Florida, located in the southeastern U.S., is a peninsula consisting of four main regions: the Gulf Coast/Atlantic Ocean coastal plants, the upland of the north and northwest, the Everglades in the south, and the Florida Keys that extend off the southern point of the state. While it may not have the mountains and deserts of other outdoor hotspots, hiking in Florida is still a fascinating experience.
Florida is home to Everglades National Park, which sits at the southern tip of the peninsula, a subtropical wilderness comprised of mangroves and swamps. Boaters and hikers can explore the park's interior by canoe or kayak, or venture into its heart on one of the few trails that dip in.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking in Florida.
Beat the crowds by braving the wet.
Paddle through a blackwater swamp and see A-list wildlife in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. BY KATHY KYLE
Garden Key, Dry Tortugas NP, FL
Follow Panther Creek through nature's zoo on General Andrew Jackson's Red Ground Trail and the Florida 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.