Florida Crackers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association


The Florida Crackers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association has brought together North Central Florida’s hikers since it was chartered in 1980, when the first meetings were held in member’s living rooms. The chapter hosted the very first North Regional Fall Conference in 1983 at Suwannee River State Park and has participated in every state and North Regional conference since. A subchapter, the Cracker’s Kinfolk, became the Suwannee Chapter.


Members of the Florida Crackers have built many bridges over the deep gorges along the Suwannee River, have maintained an open trail in Lake Butler Forest despite frequent timber clearcuts, and, working in coordination with biking and equestrian groups, built a 35-mile segment of trail through Marion County along the Cross Florida Greenway, crossing the prominent 3.3 million dollar Land Bridge over I-75 between Belleview and Ocala.


The chapter schedules a variety of activities each month such as day hikes, picnics, kayak/canoe trips, overnight pack trips and bicycle outings. Annual events include the chapter Christmas party in December and the "Goodbye for the Summer" picnic in May.



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Recent Meetups

  • February 21 · 8:00 AM


    10 Hikers | 5.00

    Join us for the 7th Annual IDidAHike organized by the North Florida Trailblazers Chapter of FTA.  This event is a fund raiser for the Florida Trail Association featuring... Learn more
  • February 19 · 6:30 PM

    Chapter Meeting

    8 Hikers | 5.00

    Join us for our monthly chapter meeting.  Members and public invited. Swallow-tailed kites will be the subject of the February program of the Cracker Chapter of the... Learn more
  • February 12 · 9:30 AM

    Thursday Hikes - Oleno Natural Bridge

    9 Hikers | 5.00

    This hike is a little longer than most Thursday hikes - about 8 miles.  There's a small chance of wet feet, but probably not.  We will hike from Oleno State Park parking... Learn more
  • February 11 · 9:00 AM

    Kayak Wednesday - Rainbow

    7 Hikers | 4.50 | 23 Photos

    Monthly week-day kayak day trip.  Join us for a mid-week kayak trip on the Rainbow River. Meet up at K.P. Hole County Park at 9:00 am.  We'll unload our kayaks then... Learn more
  • February 8 · 8:30 AM

    FNST Western Corridor Hiking Series - Hike 12b

    4 Hikers | 5.00 | 5 Photos

    http://www.meetup.com/Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/219725697/ Hike 12: SR 50 spur to Lachoochee Road (with River Loop) 8 miles The hike will be in the Richloam... Learn more
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