What we're about

We are the North Florida Trailblazers, the local chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Our main purpose is to build and maintain sections of the Florida Trail (FT) in our chapter's area. Sections are located in the Osceola National Forest, along the Suwannee River near White Springs, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park and Camp Blanding. When we are not working on the FT, we organize day hikes, backpacking, paddling, and other outdoor activities. We have chapter meetings, social events and other activities to promote hiking. We are using Meetup to reach people interested in hiking.

The FT, a 1300 mile trail that runs the length of Florida, is part of the National Scenic Trails system (includes the AT and the Continental Divide, for example). The FT is developed, maintained, protected and promoted by the FTA and its public and private partners.

We are not a social networking or dating group. We are here to support and maintain the FT and to promote hiking in general. But if you enjoy hiking and outdoors activities, you will certainly meet people with shared interests. Advertising to or within the group is not allowed.

RSVPs are important so that we may properly plan for you and for the group. If your ability to attend changes, please change your RSVP as soon as you know so that your spot can be given to others especially on our limited attendance events. If you have to change your RSVP at the last minute, please message your event leader so that you are not marked as a "No Show." Three No Shows can result in the loss of your membership in the Meetup group.

If you request to join us, please make sure your profile includes your name and a recent photo of yourself so we can recognize you at our events. We do require participants at our events to put their name on our sign-in sheet/liability waiver.

Our members receive many benefits, including automatic membership in a local chapter in your area, 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 Footprint magazine; trail maintenance training workshops, including chainsaw certification; participation in Volunteer Work Parties, 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 trail issues; and voting privileges. Memberships start at $35 for an individual or $50 for a family. http://ftashop.floridatrail.org/individual -...

NOTE: Registration on this Meetup does not make you a member of the FTA. Some of our events will be offered only to FTA members. Go to www.floridatrail.org to join the FTA and learn more about our organization.

Upcoming events (3)


Crooked River State Park

Let's have a Spooktacular Halloween party at Crooked River State Park, Georgia. This is a close park for our North Florida Trailblazers. Must be a paid member of the Florida Trail to attend. Halloween party - Saturday night at Campsite #57 - 7pm -must come in a costume- BYOB - appetizers will be served! Games and Halloween Costume Contest with prizes. Scavenger hunt! The fun starts Friday night - You are responsible to book your own site: https://gastateparks.reserveamerica.com/campsiteFilterAction.do?sitefilter=ALL&startIdx=0&contractCode=GA&parkId=530149 There are still several sites available but they go fast - Georgia allows you to book 13 months out - RV sites with Full Hook up!! Tracey: Host: Friday - Sunday, October 30 - Nov. 1st Site 57 Why wait - book your site and let me know your site #!!

Christmas Party - Cary Forest State Park

Cary State Forest

UPDATE: JULY 29TH, 2020 The Pavillion and the Group Camp Site are all closed due to COVID. If you do not have an assigned site from me - you are unable to Tent Camp. Christmas Party 2020!! We have moved our location!! Cary State Forest is dominated by slash pine flatwoods. There is a 1.25 mile trail with boardwalk and a 12.2 mile and a 7.75 mile trail designated for horses, hikers and bikers. As of 2/20/2020.... all campsites are booked..We are going to book the Group Site for tent camping only. So just post if you plan on tent camping at Group site. More info to follow. We have reserved all 6 RV sites and the pavilion for our Christmas Party. RV sites are all assigned. If you are tent camping - we can have 1 tent per RV site. Email Tracey: [masked] to hold a spot to tent camp( $8.75 per night for tent camping) Should we get alot more people to tent camp - we will look into booking the Group Site as well! More information to follow. You must be a Paid member of the Florida Trail Association to attend our Christmas Party!! Join: www.Floridatrail.org


Saint Marks

A fundraising event that has been held by the North Florida Trailblazers for 11 years has now expanded to the other Chapters of the Florida Trail Association. 2020 was held by the Suncoast Chapter held at Tillis Hill Preserve in Innverness, Fl. 2021 IDIDHIKE is being sponsored by the Apalachee Chapter in St. Marks Florida. Join their meet-up page for more information and keep an eye out for our page for additional information.

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Pop-up Hike for National Forest Week

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