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Florida Trail Association

Central Florida Chapter


Trail maintainers carrying lumber for a bridge building project.

Serving Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties

The Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Trail Association was chartered in 1981 and is one of FTA’s largest chapters with more than 500 members. We maintain over 60 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail, along with trails in Wekiwa Springs State Park, and Little Big Econ and Charles Bronson State Forests.

Our active members lead and participate in many hiking, biking, paddling, camping and trail maintenance activities.  Each Thanksgiving we have a group camping event at a state park or forest and each New Years we “retreat” to the Ocala National Forest for a fun-filled camp out and celebration. 

After a two-month break for the summer, our chapter meeting will resume at Leu Gardens in August. Join us for an engaging evening with Valerie Anderson, a distinguished advocate for environmental conservation and sustainability. Valerie serves as the Director of Communications and Programming for the Florida Native Plant Society, where she passionately promotes the preservation of Florida's unique native plant species. 


 

Orlando Wetlands provides a variety of experiences for visitors, allowing bikes and foot traffic on a series of open berms, and a hiking only trail through densely forested woodlands. It is common to see a multitude of resident and migratory birds alongside large alligators on the berm trails. 

Adjacent to the parking area, the hiking trail winds through a subtropical palm and oak hammock covered in various epiphytes. In this humid, shady environment, giant airplants cling to branches next to native orchids and clusters of resurrection ferns.




Upcoming Trail Maintenance:

Trail maintenance has been completed for the 2023-2024 season.

Stay tuned for dates on our 2024-2025 season of trail maintenance! Send us an email to be added to the trail crew mailing list. 

Photo of volunteers standing on one of the many bridges our chapter built this season provided by Matthew Pulsts.

The Florida Trail Association develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail. 


Together with our partners we provide opportunities for the public to hike, engage in outdoor recreation, participate in environmental education, and contribute to meaningful volunteer work.