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

  • 2 days ago · 6:30 PM

    Chapter Meeting

    6 Hikers

    Monthly Chapter Meeting. Our next Cracker Chapter meeting will be Thurs April 16 starting at 6:30 pm. We'll discover the Bartram Trail in Putnam County. A volunteer... Learn more
  • 3 days ago · 9:00 AM

    Kayak Wednesday - Ocklawaha

    6 Hikers | 19 Photos

    Monthly week-day kayak day trip.  Join us for a mid-week kayak trip on the Ocklawaha River.  Bring a shady hat, lots of water, sunscreen and snacks. Dress for the... Learn more
  • April 9 · 3:00 PM

    FTA Annual Conference

    2 Hikers

    The On-line Registration for the annual FTA Conference is now open. Click HERE to reserve your spot now and get more information.   Please Note:  RSVPing here on Meetup... Learn more
  • April 4 · 9:00 AM

    Work Hike Lite/Orientation

    3 Hikers

    Details for this day's hike: All hands on deck!! A great opportunity for work hike orientation! The Lake Butler Forest reroute is in effect. Plum Creek did the first... Learn more
  • April 4 · 9:00 AM

    Alachua County Forever - Balu Forest

    5 Hikers | 5.00 | 53 Photos

    Continuing our cooperative agreement with Alachua County Forever, this year we are offering 4 hikes on land not yet open to the general public. Each hike we'll be... Learn more
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