Hike for Your Health

Florida Hiking Trails Month & American Heart Health Month

February is Florida Hiking Trails Month and American Heart Health Month.

To celebrate, take a heart-healthy hike with your sweetheart to explore the trails found throughout the Sunshine State.

Many families enjoy outdoor recreation on trails and realize the benefits of building strong bonds and making happy memories of time spent together. You can find trails in Florida’s state parks or on a statewide list from DEP's Office of Greenways and Trails Online Trail Guide.

The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends staying physically active. Trails provide safe, clean open spaces where families can exercise, relieve stress and enjoy fresh air. The network of hiking trails in Florida provide opportunities for a variety of activities for the whole family, including walking, running or pushing a stroller.

For an extra-special Valentine’s Day, take a hike with your sweetheart for both your hearts. You’ll find health benefits for outdoor recreation that include lower blood pressure, improved fitness and mood, and more.

Hike for Your Health Challenge

Hikers are invited to complete a virtual 5K to celebrate Hiking Trails Month. Just walk a 5K or 3.1 miles on any given day in February.

Register to tell us when you completed the 5K and which trail you enjoyed. You will receive cool race gear for your photos on social media. You’ll also be able to download a virtual race bib, photo frame and background for your virtual meetings.

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