I know. It’s hot, flat, subtropical and sometimes muggy. Why, how and who wants to hike in Florida? However, the state and its seal tell a different story.
Unexpectedly, the flat and swampy state offers one of a kind areas and trails that are very well suited for adventurous family hiking. While you may not encounter the muddy uphill of Appalachia or the rocky walkways of Costa Rica, you can find environments flourishing with vibrant trails to explore.
In South Florida, the Everglades National Park is literally the only place on earth of its kind. Somehow, this strange, beautiful and buggy land has managed to survive the harsh and unnatural developments around it. In the Everglades you and your family are likely to witness alligators up close, spoonbills, hypnotizing sunsets and big bass fish.
In Central Florida, though not as popular as The Everglades, The Ocala National Forest is a treasure chest of outdoor family activity. There’s a variety of trails to choose from, such as Bear Swamp Trail or The Davenport Landing Trail, which leads to an archeological site. There’s also the emerald Cross Florida Greenway, which hosts breathtaking day adventures for families.
And last but never least is North Florida. Though it’s close to Georgia, it still maintains its own unique landscape and wildlife that differ very much from its neighboring state. Osceola National Forest, the smallest and youngest of all the National Forests, offers big adventure.
It’s usually wet on the trails there, so come prepared. While grown ups might find the mud a nuisance, kids go crazy with excitement.
There is also Hanna State Park. Not only are there all sorts of trails and camping opportunities, there’s also a magnificent undeveloped beach.
Florida, even with all its flatness, offers as much rough terrain as anywhere else. It’s a state full of history, diversity and paradise.
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