Although Florida is renowned worldwide for the beautiful beaches dotting its 825 miles of coastline, the Sunshine State is also home to an array of hiking trails for beginners and veterans alike.
Notable amongst the best Florida hiking trails, is a designated national treasure known as The Florida National Scenic Trail (or simply The Florida Trail). This 1,300 mile long hiking trail runs from Big Cypress National Preserve in the south all the way to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the Florida’s panhandle region. The Florida Trail is delightful for multi-day backpacking trips as there's a lot of natural beauty to see and plenty of things to do. The Ocala National Forest section, for example, is a sand scrub landscape that is home to an abundance of wildlife such as black bears, tortoise and deer gophers. This beautiful trail runs through cypress and gum swamps to give you a view of surrounding hills and pine forests.
Other Hiking Trails in Florida worth exploring are:
Torreya State Park
Running 200 feet above the Apalachicola River, the Torreya State Park offers Hiking veterans two challenging trails - The Torreya Challenge Loop that runs for seven miles and the six-mile long Rock Creek Loop.
Little Talbot Island State Park
If you're an avid wildlife viewer, you'll love this trail. The terrain and unique ecological diversity of Little Talbot Island will hold you spellbound. Another trail that is big on plant and animal diversity is the Little Manatee River State Park. And for birding, you should try the Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail which also has an abundance of alligators and Ospreys.
Withlacoochee State Forest
Perfect for camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding and depending on the season, fishing and hunting.
Bulow Woods Trail
This seven-mile long trail connects Bulow Creek State Park to the ruins of Bulow Plantation. A unique feature of this trail is the 400-year old Fairchild Oak.
You cannot go wrong with any of the hiking trails that were mentioned above. If you can make it out to any of these trails, you will experience some of the best Florida hiking trails.
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