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The Happy Hoofers chapter of the Florida Trail Association serves Broward and Hendry counties. We maintain the Seminole section of the Florida Trail, which encompasses 65 miles of hiking. Our section starts at MM63 on Alligator Alley (I-75) and passes through the northerly portion of Big Cypress National Preserve into the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. It continues on dikes of the South Florida Water Management District through Hendry County to Lake Okeechobee. In Big Cypress National Preserve, loops of 7 and 15 miles just north of Alligator Alley lead hikers into the wilds of the Big Cypress Swamp and provide opportunities for day hiking and backpacking through this wilderness of cypress trees and slash pines. The Florida Trail follows established roads through the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, and you must be a Florida Trail member and apply for a permit in advance to walk through reservation lands. Hikers pass citrus groves, cattle ranches, and the educational Billie Swamp Safari and Ah-Tha-Tiki museum, devoted to Seminole culture.

Membership on Meetup does not mean you are an FTA member. Please consider joining our state organization at www.floridatrail.org.  This will ensure that you receive our local and statewide e-newsletters as well as a quarterly printed Footprint newsletter.  There are also certain activities that will only be available to FTA members.

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 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.

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