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Florida



Trail Mix: East

Perfect Days, Bring Your: Sweet Tooth and Hear This Now.

Trail Mix: South

Experience the best the south has to offer: a shoreline hike in Florida, stargazing in North Carolina, and spelunking in Kentucky.

Multisport Playgrounds

Going by foot is only one way to see what’s best in the South. Bring your climbing gear, fins, or mountain bike to find the rest.

One Night Wonders: Ocean Lovers, Peanut Island Park

Snorkel among manatees.

The Great Best Views Debate

In our September 2013 issue we polled our experts on their favorite views in the U.S. What are your favorite views in each state?

Local Hikes in the East — March 2013

Tromp through a Florida cypress swamp, find solitude on a Catskills peak, look for rare Carolina blooms, plus 9 more.

Rip & Go: Florida Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve, FL

Traverse a primeval landscape of cypress swamp, hardwood hammocks, and pinelands.

Local Hikes in the East

Kentucky's Land Between The Lakes, see a South Carolina swamp (without the bugs), hike through four states in one huge day, and more.

BACKPACKER Trail Scouts' Top Eastern Local Hikes

Check out the River Trail in South Carolina, the Florida Trail, or a loop in Mississippi and Virginia.

Killer Trips: Terrain

Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.

Local Hikes

Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook: Hike 30 Miles in a Day

See a week's worth of terrain on an epic dawn-to-dusk hike.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook

Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.

Readers' Choice 2012: Your Neck of the Woods - Southeast Hikes

See Shenandoah's tallest waterfall, traverse secluded ridgelines, score cliff-top panoramas, swim beneath falls, and walk through wildflowers and oak stands on the Florida Trail.

Local Hikes: Southeast

Hike these long trails in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, and paddle three days in the Everglades backcountry.

Right Place, Perfect Time

See Yosemite's river of ice, witness there-and-gone meteor showers in Hawaii, and mark your calendar for eight more fleeting natural wonders.

Right Place, Perfect Time: Monarch Butterfly Migration

See these colorful flutters fuel up for the long flight to Mexico.

Trip Finder: Southeast

Your favorite Southeast trips—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.

Our Backyard: Everglades National Park

Paddle to a beach-camping paradise in the Everglades.

Local Hikes: Tallahassee, FL

The best hikes near Tallahassee, FL.

Local Hikes: Southeast

The best local hikes in the southeast, as chosen by the area's best hiking clubs.

Natural Wonders: The Southeast's Living-Dead Plant

See ferns that play dead, then dramatically come back to life.

Natural Wonders: Florida's Sea Turtle Capital

Witness the birthing of a species that shared the seas with dinosaurs.

Natural Wonders: America's Deepest Lake

Gaze into a 2,000-foot-deep tub of snowmelt.

Natural Wonders: World's Tallest Geyser, North America's Smallest Bird and Best Shade Tree

Discover the world's tallest geyser, North America's smallest bird, and the country's best shade tree on these three treks.

Zones: 6 Topographies, 18 Amazing Trips

Whether you're looking for Coastal, Canyon, Peak, Forest, or Urban hikes, we have those. Plus some paddling (Water) trips for good measure.

Zones: Urban

Check out these city hikes in Walt Disney World, Las Vegas, and Manhattan.

Water: Ten Thousand Islands Loop, FL

See the Everglades by boat on this 23 mile trip.

Urban: Walt Disney World, FL

Hike Disney's Magic Kingdom with the family.

Southeast Readers' Choice Hikes

Colossal trees, sweet swimming holes, and the USA's best picnic spot.

Readers' Choice Southeast Hikes: Ramsey Cascades, Great Smokies, TN

See big water, massive trees, and tiny amphibians.

Readers' Choice Southeast Hikes: Mt. Rogers NRA, VA

Celebrate the arrival of summer with an unrivaled circus of color.

Readers' Choice Southeast Hikes: Max Patch Bald, NC

Have a picnic on one of the Southeast's biggest balds.

