What we're about

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 (4+)

A Walk in the Woods: Lafayette Heritage Trail Park (Piney Z)

Lafayette Heritage Trail Park

A Walk in the Woods is beneficial to one's mental and physical health. Join us in a moderate to strenuous walk through the woods at your length (3.5 miles+ at 3-4 miles/hour is common). We rest for a few minutes at the midway point. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent and sunscreen as needed. Meet near the restrooms. We start the hike at 5:15 pm sharp.

Anyone may attend this event, however, please consider joining FTA with your membership: https://apalachee.floridatrail.org/vol/membership/

Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850)[masked], or [masked].

Phipps Park Hike

Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Gate A

Phipps Park provides a wonderful opportunity for wilderness hiking inside the city. The trails are interesting and moderately challenging, with the possibility of seeing wildlife.

This is an approximately 3 mile hike on a single track, primitive footpath in the woods, at a speed of[masked] mph. Come at 9:00 and be ready to start at 9:15.

Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Apply bug repellent and sunscreen as needed. Snacks optional.

We will meet in the parking lot at Gate A, located at 1275 Miller Landing Road. This is 1/2 mile PAST the soccer complex on the left.

Questions: Contact Ike Eberstein[masked] or [masked]

Heart and Sole Urban Walk

Miccosukee Greenway, Crump Road Trailhead

Many blisters ago we started these weekly urban walks - now we are chafing the dream, witnessing the fitness and are walking sole mates celebrating our 12th Year! Come at 9:00 am and be ready to hike a 4 – 6 mile loop (2 -3 miles in and back) at 9:10 AM sharp. Bring snack if needed, water and hat and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated. We will attempt to maintain a pace of[masked] mph. Location: Miccosukee Greenway, Crump Road Trailhead (4996 Crump Rd, Tallahassee) YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850)[masked], [masked]

Fatbusters - HIIT Workout in the Park (Thornton trailhead)

Miccosukee Greenway Thornton Rd Trailhead

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is not only beneficial to one's mental and physical health, but can help shed a few holiday pounds.

Why workout in the gym staring at a wall or mirror? Join us in the lush greenery of the great outdoors! We'll complete a 20-30-minute workout at the Miccosukee Greenway (Thornton trailhead). We'll walk, then stop for high intensity exercises, walk again, then HIIT, etc. I'll discuss the HIIT exercises beforehand and show modified and more intense versions. Be sure to arrive by 5:15pm for this preparation.

Dress warmly. Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent as needed. Meet near the restrooms. We start the workout at 5:30 pm sharp. Know your abilities and limitations.

Anyone may attend this event, however, please consider joining FTA with your membership: https://apalachee.floridatrail.org/vol/membership/

Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850)[masked], or [masked].

Past events (1,869)

St Marks National Wildlive Refuge Day Hike

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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