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ABOUT US:

We are the Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, bringing hikers together throughout the Capital Region surrounding Tallahassee since 1982. The Apalachee Chapter is one of 18 Florida Trail Association chapters statewide that provide volunteers to build and maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail. (http://www.floridatrail.org/) Our Chapter's main reason for existence is building and maintaining almost 150 miles of the FNST (from the Aucilla River to the Apalachicola River) as well as several other local trails on public lands (Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Ft. Braden Trail in Lake Talquin State Forest, and the hiking trails in Torreya State Park). The Florida National Scenic Trail is a 1,100 mile hiking trail spanning the length of Florida--from the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the western Panhandle.The Apalachee Chapter has the distinction of having the first certified section of the Florida National Scenic Trail, certified by the USDA Forest Service in 1988. The Apalachee Chapter conducts a wide variety of activities year-round, and holds a program meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Our website at http://apalachee.floridatrail.org has many helpful links to information about our chapter, our trails, and hiking in general. Our activities are free to non-FTA-members but donations are accepted to help cover the costs of those activities and to help fund tools for trail work. A donation of any amount may be given to the Activity Leader when you participate in an activity.

NOTE:
Joining this Meetup site does not automatically make you a member of the Florida Trail Association. Please support the cost of our activities, and receive membership benefits, by joining the Florida Trail Association and becoming a member of the Apalachee Chapter. Go to http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member to join FTA online (or call the FTA office in Gainesville, toll-free 1-877-445-3352).

PLEASE READ:
Before you sign up for an activity, please read the Activity Participant Guidelines at http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/guidelines-for-activity-participants (http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/guidelines-for-activity-participants/) This will make for a better outing experience for all concerned.

Here's a video about the Florida Trail:
"History of the Florida Trail" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5bfqEv9EPw

Upcoming events (5)

Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance: Apalachicola National Forest West.

Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance: Apalachicola National Forest West. Lop, mow, blaze and clear the Florida National Scenic Trail in the western section of the Apalachicola National Forest. Bring lunch, snacks, insect repellent, rainwear, sun protection, first aid kit and plenty of water. Tools and safety equipment provided. Contact: For more information, carpooling, and directions contact Al Ingle (850)[masked], [masked] or Mike Tucker (850)[masked], [masked]. If you don’t contact one of the trip leaders in advance, you cannot join the work party. OPEN TO PUBLIC. ***LIMIT 10 PEOPLE. MUST CALL OR EMAIL TO SIGN UP***

Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance: Apalachicola National Forest West.

Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance: Apalachicola National Forest West. Lop, mow, blaze and clear the Florida National Scenic Trail in the western section of the Apalachicola National Forest. Bring lunch, snacks, insect repellent, rainwear, sun protection, first aid kit and plenty of water. Tools and safety equipment provided. Contact: For more information, carpooling, and directions contact Al Ingle (850)[masked], [masked] or Mike Tucker (850)[masked], [masked]. If you don’t contact one of the trip leaders in advance, you cannot join the work party. OPEN TO PUBLIC. ***LIMIT 10 PEOPLE. MUST CALL OR EMAIL TO SIGN UP***

VIRTUAL Chapter Meeting, Volunteer Awards/Program - November

The Florida Trail and Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape. Kent Wimmer, Senior Representative, Defenders of Wildlife and the Apalachee Chapter’s Trail Coordinator, will share how a budding partnership he is leading can help close gaps in the Florida Trail in the panhandle. The goals of the Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape Partnership are to protect habitat for listed species, conserve working lands and protect the training missions of five military installations in Northwest Florida. The Florida Trail is a principal way the public can be provided access to the lands conserved through this partnership of state, federal and private agencies. This will be a VIRTUAL presentation, via Zoom. Please check back later for the specific connection address.

Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance: Apalachicola National Forest West.

Florida National Scenic Trail Maintenance: Apalachicola National Forest West. Lop, mow, blaze and clear the Florida National Scenic Trail in the western section of the Apalachicola National Forest. Bring lunch, snacks, insect repellent, rainwear, sun protection, first aid kit and plenty of water. Tools and safety equipment provided. Contact: For more information, carpooling, and directions contact Al Ingle (850)[masked], [masked] or Mike Tucker (850)[masked], [masked]. If you don’t contact one of the trip leaders in advance, you cannot join the work party. OPEN TO PUBLIC. ***LIMIT 10 PEOPLE. MUST CALL OR EMAIL TO SIGN UP***

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