Readers' Choice Southeast Hikes: Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald, TN

Bag four scenic peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Readers' Choice Southeast Hikes: Thru-hike the Florida Trail

See wild, historic surprises in the Sunshine State.

Readers' Choice Southeast Hikes: Raven Ridge - Blackbird Knob Loop
Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV

See a Great White North south of the Mason-Dixon.

Rip & Go: 10,000 Islands Loop - Everglades National Park, FL

Kayak to pocket beaches and Gulf islands at Florida's southern tip.

Undiscovered Hikes: 19 New Trails

Hike these paths before the masses find them.

Natural Wonders: Tallest Hoodoo, Largest Gators, Lost Maples

These three treks to life-list phenomena will take you to Bryce Canyon, Florida gator land, and fall foliage in the Texas desert.

Three Trips to Natural Wonders

Discover the world's oldest tree, America's biggest cavern, and Florida's largest herd of wild horses on these three treks.

SOUTH
Special Survey: Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid

Accessible national forests like the George Washington and Jefferson surround national park gems like Great Smoky and Shenandoah in a southern terrain that varies dramatically from Florida's Everglades to West Virginia's wilderness.

Hikes and Trips in all 50 States

Use our comprehensive state-specific pages to find hikes in your home state our a state you're planning on visiting.

Ten Epic Hikes

Paddling, hiking, testing self arrest skills–we cover it all in these 10 epic trips throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Hiking Hip Deep in Florida's Swamps

Get your feet (and more) wet on the Florida Trail's best section.

Time 2 Go: See Newborn Animals

Looking to catch baby animals taking their first step? You can't go wrong with these picks.

The Impact of Climate Change on Florida's Everglades, Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias

What do Florida's Everglades and Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias have in common? Both face uncertain futures as temperatures rise.

Trip Finder: 2-4 Day Warm-Weather Hikes

Track the sun on these 2-4 day trips in the Southeast, Southwest, and Hawaii

Time 2 Go See Wild Horses

From Florida to Wyoming, track wild horses for four hours or 10 days.

Where Can I Find the Warmest Winter Campsite?

Florida's Everglades National Park has a December high of almost 78°.

Paddling's Greatest Getaways

16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.

Ultimate Summer Escapes: The Best Dayhikes and Backpacking Trips Near You

Coming soon to your city: far-out adventures that are shockingly close to home.

The Works: Paddling Florida's Wilderness Waterway

Learn everything you'll ever need to know about swamps while canoeing the Everglades.

High Points: Britton Hill, Florida

A humble high point in a low-lying state

Paddle Florida's Wilderness Waterway

Canoe the wildlife-filled waters of Everglades National Park

Backpack the Florida Trail's Alaqua Section

Clear-running creeks, longleaf pines and wildlife in Florida's outback

Guana River State Park

Who wouldn't want to be marooned on this Florida barrier island?

Hike Florida's Prairie On The Myakka Trail

Hike the Myakka Trail for a glimpse of the Sunshine State's wild and grassy past.

Best Backpacking In Florida

Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Florida.

Hiking The Eastern Continental Trail

Say hello to North America's newest long trail.

Florida's Big Cypress: Wade This Way

In Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, you'll walk on water -- almost.

Florida's Oklawaha River

Take a lazy cruise through exotic scenery, where monkeys swing and eagles soar.

Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve

In Big Cypress' land of exotic plants and lurking alligators, swamps aren't such bad places after all.

Big Cypress: Woodpeckers And Old Growth

Consider trying to spot a red-cockaded wood-pecker in Florida's Big Cypress Preserve a form of treasure hunting.

Snowbirds Of Okefenokee Swamp

The Purple Trail through Chase Prairie or the Green or Red Trails through Floyd's Prairie are good routes for viewing Sandhill cranes.

Twelve Toughest Trails

Twelve trails that'll chew you up, spit you out, and have you begging for more.

Everglades: Hike Florida's River Of Grass

You don't need a canoe to reach some of the Everglades' best beachfront campsites.

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