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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. 


 

In a rural corner of Orange County, nearly two miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail run from SR 50 to a large parking area alongside Christmas Rd. This segment is one of several pieces that will eventually be linked together to route around a long stretch of the trail that is known as the Deseret Roadwalk. Years ago, the Florida Trail crossed the cattle fields and tributaries of the St. John’s River on the way from Bull Creek to Tosohatchee. .




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.