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.