~Celebrate Hiking in February~



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott proclaimed February as Florida Hiking Trails Month to promote healthy lifestyles and recognize the economic benefits trails bring to the state. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service invites Floridians and visitors to enjoy a hike along the state’s extensive, nationally recognized trail system this month and throughout the year.

“February is the perfect time to take advantage of the scenic beauty offered by our state’s outstanding system of trails,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “Florida’s network includes a combined total of more than 7,000 miles of multi-use and hiking trails and provides access to natural and cultural resources.”

Florida Hiking Trails Month emphasizes fun and fitness along scenic and diverse trails from urban trails in the midst of cityscapes to wilderness trails winding through Florida’s award-winning state parks. Florida’s vast network of trails includes more than 2,500 miles of dedicated hiking trails on public lands and more than 4,500 miles of multi-use trails across the state.

For ideas in planning your own hiking trips, explore the online Trail Guide composed by DEP’s Office of Greenway and Trails or find a trail in one of Florida’s award-winning state parks.

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