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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+)

Blowing Rock Preserve Walk

Needs a location

Join Paul for this walk on the beach, from Coral Cove Park to Blowing Rock Preserve and back.

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Riverbend Park Stroll

Needs a location

Come on out for a walk with Paul in this expansive park. We often see deer (but not every time, heheh) while walking through this canopy shaded natural area.

We'll meet at the main parking lot in front of the visitor center. See the map pin. We start walking at 7:30 so be there in time to sign in and get ready.

Sorry but dogs are not allowed on our activities.

Contact: Paul Cummings:[masked].


Osprey Run - Trail Maintenance

Needs a location

****Please copy and paste the link below to sign up for the event through Signup Genius. If you have any issues, you can contact Tessa Roberts. Her information is at the bottom of the description:


The 3rd Annual Osprey Trail Run will take place at George LeStarnge Preserve in Ft. Pierce on September 3rd, 2022. We will be conducting trail maintenance each Saturday leading up to the event. Please sign up for as many workdays as you want to. Be mindful that we will be working in the heat so staying hydrated is key. Please bring a refillable water bottle. A cooler with ice water will be readily available for refills. Wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and a hat. There will be opportunities for all: clipping and clearing vegetation, filling in holes, moving rocks, weed eating, etc.

If you are interested to learn more about the race you can do so here: https://runtheosprey.com/

We love our trail runners as they also help our chapter with maintenance and other forms of support. What better way to show appreciation for their wonderful trails and our wonderful trail runners, than to help them with some trail maintenance for their upcoming event: The Osprey Run.

The county will provide all the equipment needed though some of you may prefer your own and you are welcome to bring it, but please mark it with your name and know that you’ll be responsible for keeping up with it.

Please bring plenty of water, electrolytes, and sun and insect protection. Many of you know that this particular trail is my absolute favorite trail in St. Lucie County. If you'd like to enjoy it at a slower pace and give back to the community, this event is for you.


County Contact:
Tessa Roberts | Volunteer Program Specialist | Environmental Resources Department
Ph:[masked] | 5400 NE St. James Dr., Port St. Lucie 34983

FTA Contact: Rita Black[masked]

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.


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Past events (1,492)

Corbett Volunteer Work Party

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