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Weekends: Florida Trail, Blackwater River State Forest, Florida

Follow Panther Creek through nature's zoo on General Andrew Jackson's Red Ground Trail and the Florida Trail.

Jacksonville: Suwanne River Trail

Hike easy on a rolling 4.5-mile loop through bluffs and ravines to an oak hammock above this gorgeous riverway in northern Florida.

Tampa: Croom A-Loop Trail

Discover central Florida’s hidden pocket of dry, undulating forest on this 8-mile loop through longleaf pine hills, wet prairie, and an abandoned lead mine.

Tallahassee: Stoney Bayou

This 7.7-miler in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge swings through salt marshes and forested swamps with birds, butterflies, and an occasional gator.

Tallahassee: Miccosukee Greenway Loop

Hike through shady sweet-gum forest and rolling grasslands on this 6.5-miler along the premier canopy road of the Red Hills region.

Tallahassee, FL: Marsh Islands Trail to Sandhill Trail

This lightly traveled 9.5-mile trail strings together sawgrass marshlands, sandhill flats, and thick forests on its way to sweeping views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Tallahassee, FL: Leon Sinks Loop

Spend a laid-back afternoon in a unique geologic area chock full of swamps and sinkholes on a fascinating 4.4-mile loop in Apalachicola National Forest.

Tallahassee: Lake Overstreet Loop

This double loop takes you 5.4 miles past old homesites to the abundant native vegetation on the undeveloped shores of Lake Overstreet.

Jacksonville, FL: Fort Clinch Loop

Massive sand dunes, scenic side trips, and a historic fort highlight this mellow 5.3-mile loop on Florida’s northernmost barrier island.

Tallahassee: Big Shoals Loop

Pick one or both of these short, scenic loops to see limestone bluffs, cypress and palmetto forests, and maybe a gator in the marshes of the Suwannee.

Tallahassee: Wakulla River Loop

This figure-eight loop connects 9.6 miles of pristine forest and wooded marshes in Wakulla Springs State Park.

Orlando, FL: Lake Kissimmee State Park

Go wildlife-spotting along the edges of Central Florida’s prairie.

Everglades National Park: Snake Bight and Rowdy Bends Trails

Hike among flamingos, tropical trees, and salt breezes on this 7.6-mile loop.

Everglades National Park: Ten Thousand Islands

Dolphins, ospreys, and beaches highlight this 3-day coastal meander.

Everglades National Park: North Nest Key

Enjoy Caribbean-quality water and beach camping on an open sea weekend adventure.

Tallahassee, FL: River Bluff Trail Loop

Rolling up and down 150-foot bluffs along the Apalachicola River, this 6.1-mile loop offers a uniquely hilly Florida hiking experience.

Ocala, FL: Juniper Prairie Wilderness

Explore log bridges, pine forest, and white sand dunes in one of Florida’s most pristine wetlands.

Tallahassee, FL: Stoney Bayou Pools

This pan-flat, 7.6-miler in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge swings through salt marshes and forested swamps fraught with birds, butterflies, and the occasional gator.

Ocala, FL: Marshall Swamp

Take a walk on the Florida Trail’s wild side over this 5.6-mile out-and-back through lush riverine habitat.

Everglades National Park: Ten Thousand Islands Loop

Paddle to pocket beaches, tiny Gulf islands and wide inland channels on this 50-mile loop.

Everglades National Park: Ten Thousand Islands

Explore liquid horizons, crushed-shell beaches, and islands hedged with thick mangroves on this three-day tour in the Gulf of Mexico.

Orlando, FL: Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Scale a giant treehouse, explore an abandoned mine, and skirt a towering fortress on this 1.6-mile loop in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Florida Trail: Turkey Run

What Florida lacks in relief, it makes up for in biodiversity. Take this 8.8-mile out-and-back on the 1,400-mile point-to-panhandle trail to hear Red-Cockaded woodpeckers thumping pines, see carnivorous Pitcher plants growing densely, and maybe run into Florida black bears roaming the underbrush.

Orlando's Best Local Hikes
Florida Trips

Orlando’s Best Local Hikes

By: Valerie Buccio and Katie Campisi

There's plenty of wilderness to be found after work, in a day, or for a weekend on Orlando's top close-to-home trails.

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Florida

Jacksonville: Suwanne River Trail

Hike easy on a rolling 4.5-mile loop through bluffs and ravines to an oak hammock above this gorgeous riverway in northern Florida.

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Florida

Tampa: Croom A-Loop Trail

Discover central Florida’s hidden pocket of dry, undulating forest on this 8-mile loop through longleaf pine hills, wet prairie, and an abandoned lead mine.

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Florida Tallahassee

Tallahassee: Stoney Bayou

This 7.7-miler in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge swings through salt marshes and forested swamps with birds, butterflies, and an occasional gator.

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