October 10, 2011
I first joined the Florida Trail Association (FTA) when I lived in Pensacola in the 1990s and I've been a member ever since.
Have hiked sections of the Florida Trail in the north part of the state, but not much down south. Am familiar with the AT in western North Carolina.
The FTA is a great organization and provides many opportunities to hike in Florida. I encourage all Meetup members to log onto www.floridatrail.org and browse around the state website. There is lots of information about camping/hiking/backpacking.
My first backpack trip was with the Pensacola chapter on Cumberland Island. I'm only a 2-nighter, but one of these days I want to do 5 days. Florida Trail folks are very willing to talk about their backpacking tips and gadgets.
Yes, you can hike in Florida! The North Florida Trailblazers, a chapter of the Florida Trail Association, can show you where and how.
This group is for anyone who is interested in learning more about hiking and protecting hiking in Florida. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome. See our website for more info.