What we're about

We are the western most chapter of the Florida Trail Association (http://www.floridatrail.org) and work and play on the trails in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Our purpose is to improve and preserve the trails in Florida and to have fun hiking and other out door activities. We hope that you will decide to become a card carrying FTA member after you experience a few of our activities. If you care deeply about the enviroment and the trails across Florida becoming a FTA member will help keep the Florida Trail for future generations to enjoy.

Upcoming events (4+)

Saturday Work Hike

Blackwater Forestry Center

The Western Gate Chapter maintains the Blackwater side trail of the Florida Trail in Blackwater River State Forest or State Park on one or more Saturdays each month. This event is open to all, whether a member of the Florida Trail Association or not. No experience is necessary.

Bring water and snacks in a small back pack. Bring work gloves if you have them and a willing attitude. Tools will be provided. Sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots, shoes or other close-toed shoes are recommended. Come out to enjoy working in the beauty of the woods with other FTA members who are knowledgeable and would like to share the experience with you.
If you are not a member of the Florida Trail Association, but would like to join, visit floridatrail.org and click on Get Involved.

ALSO: All volunteers should read the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for Trail Maintenance on the FTA web site
(https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf) and the new COVID-19 JHA at https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf.

Check your email right before you leave home in case there is a change or cancellation. If you RSVP "Yes" and can't make it for any reason, please change to "No".

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Let’s take a walk in the forest!

Bear Lake Recreation Area

Let’s meet at Bear Lake. We will start walking at 9 am sharp. Heading for Keyes Recreation lake. It’s about one to three miles there and back! Part of the walk is on a dirt trail. And the second half is boardwalk. Over a neat bridge and past a old grist mill to a neat pond. When you return if you still want to walk more you can take the trail around BeR lake. For three more miles. Meet me at picnic table and bring your lunch. Peggy. [masked]

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Trail Work on the Florida Trail

North parking lot at Deaton Bridge

Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association regularly schedules trail work on the Florida National Scenic Trail and Florida Trail in Escambia and Santa Rosa County, FL. each Thursday. Anyone who enjoys working outdoors is invited to participate. No experience is necessary and volunteers will only be asked to do tasks they are comfortable with. You should wear sturdy work clothes and boots/shoes. Work gloves, along with other safety gear, will be provided, or you can bring your own if desired. You should also bring plenty of water, snacks if desired, and other items appropriate for the day and season, including sun screen, insect repellant, and rain gear. Tools will be provided. All volunteers should read the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for Trail Maintenance on the FTA web site (https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf).

Check your email right before you leave home in case there is a change or cancellation. If you RSVP "Yes" and can't make it for any reason, please change your RSVP to "No" or leave a comment on this page.

Trail Work on the Florida Trail

North parking lot at Deaton Bridge

Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association regularly schedules trail work on the Florida National Scenic Trail and Florida Trail in Escambia and Santa Rosa County, FL. each Thursday. Anyone who enjoys working outdoors is invited to participate. No experience is necessary and volunteers will only be asked to do tasks they are comfortable with. You should wear sturdy work clothes and boots/shoes. Work gloves, along with other safety gear, will be provided, or you can bring your own if desired. You should also bring plenty of water, snacks if desired, and other items appropriate for the day and season, including sun screen, insect repellent, and rain gear. Tools will be provided. All volunteers should read the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for Trail Maintenance on the FTA web site (https://floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf).

Check your email right before you leave home in case there is a change or cancellation. If you RSVP "Yes" and can't make it for any reason, please change your RSVP to "No" or leave a comment on this page.

If you are not a member of the Florida Trail Association, but would like to join, visit floridatrail.org and click on "Get Involved".

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Trail Work on the Florida Trail

North parking lot at Deaton Bridge

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