What we're about

*Please consider paid membership to FTA*

Membership on Meetup does not mean you are an FTA member

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.

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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:

http://208.71.18.160/store/html/category.cfm?id=86

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 (5)

Weekday Loxahatchee Northern Trail

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Meet at 8:15 a.m. Join us for a 2 plus hour hike (up to 4 miles) as we cover the less travelled northern trail. The attached photo was taken on my last hike there. If our timing is good we'll see families of gators in the canal. Our pace will be moderate and we'll also walk the Cypress dome boardwalk. Restrooms are on the premises. Bring sun protection and a drink. After the hike, those interested can stop at nearby Bedner's Farm Fresh Market to view and/or purchase local grown produce.

FTA Activity Leader: Steve Galla. [masked] texting preferred.

Directions: The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located 10 miles west of Boynton Beach off Route 441- State Road 7, and easily reached by taking I-95 or the Turnpike. There is a parking fee. Google maps has a complete set of directions to our hike. The address is:

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, FL

Walk in Seacreast and High Ridge Natural Areas

Seacrest Scrub Natural Area

Walk through these scrub and scrubby flatwoods natural areas in Boynton Beach. 7:30 a.m. we start walking so arrive early enough to sign in and get ready by then. The walk will begin at Seacrest Scrub and then you will caravan to High Ridge for a second exploration! But be prepared for some Florida elevation change as you climb the ridge!

Sorry but dogs are not allowed on our events.

Contact: Paul Cummings[masked]

Public/Leisure.

Walk in Royal Palm Beach Pines NA

Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area

Join Alan 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. It's hot, bring plenty to drink.

Public/Leisure

Contact Alan Collins[masked] or[masked]
(Alan is not on MU so call with questions)

Evening Sunset Stroll in Winding Waters NA

Winding Waters Natural Area

Here's one for those that can't make Paul's hikes because they are so early!!! He's doing an evening sunset hike!
Join Paul for a stroll in this quiet and peaceful 548 acre natural area as the sun goes down. Contact him for details.

Dogs are not allowed in Natural Areas

Public/Leisure

Contact Paul Cummings:[masked]

Past events (1,249)

Blowing Rock Preserve Walk

Coral Cove Park in Tequesta

Photos (19,394)