It was appropriate that PLAM took place in October which is also Florida Greenways and Trails Month. People often forget that the Florida State Park system consists of 175 parks and trails and the latter have considerable economic impact on Florida’s well-being.

The Department of Environmental Protection invites all residents and visitors to explore the unique paths and trails found throughout the Sunshine State. Florida has more than 10,000 miles of land-based trails and 4,000 miles of paddling trails that attract millions of visitors, promote healthy lifestyles, and support Florida’s economy.

“October is a great time of the year to explore Florida’s outdoors,” said Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper. “I encourage all residents and visitors to celebrate Florida Greenways and Trails Month. Whether hiking, biking or paddling, the natural beauty found along our trails is transformative.”

Long-distance trails in the state include the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, the 106-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail and the 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail. These trails attract paddlers, hikers and cyclists from around the country and world.

Various trail-related events are being offered at Florida State Parks throughout the month, including fall wildflower and butterfly walks. Find a list of activities planned in your area. For more trail offerings, visit the Office of Greenways and Trails Online Trail Calendar.

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