The Florida Trail is one of eleven national scenic trails in the United States. From the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola, to Big Cypress National Preserve near Miami, the trail covers more than 1400 miles. In the early 1960’s, Jim Kern was inspired by a visit to the Appalachian Trail to create a long-distance trail in Florida. The first section was created in 1966 in the Ocala National Forest.
Today, the trail is maintained and protected by the Florida Trail Association, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The association also builds and maintains other trails on public land in Florida.
Deb Blick has been a member of the Florida Trail Association since 1982 and has been a voluteer trail maintainer and hike leader, and has traveled the entire length of the trail. She has been a member of the staff since 1998 and currently maintains the hiker maps and data book. If you call their office, it’s probably Deb who will answer your questions.
The April meeting will begin at 7:30 on April 7, 2011. As usual, the meeting will be in room 3118 of the Nematology/Entomology Building on the University of Florida Campus.