February is Florida Hiking Trails Month.
To celebrate, challenge yourself to complete 10 or more of these activities.
- Find trails using the Florida Online Trail Guide.
- Hike on a trail in a city park.
- Hike on a trail in a Florida state park.
- Hike with someone you know who hasn’t hiked before.
- Hike with family or friends.
- Attend a guided hike.
- Need help finding one? Check the Events page.
- Hike on a paved trail.
- Hike on a natural surface trail.
- Hike on a trail that passes or circles a lake or pond.
- Take the Next Step: Bring a small white cup and a magnifying glass to look for living organisms in the lake/pond water.
- Take a hike on a multi-use trail. Count how many hikers, bikers and equestrian users you see on the trail.
- Wake up early and go on a sunrise hike.
- Hike on a trail you haven’t visited before. Take steps to explore safely by downloading maps, bringing a phone and letting people know where you are.
- Take a sensory hike: Identify five different textures and five different sounds along the trail.
- Take a hike of any length at least once a week this month.
- Take the Next Step: Hike a longer distance each time you go hiking this month.
- Find a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail near you to day hike.
- Go hiking with your pet.
- Organize a group hike with people from your workplace, classroom, club or neighborhood.
Food while Hiking
- Make your own trail mix for a hike.
- Pack a healthy picnic and enjoy lunch on the trail. Be sure to practice Leave No Trace!
Wildlife Watching, Birding and Photography
- Find evidence of wildlife on a hike: a nest, tracks, scat, etc.
- Identify three different kinds of trees on a hike.
- Take the Next Step: Use fallen leaves from each tree to make leaf rubbings with crayons and paper.
- Take photos or sketch five different birds on a hike.
- Take the Next Step: Identify birds using an app, the internet or a field guide.
- Participate in a trail cleanup event near you.