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 ( http://www.floridatrail.org /crew-leader-corner/). Check your email right before you leave home in case there are changes or cancellation.

Wake Up Walk with Peggy. Join us for fresh air, friends, fun and food!

We will be walking through the new Bagdad Mill Site Park in Bagdad, FL and down to the Bay through historic Bagdad. Afterwards there are two great choices for breakfast we can decide on.

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 ( http://www.floridatrail.org /crew-leader-corner/). Check your email right before you leave home in case there are changes or cancellation.

Hike Naval Live Oaks - North Side - Gulf Breeze, FL

Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

This will be a 4.5-5-mile hike in Naval Live Oaks, on the north side of US 98. We'll be hiking the Andrew Jackson, Old Borrow Pit, Brown's Pond and Beaver Pond trails. This part of the park is right on Butcherpen Cove in Pensacola Bay. Wear weather-appropriate clothes, comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. NOTE: The entire trail is loose sand. Afterwards, feel free to join us at Taco Rock (911 Gulf Breeze Parkway) in Gulf Breeze for lunch.

Past events (1,265)

2nd Saturday Work Hike

Blackwater Forestry Center

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