Florida National Scenic Trail Northern Terminus

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Quick Facts
Fort Pickens Area

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The Florida National Scenic Trail , or just Florida Trail, is a federally-designated trail intended to offer a continuous non-motorized recreation opportunity showcasing the biodiversity, history, and culture of Florida.

Its northern terminus lies here on the white sands of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Follow it south for over 1,300 miles and you'll eventually find its southern terminus in the river of grass in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Across the United States there are only 11 National Scenic Trails. The Florida Trails offers an exclusive Florida experience including the only segment of a National Scenic Trail that follows an ocean beach right here at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

The Authentic Florida Experience
Florida is home to many unique environments, some of which are not seen anywhere else in the world. This gives trail users prime access to some of the best nature and wildlife viewing opportunities in the country. By traveling the Florida Trail, one can experience a variety of ecosystems including longleaf pine forests, sand dune scattered beaches, and hardwood hammocks. Wildlife viewing along the Florida Trail is also spectacular, providing visitors with the opportunity to see black bears, alligators, panthers, gopher tortoises, and many species of endangered birds including wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and roseate spoon bills. Whether exploring a secluded wilderness area or a Florida Trail Gateway Community, the Florida Trail is the perfect place to find an authentic outdoor experience.

Follow the Orange Blazes
If you wanted to hike from the western end of Florida's panhandle to the Southern tip of the state, how would you do it? Follow the orange blazes of course! These orange blazes, with the Florida Trail signs, will help you navigate the trail from end to end. The first blaze was painted by the Florida Trail Association on October 29, 1966. Today there are thousands of blazes to guide hikers through Florida's most beautiful natural, cultural, and historic resources. Let the orange blazes lead you on your next adventure!Further Trail Information. To learn more about the Florida Trail, purchase trail maps, plan your trip, or discover volunteer opportunities, visit our website.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Last updated: February 17, 2022