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Membership on Meetup does not mean you are an FTA member

Founded in 1964, the Florida Trail Association is a private non-profit organization that oversees the volunteer effort to build, maintain, protect and promote the Florida Trail, one of eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States. Based in Gainesville, FL, the Florida Trail Association's mission also includes:

  • Building and maintaining hiking trails on other public lands.
  • Providing educational opportunities for people to learn to appreciate and conserve the natural beauty of Florida.
  • Providing recreational opportunities for hiking and camping.

With 18 local chapters dispersed geographically throughout Florida, the Florida Trail Association draws on local support to build and maintain hiking trails, to provide guided outdoor recreation opportunities for the public, and to work with landowners to acquire protected natural lands to ensure a quality hiking experience for hikers on the Florida Trail corridor.

The Florida Trail Association works directly in concert with the federal land manager of the Florida Trail, the USDA Forest Service, to facilitate the acquisition of land, to direct volunteer efforts, and to provide public outreach.


One must understand that joining this Meetup site does not automatically make you a member of the Florida Trail Association. "Real" membership requires becoming a paid member of the FTA. Please consider joining at:

We are the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. Our Chapter is located in the Palm Beach County area. If you enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, eco-volunteering, this is the group for you!

FTA membership is not mandatory to hike our trails, but it is encouraged. To join the Florida Trail Association (includes membership in the Loxahatchee Chapter) go to http://www.floridatrail.org. Members receive many benefits, including automatic membership in the Loxahatchee Chapter, which holds its own meetings and activities and sends out a newsletter pertinent to what's going on in your area; a subscription to the Florida Trail Footprint newsletter; free trail maintenance training workshops, including chainsaw certification; free participation in F-Troop, our team-building volunteer trail crews that tackle large projects like building bridges and boardwalks; a window decal and logo patch; opportunity to participate on decision-making committees covering major hiking issues; and voting privileges.

Activities are organized by authorized activity leaders. Participants in activities must sign an Assumption of Risk form and agree to accept personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of accompanying minors. Always contact (phone call) the activity leader in advance for more information, to let them know you are attending, and to find out about any special requirements for a trip.

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Recent Meetups

  • 14h ago · 7:30 AM

    Clip and Walk Maintenance

    5 Members

    Meet at the Nature Center for an easy trail clearing/clean up activity! Bring clipping tools if you have them and gloves. A hat and bug spray are a good idea and as... Learn more
  • 6 days ago · 7:30 AM

    Frenchman's Forest Walk

    14 Members | 5.00

    This is an easy walk in the shady pinelands off Prosperity Farms Rd. Access the natural-surface trail and a 500 foot boardwalk through a cypress swamp. Join us at 7:30... Learn more
  • August 22 · 8:00 AM

    Hike in Apoxee

    13 Members | 5.00 | 9 Photos

    Join Joe Rosenberg at 8:00 a.m. for a 9-mile hike to enjoy this beautiful area. Plenty of water is a must. Contact: Joe at[masked]-1954. Public/Moderate NOTE: Google... Learn more
  • August 15 · 7:30 AM

    Okeeheelee Park Stroll

    14 Members | 9 Photos

    One hour leisure stroll in the park - always a new route, always a new adventure! Breakfast afterward at Pete's Place. Contact: Roy Moore;  [masked] Public/Leisure
  • August 8 · 6:00 AM

    Trail Maintenance

    4 Members | 5.00 | 10 Photos

    This is an early one to beat the heat! And you will probably get your feet wet to help keep cool so some on out! Meet at the north entrance check gate in time to sign in... Learn more
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