What we're about

We are 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 (http://www.floridatrail.org/). 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 5,000+ 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.

To learn more about local OVERNIGHT and DAY HIKES on Eglin our PAGES.

'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.'

Upcoming events (3)

FNST - Eglin Trail Maintenance, Sep 28, 2021

Eglin / Okaloosa Tower

This activity will focus on performing routine trail maintenance or other duties along the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) on the Eglin Reservation.

An Eglin reservation permit is REQUIRED when entering the Eglin reservation. Everyone must have in their possession a valid Eglin permit and photo ID. Permits can be purchased in person at Jackson Guard in Niceville. Their address is 107 Hwy 85 North, and their number is (850)[masked] or (850)[masked]. Permits can also be purchased online at the following website. https://eglin.isportsman.net/default.aspx

Contact activity leader for additional details. Keith LeFevre [masked]).

BRING: Your own 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.

NO PETS

PLEASE READ & BE FAMILIAR WITH THE FTA'S COVID-19 OPERATING PROCEDURES AT THE FOLLOWING LINK.

https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Public-Facing-FTA-Covid19-Procedures-as-of-9.14.21.pdf

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

COVID 19 - https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf

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

Mower and Brush Cutter: https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-JHAs_Mower-and-Brushcutter_REV-Feb.-2019.pdf

Chainsaw: https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-JHAs_Chainsaw_REV-Feb.-2019.pdf

FNST - Eglin Trail Maintenance, Oct 5, 2021

Eglin / Okaloosa Tower

This activity will focus on performing routine trail maintenance or other duties along the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) on the Eglin Reservation.

An Eglin reservation permit is REQUIRED when entering the Eglin reservation. Everyone must have in their possession a valid Eglin permit and photo ID. Permits can be purchased in person at Jackson Guard in Niceville. Their address is 107 Hwy 85 North, and their number is (850)[masked] or (850)[masked]. Permits can also be purchased online at the following website. https://eglin.isportsman.net/default.aspx

Contact activity leader for additional details. Keith LeFevre [masked]).

BRING: Your own 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.

NO PETS

PLEASE READ & BE FAMILIAR WITH THE FTA'S COVID-19 OPERATING PROCEDURES AT THE FOLLOWING LINK.

https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Public-Facing-FTA-Covid19-Procedures-as-of-9.14.21.pdf

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

COVID 19 - https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf

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

Mower and Brush Cutter: https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-JHAs_Mower-and-Brushcutter_REV-Feb.-2019.pdf

Chainsaw: https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-JHAs_Chainsaw_REV-Feb.-2019.pdf

FNST - Eglin Trail Maintenance, Oct 12, 2021

Eglin / Okaloosa Tower

This activity will focus on performing routine trail maintenance or other duties along the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) on the Eglin Reservation.

An Eglin reservation permit is REQUIRED when entering the Eglin reservation. Everyone must have in their possession a valid Eglin permit and photo ID. Permits can be purchased in person at Jackson Guard in Niceville. Their address is 107 Hwy 85 North, and their number is (850)[masked] or (850)[masked]. Permits can also be purchased online at the following website. https://eglin.isportsman.net/default.aspx

Contact activity leader for additional details. Keith LeFevre [masked]).

BRING: Your own 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.

NO PETS

PLEASE READ & BE FAMILIAR WITH THE FTA'S COVID-19 OPERATING PROCEDURES AT THE FOLLOWING LINK.

https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Public-Facing-FTA-Covid19-Procedures-as-of-9.14.21.pdf

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

COVID 19 - https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf

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

Mower and Brush Cutter: https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-JHAs_Mower-and-Brushcutter_REV-Feb.-2019.pdf

Chainsaw: https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-JHAs_Chainsaw_REV-Feb.-2019.pdf

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