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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.

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 e-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 the Apalachicola River near Blountstown, FL; the Altha Trail near Altha, FL; along the Econfina Creek between Scott Road and Hwy 20; and the FNST through Pine Log State Forest to the Choctawhatchee River. The Panhandle Chapter of the FTA 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 typically meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. We currently meet at the Amavida Coffee shop located at 2997 W 10th St, Panama City, FL 32401.

Upcoming events (2)

Trail Maintenance - Walsingham Bridge Road

Florida Trail - Hwy 20 Trailhead

Under the new COVID-19 procedures, we will be performing a work party of no more than 5 individuals total, clearing trail along the Econfina Creek, working south from Walsingham Bridge Road towards the campsites. We will be using brushcutters, mower, saws and clippers. If interested in attending bring long pants, long sleeve shirts, mask, gloves, and anti-bacterial hand cleanser as well as closed toe shoes. Also, need to bring drinks, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. This will be a moderate to strenuous activity based on trail condition and weather. We will not carpool, but will caravan/convoy from the Rte 20 trailhead, to the Walsingham Bridge Road trailhead which is traveling on rutted dirt/clay roads. Please meet at 8:45 AM, we will depart no later than 9:00 AM. We will have you done with work and off the trail no later than 1:00 PM. If you have any questions please email in advance.

Trail Maintenance - Econfina Section Rte 20 Trailhead and North

Florida Trail - Hwy 20 Trailhead

Under the new COVID-19 procedures, we will be performing a work party of no more than 5 individuals total, clearing trail from Rte 20 north as far as we can get. We will be using primarily mower, and clippers. If interested in attending bring long pants, long sleeve shirts, mask, gloves, and anti-bacterial hand cleanser as well as closed toe shoes. Also, need to bring drinks, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. This will be a moderate to strenuous activity based on trail condition and weather. We will not carpool, but will meet at 8:45 AM at the Rte 20 Trailhead, where work will begin no later than 9:00 AM. We will have you done with work and off the trail no later than 1:00 PM. If you have any questions please email in advance.

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Trail Maintenance - Walsingham Bridge Road

Florida Trail - Hwy 20 Trailhead

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