Land & Resources Management

Congressional Authorization

The National Trails Systems Act

  • This 1968 Act of Congress established our nation's network of National Scenic, Historic and Recreation trails. It has been amended several times since 1968 with the addition of more National Trails.

Florida National Scenic Trail Foundation Documents

Florida Trail Strategic Plan Progress Report - Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019

  • This document provides an official update on the goals laid forth in the current version of the Florida National Scenic Trail 5 Year Strategic Plan.

Connecting Florida's Public Lands: The FT 5 Year Strategic Plan 2023

  • In January 2018, the Florida National Scenic Trail Coalition adopted an updated Florida National Scenic Trail 5 Year Strategic Plan. This plan builds on the foundational goals and strategies identified in the 2012 Strategic Plan developed collaboratively by the Florida National Scenic Trail Coalition.

Strategic Plan Implementation Guide Companion to Connecting Florida's Public Lands 2023

  • In order to meet the goals of the 2018 Strategic Plan update, the USDA Forest Service Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) Program created this Implementation Guide as a companion to the 2018 Strategic Plan. This document outlines each of the objectives and actions the FNST Program will take to accomplish the four goals identified by the FNST Coalition: Promote Connections, Complete the Trail, Sustainable Management and Strategic Partnerships.

FNST Study and Environmental Assessment

  • The USDI, National Park Service completed the Florida National Scenic Trail Study and Environmental Assessment in 1982. Thus combined study and assessment investigated the general feasibility and desirability of the proposed Florida National Scenic Trail as well as its potential environmental impacts.

FNST Comprehensive Plan

  • The 1986 Comprehensive Plan established guidelines for administering the Trail. A 1978 Amendment to the National Trails System Act required a comprehensive plan to be submitted to Congress defining the planning, development, management, and use of the Florida Trail. The Plan was developed by an interdisciplinary planning team comprised of members from USDI, National Park Service, US Forest Service, National Forests in Florida, State Division of Recreation and Parks, Office of the Governor, and the Florida Trail Association.

2012 FNST 5-Year Strategic Plan

  • "This is a landmark document for the Florida National Scenic Trail. For the first time since the original Comprehensive Plan of 1986 we have sat as a team of landowners to thoughtfully, and deliberately, set goals for the Trail. These goals provide an overall strategic direction by which we can focus collaborative efforts and allocate resources to achieve specific results that benefit both the Trail and trail user. This document is also significant in that it represents a new partnership model which more fully engages a diverse group of land managers who are connected to the Trail. With this Plan, we build a vision of the Florida National Scenic Trail that is much greater than the sum of its parts and that more fully appreciates the Trail for its distinct and unique scenic, historic, natural and cultural values."

~ Susan Jeheber-Matthews, Forest Supervisor, National Forests in Florida

2013 State of the Trail Report

  • This first-edition State of the Trail (SOT) Report was designed to provide a "snap shot" of the current conditions and resources available for each segment of the Florida Trail. The SOT Report divides the state into four regions and further divides each region by trail segment. Each FNST segment page contains a description and photo typical of that portion of the trail as well as information regarding the segment's ownership, mileage, volunteer support, trail class, infrastructure, condition and management priorities. The goals behind the SOT Report were to better understand the current condition of the Florida Trail and create a template for information and updates to be added as they become available.

2015 State of the Trail Report

  • The updated SOT Report divides the state into four regions and further divides each region by Trail segment. Each FNST segment page contains a description and photo typical of that portion of the trail as well as information regarding the segment's ownership, mileage, volunteer support, trail class, infrastructure, condition, management priorities and roadwalks on each property.

Florida Trail Minimum Standards and Guidelines

  • These standards and guidelines, derived from the FNST specific National Trail System Act legislation (1983), the FNST Advisory Council meeting minutes, and the FNST Comprehensive Plan (1986), are meant to serve as criteria for trail certification, use, and management of the Florida National Scenic Trail.


Florida National Scenic Trail Gap Analysis

Twin Rivers to Aucilla River Corridor Location Review

  • The Florida National Scenic Trail, or Florida Trail, uses Corridor Location Reviews (CLR) to analyze and resolve gaps in the trail. If a gap is considered 'major,' meaning over 25 miles in length or with more than two landowners, a CLR will be used as the tool for analysis. The purpose of this Corridor Location Review is to document the process, criteria and evidence utilized to complete the trail routing recommendation for the Twin River State Forest to Aucilla River gap of the Florida Trail. The CLR process may recommend a combination of land acquisition, conservation easements, trail relocations and partnerships to close the Twin Rivers State Forest to Aucilla River gap and preserve the established intent of the Florida Trail. This process is designed to ensure that the most optimal corridor is chosen to achieve consistency within the criteria outlined in the FNST Comprehensive Plan. 

 Twin Rivers State Forest to Aucilla River "Big Bend" Reroute Overview Map

  • Companion to reccomended routing in Corridor Location Review