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This group is designed for people who love to get outdoors to hike, backpack, paddle, and give back by way of volunteer trail maintenance.

Joining this Meetup does not constitute membership in the FTA and unless specifically mentioned, you are not required to hold an FTA membership to participate. Events which are FTA Members Only will be clearly indicated.

The Suncoast Chapter serves over 500 FTA members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. We maintain The Florida National Scenic Trail between US 98 north of Lakeland and Hernando.

Within these boundaries we also maintain a section of the Florida Trail Western Corridor which encompasses the Citrus, Croom, Richloam Tracts within Withlacoochee State Forest, and Green Swamp West, as well as popular loop trails within these tracts.

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Trail systems that we also are responsible for include Hillsborough River State Park, Little Manatee State Park, Myakka River State Park, Potts Preserve, Upper Hillsborough WMA, Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, and Withlacoochee River Park.

Our chapter regularly maintains over 200 miles of trail and offers recreational and volunteer work events throughout the region.

We work in cooperation with the US Forest Service, State Forest Service, SWFWMD, DEP, and other land managers to keep the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Western Corridor, and designated side trails open for recreational use.

We sponsor many events on non FTA designated land tracts, trail systems and waterways.


Certain risks are inherent in any Florida Trail Association, Inc (the "Association") activity. Each Association member, guest, or non-member participant agrees to accept personal responsibility for his or her safety, and the safety of minors accompanying such persons.

The Association cannot ensure the safety of any participants on hikes or activities. In participating in Association activities, each such person agrees to hold harmless and free from blame the Activity Leader(s) and the Association, its officers, directors, and members, for any accident, injury, or illness which might be sustained from participating in hikes or other Association activities. Neither the Association, Activity Leaders, nor land managers are in any way liable for any injury or illness I might sustain from participating in an Association activity.

By joining the Suncoast Chapter Meetup Group you are agreeing to the assumption of risk as stated above.


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Upcoming events (2)

Black Friday Day Hike!

Hillsborough River State Park

Hello! Time to open up our calendar again! As in the past two years, this hike will have a 4 mile loop option, as well as an 11 mile loop option. The 4 mile option will be the beautiful, shaded Seminole and Baynard Trails. For those interested, we will continue on into Dead River Park and do the 7+ mile loop returning to the HRSP parking area... More details to follow. Normal day use fees apply. $6.00 per vehicle 2-6 occupants / $4.00 single occupant / online payment may be available. https://www.floridastateparks.org/learn/park-admission-online-payment Last September 2019 Suncoast did a major trail cleanup on the Seminole Trail. Let's plan on that again in honor of National Public Lands Day, Sept 26. We will scout it out beforehand,and coordinate with park staff. Lenny

Florida Trail Association Suncoast Chapter Annual Christmas Party

Withlacoochee River County Park

HO! HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS! Please come celebrate the Christmas Season with us on December 12, 2020 at the FTA SUNCOAST CHAPTER ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY ! 🎄 ALL ARE WELCOME to join in the holiday fun and festivity! 🎅 Thank you Cathy Muckler for securing the pavilion and no cost camping arrangement for us.😁 GROUP TENT CAMPING! available Friday Dec 11 and Saturday Dec 12 in the Boy Scout group sites A & B. The entrance to the camp site is on Auton Rd. 0.6 mile past the main entrance to the park on the left. Restrooms in walking distance. Come one, come all.... plenty of camping spots! This is a walk in site. You park your car outside the gate and carry your gear in. Please take that into account when planning what gear to bring. Cabins and walk in primitive camping are also available. Please contact park to reserve on your own. Hikes start from the pavilion..... or just hang around and get to know one another! 3 mile or so hike 9:30 am on the FTA maintained trail along the beautiful Withlacoochee River. Hike leader CHARLES EDWARDS. It is a very nice walk along the With..... Another easy hike begins at 9:30 am, on the interior county park trails be led by Lenny. 3.5 /4 miles or so.... It's OK to wear your Holiday antlers on this hike!!! no hunters!!! Lunch and festivities start at 12:30 pm ( or so)🦌🦌 Hot dogs/brats/ will be served. PLEASE BRING A SIDE DISH FOR THE POT LUCK.... We will be asking for a $3.00 per person donation to cover food and misc costs. ... donations in excess of food costs go towards equipment and trail maintenance funds... Beautiful handcrafted table center pieces will be our give away prizes raffle prizes. Sunday morning pot-luck breakfast for everyone that wants to join in. Please bring a breakfast food item to share or a FTA donation. Pasco County has eliminated the $2.00 day use fee at all county parks.

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