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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.


Maintained by the St. John’s River Water Management District, Lake Jessup Conservation Area protects over 5,000 acres surrounding its namesake lake.  The East Tract is one of three public access points, and one of two that features a marked trail system. Starting at the end of a road in Black Hammock, trails in this portion of the conservation area explore shady hammocks along the southern shore of the lake.

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.