Resource Management


Trail Standards and Best Management Practices

FNST Handout - Standards and Guidelines

FNST Standards and Guidelines Addendum

  • This document reflects the minimum standards for Florida National Scenic Trail designation and management as described in the Florida National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Plan. 

The Florida National Scenic Trail has segments representing each of the five trail classes which encompass a diversity of recreational and environmental experiences. The FNST ArcGIS Online map displays a layer of trail classes that can be turned on or off.  The map’s depiction of trail classes represents the class management objective for each segment and does not necessarily reflect conditions on the ground. 

FNST Trail Class Matrix

  • This document describes the general attributes that reflect trail development along a continuum of five trail classes. 

Trail Class Design Parameters

  • Design Parameters are technical guidelines for the survey, design, construction, maintenance, and assessment of the FNST.

FNST Trail Class PowerPoint

  • This presentation describes and displays photos of the five trail classes along the FNST and examples of the infrastructure associated with each class.

Assessment Tools and Examples

FNST Optimal Location Review Guidelines

  • This document outlines the format, process, and location criteria for an Optimal Location Review (OLR) on the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST).  The OLR process helps ensure that the trail is located in the setting that best meets the congressional intent for a National Scenic Trail: to provide outstanding recreation opportunities, and promote and protect access to the natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources along the Trail.

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Assessment

  • This assessment details the current issues and concerns with this section of Florida National Scenic Trail and provides recommendations for trail location, maintenance, and facility and sign improvements for the long term social, environmental and economic sustainability of this section of Trail. It is also intended to be used as a template for subsequent assessments of the FNST in the future.

Ocala National Forest Maintenance Assessment 

  • The ONF Maintenance Assessment provides an inventory of the maintenance needs of the FNST on the Ocala National Forest for the 2011-2012 volunteer season.

Ocala National Forest Trail Location Assessment

  • This assessment identifies FNST problem and opportunity areas and explores the alternatives or solutions for locating Trail realignment.


2015 Request for Projects

Applications must be submitted by June 5th, 2015 to be considered for funding during this project cycle. Priority will be granted to those projects which address critical safety concerns, involve updating existing kiosk and sign infrastructure to communicate with the public, and which further the objectives of our 5-Year Strategic Plan

General Application Requirements

  • Projects must be located on, or within the priority planning corridor of, the Florida National Scenic Trail.
  • Trail and infrastructure projects must be submitted by, or with concurrence of, the underlying land manager.
  • Project financial plans must demonstrate a minimum 20% partner contribution, direct or in-kind.
  • Any submitting partner must have a recently completed Trail Assessment as justification for the proposed project.

To review the status of a previously submitted project see the 2015 FNST Schedule of Projects.

Please complete the FNST Request for Project form and e-mail to


Certification Agreement Sample

The current certification agreement format is being simplified to reduce its length and complexity. Please check back soon for an update.


Florida Trail Association's Volunteer Hours Reporting System

The Florida Trail Association debuted its updated volunteer hours reporting system at the end of summer 2013.  The previous system had the ability to track what maintenance and construction happened on various trail sections. It also tracked how many volunteers participated and the number of volunteer hours contributed. The updated system has the ability to track individual hours and will provide more maintenance-related details.

Through the updated system, FNST land managers will be able to pull reports of work done on their sections of trail, in addition to having the ability to enter their own volunteer hours. Tracking volunteer hours is key to tracking progress on the trail and acknowledging the hard work that that the volunteers contribute to the FNST. A user guide on the updated system will be available at the end of summer 2013.

Interested in learning more or curious as to how many hours were contributed to your section of trail this past season? Contact Van Tran, FTA's Community Outreach Manaer, at

To report hours, visit the Florida Trail Association website here.