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Florida Trail - Panhandle Chapter Pages

THE NEXT STEP. Meetup members are encouraged to "take the next step" and become full members of the Florida Trail Association. . FTA membership requires a modest annual fee, but entitles the member to several valuable benefits including free training, preferred access to certain limited FTA activities, a subscription to the FTA magazine Footprint, and a subscription to the Chapter Newsletter Panhandle News. For information about the FTA and FTA membership, go to

HISTORY. The Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Trail Association was formed in 1982. Their first major Florida Trail project was construction of the East and West Pine Log trails in Pine Log State Forest. In the late 1980s the chapter extended the trail through "Moore's Pasture" from Pine Log State Forest all the way to Highway 77. In the 1990s, the chapter built the beautiful 18-mile Econfina Creek section, extending from the Highway 20 trailhead up to the Scott Rd trailhead. The trail between Pine Log State Forest and Highway 77 was closed a few years ago, so that for the time being, a long roadwalk connects between Pine Log State Forest and the Highway 20 trailhead.

HOT SPOTS. Popular attractions for local hikers, located in the beautiful Econfina Creek section, are the spectacular "Fender" and "Two Penny" suspension bridges, built in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Many find the Florida Trail along Econfina Creek among the most attractive trails in the state of Florida. A hike along the remote East Pine Log Trail features a short section, marked with signs, that coincides with a historic military road build in the early 1800s. One of the chapter’s premiere events is the Annual Econfina Flower Hike, when we walk along about 5 miles of pristine Econfina Creek when the mountain laurel and wild azalea are in bloom, usually early April. Other popular chapter traditions are the Annual Moonlight Hike and Campfire, the Annual Hike to the Springs, and the Annual Holiday Bash.

Our Chapter meets at 6:30 pm on the first Monday of each month at the Hancock Bank Building on 23rd St. Come join us!

CONTACTS. Contact information for the Panhandle Chapter leadership is listed below. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Chairperson: Charissa Thacker
Phone: 850 814-5365

Vice Chairperson: Cathie Thompson
Phone: 850 866-2383

Secretary: Bryan Durta
Phone: 850 234-3982

Treasurer: Michelle Matt
Phone: 850 236-1139

Program Chair: Steve Ransom
Phone: 850 832-9970

Activity Chair: Mary Thurman
Phone: 850 276-3650

Publicity Chair: Andi Beauchamp
Phone: 850 866-2519

Membership Chair: Barbara Tucker
Phone: 850 624 9073

Newsletter Editor: Rick Tutunick
Phone: 850 624 3892

Trail Coordinator: Ron Peterson
Phone: 850 233-9351

Pine Log Section Leader: Open

Econfina Section Leader: Mary Thurman
Phone: 850 276-3650

Chipola Section Leader: Open

FTA Website:

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