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Founded in 1964, the Florida Trail Association is a private non-profit organization that oversees the volunteer effort to build, maintain, protect and promote the Florida Trail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_National_Scenic_Trail), one of eleven National Scenic Trails (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Scenic_Trail) in the United States. Based in Gainesville, FL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainesville,_FL), the Florida Trail Association's mission also includes:

Building and maintaining hiking trails on other public lands.

Providing educational opportunities for people to learn to appreciate and conserve the natural beauty of Florida.

Providing recreational opportunities for hiking and camping.

With 19 local chapters dispersed geographically throughout Florida (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida), the Florida Trail Association draws on local support to build and maintain hiking trails, to provide guided outdoor recreation opportunities for the public, and to work with landowners to acquire protected natural lands to ensure a quality hiking experience for hikers on the Florida Trail corridor.

The Florida Trail Association works directly in concert with the federal land manager of the Florida Trail, the USDA Forest Service (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USDA_Forest_Service), to facilitate the acquisition of land, to direct volunteer efforts, and to provide public outreach.


One must understand that joining this Meetup site does not automatically make you a member of the Florida Trail Association. "Real" membership requires becoming a paid member of the FTA. Please consider joining at:

We are the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. Our Chapter is located in the Palm Beach County area. If you enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, eco-volunteering, this is the group for you!

FTA membership is not mandatory to hike our trails, but it is encouraged. To join the Florida Trail Association (includes membership in the Loxahatchee Chapter) go to http://www.floridatrail.org. Members receive many benefits, including automatic membership in the Loxahatchee Chapter, which holds its own meetings and activities and sends out a newsletter pertinent to what's going on in your area; a subscription to the Florida Trail Footprint newsletter; free trail maintenance training workshops, including chainsaw certification; free participation in F-Troop, our team-building volunteer trail crews that tackle large projects like building bridges and boardwalks; a window decal and logo patch; opportunity to participate on decision-making committees covering major hiking issues; and voting privileges.

Activities are organized by authorized activity leaders. Participants in activities must sign an Assumption of Risk form and agree to accept personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of accompanying minors. Always contact (phone call) the activity leader in advance for more information, to let them know you are attending, and to find out about any special requirements for a trip.

Upcoming events (4+)

Walk in Royal Palm Beach Pines NA

Needs a location

Join Paul on a nice stroll through this urban natural area of pine flatwoods and wet prairie. The hike will start at 7:30 so make sure you are there to sign in and get ready to go BEFORE 7:30.


Contact Paul Cummings[masked]

SWA Greenway Trail Walk with Alan

Needs a location

Join Alan for a stroll of 2 to 4 miles on the Solid Waste Authority Greenway Trail System.

Please note: Alan is the host for this activity but is not on MU. I (Scott) am listed as host by default because I upload the event however I might not attend. Call Alan for additional information.

Contact Alan Collins -[masked] or[masked]


Hike the JD Green Loop

Needs a location

Come on out and experience elevation change in Florida! This will be a hike of about 5 miles, and we will start off in the sand dune hills. If you haven't done these dunes before they are worth the entry fee to this state park. We will probably make a side trip to the tower (if I can remember the path, it's been awhile!) and if you get really lucky you might spot a Florida Scurb Jay!

Don't let this short distance fool you. It has gotten hot and these dunes are tough, as is the sugar sand. We will be going at a pace somewhere between our hikes and walks.

I don't use the MU phone app so if you need to contact me the morning of, call me as I won't see a MU message and won't text during my hour drive to the park.


Contact Scott Lunsford[masked]

John Prince Park Walk

Needs a location

A spirited one-hour walk will get your appetite up for breakfast at Toojay's afterward! If you keep up with Paul you will walk a little over 3 miles in a hour... but if you are not up for it you can slow to your own pace and shorten the distance. But you need to be back at the parking lot in a hour to head for breakfast!

Reminder: Dogs are not allowed on our outings.

Contact Paul Cummings,[masked].


This is a BIG park with several entrances. Use the entrance on Congress Avenue between Lantana Road and 6th Ave S. Go east to the first intersection and make a right. In about 50 yards turn left into the first parking lot you come to. The numerous times I have been to this walk our group has been the only ones in the parking lot.

Past events (1,470)

Walk/Hike at Yamato Scrub

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