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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 (http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/newsletters/) 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.

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).

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+)

St. Marks Trail Bike Ride: St. Marks Trailhead

5057 Woodville Hwy

1-hour/ ~6-15 miles (with option to turn around) bike ride. We will meet at the St. Marks Trailhead and ride from there to any distance you like. The trail is flat paved asphalt, so it is conducive to any type of bike. Bring bike, helmet, water, snacks, insect repellent, sun protection, and rain gear as needed. Sign up here on Meetup. Contact: James Kimbrel (850)[masked], [masked]


433 Wacissa Springs Rd

Kayak/Canoe the headwaters of the Wacissa River to find the 12 named springs. Everyone must wear a life jacket. No pets. Sign up on Meetup. Contact: James Kimbrel (850)[masked], [masked]

Wacissa River and Slave Canal Paddle

Needs a location

This is wilderness paddle on the Wacissa River and Slave Canal. Expect a few pullovers and low trees on this float through bottomland hardwood forest. Bring water, snacks, life jacket, whistle, sun protection and bug repellent. LIMIT 15 CANOES/KAYAKS. TO SIGN UP, YOU MUST CONTACT Kent Wimmer (850)[masked] [masked] Please review all details provided about the activity. If events are limited, some information may not be posted till closer to the event. Do not wait till the day of the event to request information as it may be too late to get back to you. In addition, please change your RSVP if you can no longer attend as there may be a waitlist. Get advance notice on events like this and other great activities 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[masked]) and join our Meetup.com site at https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/

HIke: Apalachee Regional Park Cross-Country Course ~3.1-miles

Apalachee Regional Park

Apalachee Regional park includes one of the nation's premier cross country facilities that was designed specifically for cross country running, in coordination with Florida State University and the Gulf Winds Track club. It hosted both high school and collegiate country championships. We'll start the hike at 9:00 AM sharp to avoid the heat. Although there are a few hills, this should be a relatively easy hike with great scenery. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Minors under age 13 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the hike. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Sign up on Meetup. Contact: Elwood McElhaney (850)[masked], [masked]

Past events (1,419)

Perimeter Hike: Alford Greenway Trail

JR Alford Greenway

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