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 (5)

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://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf ) and the new COVID-19 JHA at https://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf. Check your email right before you leave home in case there are changes 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 Blackwater State Forest

Blackwater Forestry Center

Western Gate Chapter volunteers will be working on selected Blackwater trails in Blackwater River State Forest. This event is open to all, whether a member of the Florida Trail Association or not. 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. 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. Work gloves, along with other safety gear, will be provided, or you can bring your own if desired. Tools will be provided. All volunteers should read the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) for Trail Maintenance on the FTA web site (https://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf ) and the new COVID-19 JHA at https://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf. 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. We work, but we also have fun

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://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf ) and the new COVID-19 JHA at https://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf. Check your email right before you leave home in case there are changes 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 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://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FTA-2018-JHA.pdf ) and the new COVID-19 JHA at https://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/JHA-COVID-19-FNST-Executed-30June2020.pdf. Check your email right before you leave home in case there are changes 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.

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Trail Work on the Florida Trail

North parking lot at Deaton Bridge

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