croom to a depot built in 1885 in Brooksville, the Good Neighbor Trail is a 10.1-mile linear paved path that is part of the Coast to Coast Trail.

Paddling the Weeki Wachee River
One of Florida's most beautiful paddling trips, the Weeki Wachee River rises from first magnitude Weeki Wachee Springs and winds through lush floodplain forests as it is fed by hundreds of smaller springs along this 5.5-mile paddling run.

Nature Coast Botanical Gardens
An oasis of serenity in Spring Hill, several acres of compact garden rooms make up the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. Each delights the senses with an ever-changing array of blooms and colors.


Recent Features

How to prepare for a backpacking trip
What does a hiker need to spend a week, or a month, or three months on the trail? Here are trail-tested suggestions for backpacking in Florida for trips of a week or more

I Did A (Bit of) I Did-A-Hike
Despite pouring rain and thunderstorms, nearly 240 people showed up to tackle the Florida Trail along the Suwannee River for the annual I-Did-A-Hike, and it made for a memorable experience.

You can find all of our more recent feature articles on the Recent Articles page.


Upcoming Events

Our Public Workshops

Apr 10: 50 Hikes & More: Hiking Central Florida with Florida Hikes, CF, Ocala
Apr 10: Alligators Everywhere: Outdoor Writing in Florida, CF, Ocala
May 19: Hiking the Florida Trail, Appalachian Trail Days, Damascus VA

Outdoor Events

Mar 29-31: Panhandle Trace Hike Part I, Milton
Mar 30: 2nd annual Micco Bluff Hike, Basinger
Apr 5-7Panhandle Trace Hike Part II, Navarre
Apr 6: Florida Trail Association Annual Meeting & Awards, Gainesville
Apr 20: National Park Week (and fee-free day for public lands)
Jun 1: National Trails Day

Are we missing any major events? Let us know and we'll add them to the next newsletter.

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