What we're about

The Florida Trail isn't a destination it's an experience! An experience that changes daily.

The Choctawhatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association is an outdoor adventure and eco-volunteering group. Our activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, and paddling events throughout the year ranging from easy to strenuous, local to regional.  We FOCUS on outdoor activities in NW Florida and South Alabama woodlands and streams. Our members are outdoor enthusiasts who also enjoy building and maintaining local hiking trails.

We are the Choctawhatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association.  We maintain the FLORIDA TRAIL (aka: Florida National Scenic Trail) in Okaloosa and Walton Counties – Chapter activities are open to the public and center on enjoying Florida’s woodlands, streams and natural areas. The Chapter maintains the FLORIDA TRAIL on the Eglin AFB Reservation (58 miles), Nokuse Section (20 miles) and the Choctawhatchee River Section (8 miles).

The Florida Trail Association is a 4,000+ member statewide organization with 19 chapters. Goal: To build and maintain the FLORIDA TRAIL and other hiking trails in Florida. Support the conservation of Florida’s natural areas.

For an overview of the types of activities we sponsor look at our PHOTO.

'After checking us out, membership in the Florida Trail Association is expected. Donations are welcomed and strongly encouraged.  Help us keep the Florida Trail alive.'

The Florida Trail isn't a destination it's an experience!

Upcoming events (2)

Nokuse / CRS Sections / Florida Trail Volunteer Work Party

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Nokuse / Choctawhatchee River Section Work Party -
Work plan: This activity will focus on re-blazing of the Florida Trail on the Nokuse Section between State Road 81 and Black Creek. The full extent of the task depends on the weather and volunteer involvement.

BRING: An orange vest. hard hat, gloves, eye protection, plenty of fluids, rain gear, insect repellent and a lunch. Long pants and good closed toe shoes are HIGHLY recommended.


Participants should read and be familiar with the contents for the following Job Hazard Analysis documents prior to the workday:

General Trail-Maintenance: https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf

Nokuse / Florida Trail Volunteer Work Party

Pine Log Wildlife Management Area

This will be a long weekend (3 day) trail maintenance event mainly focus on the Nokuse Section of the Florida Trail (FT). The Nokuse Section (19 miles) is in Walton County, Florida on the Nokuse Plantation and Northwest Florida Water Management District lands. Volunteer camping will be at Pine Log State Forest, Youth Campground.

***Sign-up for this activity will be available on the FTA website in late Summer 2023. ***

Please let me know if you have any questions?

Past events (1,051)

Nokuse / CRS Sections / Florida Trail Volunteer Work Party

FNST Owls Head Trailhead

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