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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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