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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. 

Our monthly meeting will be at Leu Gardens for the month of March. A speaker for the meeting will be announced soon!.


Easily one of the most popular of Seminole County’s Natural Lands, Black Bear Wilderness Area is a well-known destination for hikers and trail runners in the area. Using a series of berms constructed years ago alongside the St. Johns River, a seven-mile loop trail starts and ends at the large parking area off Michigan avenue in Sanford. A few years ago, Seminole County added several impressive boardwalks that extend off the berm and over the river with spectacular views.

Upcoming Trail Maintenance:

TBA: Two bridge building projects.

Scheduled maintenance of the Florida Trail in the Central Florida Chapter's area has been completed for the 2023/2024 hiking season. A giant Thank You to all of the folks who joined us this season for trail maintenance!

Stay tuned for two bridge repair work parties in the near future!

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.