What we're about

Welcome to our Meetup Group

for hikers in Florida's central panhandle!

The purpose of this meetup group is to introduce you to the Florida Trail and the Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA), and to encourage you to become an FTA member.

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Please consider becoming a member of the Florida Trail Association!

(Note that meetup membership is not the same as FTA membership!)

Membership in the FTA requires a small annual fee, but entitles you to many benefits: the FTA newsletter called the Footprint, the monthly Chapter newsletter called Panhandle News, access to our "members-only" activities, and discounted trainings such as First Aid, GPS, and chainsaw training and certification. But most important, FTA membership is your opportunity to support the goals and ideals of the Florida Trail Association.

To become a member of the FTA, talk to a friendly Chapter member at one of our meetings. Or you can go to the FTA website, www.floridatrail.org (http://www.floridatrail.org/) . From there, click on JOIN!

The Chapter is responsible for maintaining the part of the Florida National Scenic Trail from Blountstown, FL along the Econfina Creek to Pine Log State Forest. The FTA Panhandle Chapter welcomes members from Bay, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Gulf, and Calhoun Counties.

The Panhandle Chapter hosts monthly meetings featuring nature programs and plans several outdoor activities each month of interest to all ages.

Our Chapter meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. We meet at the Science & Discovery Center of NW Florida located at 308 Airport Rd, Panama City, FL 32405.

Upcoming events (5+)

Volunteer Work Party-Aloha Trail

Altha Trailhead

Join us as we perform maintenance on our Altha Trail. We are getting ready for our upcoming Regional Conference in November and we will start along the Chipola River. Mowing, general maintenance and sawing will be the days schedule. All PPE and equipment will be provided. Bring water and food. Dress accordingly to trail and weather conditions. Boots, pants and long sleeves are required to run equipment.

Chapter Business Meeting

Needs a location

Our leadership team meets monthly to discuss the business of the chapter and welcomes any FTA member to join us. We meet by conference call with a face to face meeting once a quarter. If you would like to attend, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck for conference call information or for a schedule of our quarterly face to face meetings. We're always looking for more folks to step up and help out with various positions in the chapter. We have several committee chair positions vacant, like public relations and newsletter. If you would like to offer a few hours of your time to help support the chapter, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck today! Thank you! Your Leadership Team Chair: Darryl Updegrove Vice Chair: Jennifer Larck Treasurer: Bryan Durta Secretary: Evan Updegrove Director: Charissa Thacker

Panhandle Watermelon Festival Parade

chipley fairgrounds

Ride in the watermelon festival parade with the FTA panhandle chapter. A couple people can ride in our vehicle and a few more on the trailer. Wear your orange chapter T-shirt or other FTA apparel. Carpool, meeting sites to be determined.

Chapter Business Meeting

Needs a location

Our leadership team meets monthly to discuss the business of the chapter and welcomes any FTA member to join us. We meet by conference call with a face to face meeting once a quarter. If you would like to attend, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck for conference call information or for a schedule of our quarterly face to face meetings. We're always looking for more folks to step up and help out with various positions in the chapter. We have several committee chair positions vacant, like public relations and newsletter. If you would like to offer a few hours of your time to help support the chapter, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck today! Thank you! Your Leadership Team Chair: Darryl Updegrove Vice Chair: Jennifer Larck Treasurer: Bryan Durta Secretary: Evan Updegrove Director: Charissa Thacker

Past events (597)

St Andrews State Park at Sunset

St Andrews State Park

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