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+)

Kayak to Bottle Creek Indian Mounds (Alabama)

Stagecoach Cafe

Meet at Stage Coach Cafe prior to caravanning to Rice Creek Landing for the actual launch. The kayak trip is approximately 10 miles roundtrip. There will be very few places to get out of the kayak on this trip. The banks are steep and slippery at the Indian mounds. You'll need to bring your own kayak, paddle, lifevest/PFD, and whistle. Dress appropriately for kayaking (and potentially getting wet). You may want to wear a hat and water shoes and bring sunscreen, a towel, water and snacks in a dry bag. IMPORTANT: You'll need to also bring a line AT LEAST 15' long to tie your kayak. Richard will be leading us on this kayaking trip.

Wake Up Walk With Friends! Start the Week off Right!

Bagdad Mill Site Park

This morning we will be walking through Bagdad's newest park and by the river and through historic Bagdad, FL.

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.

National Trails Day! Hike from Bear Lake to Kruel Recreation Area and Back!

This is National Trails Day so try to come out and hike with me! This is an easy walk over part dirt and part boardwalk and back, about 2 miles. Bring lots of water and afterwards we can eat a picnic lunch under the shade of trees at Bear Lake. Or afterwards you can drive back over to Kruel and go for a swim! Peggy[masked]

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