The FNST Coalition is comprised of a diverse, representative sample of Trail partners dedicated to ensuring the development, maintenance, and promotion of the FNST to ensure an optimum recreation experience. The variety of perspectives, backgrounds, concerns, and organizations helps ensure that a wide spectrum of recreationists’ interests are considered in management decisions going forward. Visit the FNST Coalition page to learn more.
As it traverses the state, the Florida National Scenic Trail crosses numerous public and private lands. The FNST would not be the celebrated public resource it is today without the cooperation and assistance of many land managers. Land managers and their staff work with and support volunteers in building and maintaining the Trail. They support and advocate for FNST development, maintenance, and promotion. Visit the Land Managers page for more information.
The following graphic illustrates the breakdown of FNST land managers by agency type:
Volunteers are the backbone of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Some of their highly valued efforts include building and maintaining the FNST, guiding hikes, leadership roles, working with land managers, and trail planning. The Florida Trail Association is a partner to the USDA Forest Service in managing volunteers on the FNST.
Incorporated in 1964, the Florida Trail Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization that helps build, maintain, protect, and promote the 1,000-mile FNST. Visit our Volunteers page for more information.
As a recreational trail, the Florida National Scenic Trail is eligible for several dful of grant opportunities. These opportunities are available for land managers and stewardists and include the RTP, Kodak, North Face, National Forest Foundation, American Hiking Society and more. The Florida National Scenic Trail has benefited with grants from the American Hiking Society and the Recreational Trails Program for trail construction and maintenance, infrastructure development, and more!
For more information on what grant opportunities are open or to view some previous projects on the FNST that successfully acquired grants, please visit our grant opportunities page.