Florida National Scenic Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Florida Trail near Penner Ponds

Established as Florida's first backpacking trail with its first blazes painted north from Clearwater Lake by volunteers of the newly formed Florida Trail Association in 1966, the Ocala segment of the Florida Trail was known as the "Ocala Trail" for many years. It wasn't designated a National Recreation Trail until the entire Florida Trail became a National Scenic Trail in 1983.

Florida Trail near Clearwater Lake Florida Trail, Farles Prairie section ATV corral at Farles Lake Farles Prairie Florida Trail near Farles Lake

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Prepare for extreme heat, afternoon thunderstorms and insects.
Operational Hours: 24 hours
Rentals & Guides:
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Parking
Fees None, except for use of established managed recreation areas and campgrounds with user fees.
Permit Info: Permits are not required to backpack the Florida Trail.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: October - April
Busiest Season: January - March
Restrictions: Primitive camping is restricted to recreation areas and designated campsites during general gun season each fall.  All hikers should wear blaze orange during hunting seasons.
Closest Towns: Backpackers have access to resupply in Paisley, near Clearwater Lake at the south end of the trail, and at Salt Springs, where a 3-mile walk from the trail via a blue-blazed side trail leads into town, where there is a full-service grocery store.
Water: Water must be filtered. Potable water available at recreation areas.
Restroom: At recreation areas.
Operated By: Volunteers of the Florida Trail Association
Information Center: For specific information about the Florida Trail, please contact the Florida Trail Association at 1-877-HIKE-FLA or visit their website.



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Parking Trailhead parking areas
Tent camping Dispersed tent camping
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
89.6 miles in two corridors


At Lake Dorr

Lake Dorr Recreation Area

Ocala Shooting Range

Ocala Shooting Range