Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle Guide Book

by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)
Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle  by M. Timothy O'Keefe

224pp/map/photos
ISBN: 9780762743537

Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle describes thirty of the area's finest hikes that highlight some of the best natural areas in the region, many on trails that are not shared with cyclists, skateboarders or horses. The user-friendly guide features ten short family walks, including a trip to Falling Waters State Park (the site of Florida's highest waterfall); eleven day hikes to such places as Big Shoals State Park and Lake Eaton Sinkhole; and nine backpacking adventures that include portions of the 1,400-mile Florida Trail. It provides all the information you need to make the most of exploring North Florida and the Panhandle by foot.

© 2009 M Timothy Oand39;Keefe/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 25.
... Preview: This hike traverses diverse habitat that includes pine flatwoods and cypress swamps. Near the beginning of the western end, between Memery Island and State Road 12, the trail passes through a remarkab ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Bristol, FL - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 35
... Preview: The major characteristic of this unusual park is the huge natural depression arranged in two long fingers that run west to east. Called a steephead ravine, it covers more than eighty acres and ranges ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Palatka, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Believe it or not, Florida has quite a few sets of rapids, though some are little more than a few swirls of water. On this stretch of the Suwannee River, you’ll walk to Big Shoals, Florida’s longest a ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
White Springs, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: The 2,228-acre Grayton Beach State Park is a relatively small park, yet its nature trail winding among huge sand dunes, pine flatwoods, and scrub communities is both scenic and instructive. The walk ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Santa Rosa Beach, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Just a few miles from busy Interstate 10 is Florida’s highest waterfall. The main feature of this 171-acre park is just one of several short walks that reveal Florida’s topography and how it was forme ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Chipley, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Although just a few miles outside of Jacksonville, the 20,885-acre Jennings State Forest is a surprisingly rich landscape with many different types of plants and animals. Several rare plants such as B ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Orange Park, FL - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: In notoriously flat Florida, the 6,294-acre Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve contains one of Florida’s rare steephead ravines. Steephead ravines are steep, straightsided narrow valleys that us ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Bristol, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.75
... Preview: Comprising 189,898 acres, Blackwater River is the largest of Florida’s three state forests. This forest is one of the most scenic but least known parts of Florida, and its hilly terrain and red soil a ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Munson, FL - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 21.2
... Preview: The 360,000-acre Ocala National Forest was the first designated national forest east of the Mississippi River. The Big Scrub, as it is affectionately known, is the world’s largest stand of sand pine s ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Silver Springs, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: Because so much of the Jacksonville area was developed early in the state’s history, there isn’t much protected land remaining. An exception is 2,500-acre Little Talbot Island State Park, with 5 miles ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Jacksonville, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: This 2,241-acre park is one of Florida’s great water parks. Nine named springs known as the Ichetucknee group combine to create the incredibly clear Ichetucknee River. The river, fed by about 233 mi ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Fort White, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
... Preview: Located on the Gulf of Mexico, an area as rich in natural resources as St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge had to be appealing to Florida’s earliest inhabitants. It was. Evidence indicates this area wa ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Newport, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.21
... Preview: At 2,288 acres, Welaka State Forest is modest in size compared to nearby Ocala National Forest (360,000 acres), but the terrain and history here are of considerable interest. Located on the east bank ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Welaka, FL - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: This 63-acre park has the most interesting name of any of Florida’s state parks. The site of a huge dry sinkhole—120 feet deep and 500 feet across—the millhopper obtained its name because of its funne ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Gainesville, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.75
... Preview: The observation tower at the end offers a view of the vast prairie. Paynes Prairie is just as it looked centuries ago. This walk traverses both mixed forest and prairie habitat. About midway, however, ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Silver Springs, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: A section of the Florida Trail winds through the 194,803-acre Osceola National Forest and ends at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, site of Florida’s largest Civil War battle. Osceola National ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Lake City, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 20.6
... Preview: Gulf Islands National Seashore marks the westernmost point of the Florida National Scenic Trail, at Fort Pickens. As part of the Florida Trail, the national seashore offers the only oceanside beach wa ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Pensacola Beach, FL - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 14.8
... Preview: These two remarkable walks offer a good look at the Woodville Karst Plain that extends from Tallahassee to the Gulf of Mexico. The term “karst” refers to a limestone terrain that has been shaped and c ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Tallahassee, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is divided into two districts: the Southern Visitor Center and the North Rim Interpretive Center. This first set of hikes starts at the southern end, the main facili ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Micanopy, FL - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.25
... Preview: This 6,900-acre preserve just north of Gainesville is considered almost hallowed ground because it contains one of Florida’s few remaining mature forests, including several champion trees. Its eight ... From the guidebook "Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle"
Gainesville, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8