Florida's State Forest Trailwalker Program
Explore Florida's Forests...
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Are you a frequent
visitor to Florida's state forests? Maybe you've wanted
to explore them but haven't had the opportunity. You are
now holding your ticket to a grand tour of Florida's state
forests: The Florida State Forests Trailwalker Program.
One Step At a Time
Get Involved and Reap the Benefits
The best way to learn about a state forest is to experience
it first hand, and this is what Florida's State Forest
Trailwalker program is all about.
The benefits are many when you participate in the Florida
State Forests Trailwalker Program. You get to improve
your level of physical fitness at your own rate. Your
only competitor is yourself.
Also, you get to experience the beauty of Florida's State
Forests. The opportunity to have personal experience with
nature is rare these days, and this program will give
you that opportunity. Finally, you will feel the pride
of accomplishment. So find the nearest state forest on
your Trail List and get started. We've got your trails
cut out for you.
- Walk a total of ten trails in a minimum of five state
forests, selecting trails from the Trail List. At the trailhead
of each trail you hike, obtain one pre-paid postal survey
card for the trail. Fill it in and put in the mail after
you complete the hike.
- Print the Trailwalker's Log (pdf) and record your progress.
As you send in your postal survey cards, we will send
you a sticker for each one. You will affix this sticker
next to the entry for each trail you hike.
- When you have hiked and logged your ten trails, complete the Trailwalker's Log and mail it to us. We will send you a beautiful Trailwalker Patch that you can sew on your favorite shirt or hiking vest, plus a certificate commemorating your achievement signed by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam.
There's more to this program than one patch and one certificate for those up to the challenge, much more. There are three additional levels to this program. Once you have completed the first level, print out another Trailwalker's log sheet and start on the next adventure.
If you walk twenty (20) trails from the Trail List, you will achieve the second level: Trailblazer. For this accomplishment, you will receive a rocker patch and certificate. After the second level, if you walk another ten (10) trails in an additional five (5) or more state forests, you will achieve the next level:
If you walk thirty (30) trails from the Trail List, you will achieve the third level: Trailmaster. For this accomplishment, you will receive another rocker patch and certificate.
Completed Program Set
When put together, the three patches form one interlocking pattern of accomplishment. Remember, you must finish all three levels of the program to obtain the completed design.
New for 2013
For those who just canít get enough hiking in Florida's State Forests we've added:
If you are still walking the trails after completing the Trailmaster level, then we want to challenge you further and encourage people to stay involved with outdoor exercise. The Trailwarrior level requires that you simply maintain your trail log, including miles of any of the trails from the state forests. Once you reach 250 miles, 500 miles, 750 miles and then 1,000 miles, simply mail the logs in after each mileage milestone for recognition. Your previous miles hiked achieving the Trailmaster level count toward your Trailwarrior achievements. If you didnít keep track of your miles while achieving up to your Trailmaster level, donít fret, simply use 100 miles as a starting point and track from there. Remember, participants choose how often and how far they wish to walk each time to achieve the varied milestones. If you need to use more than one Trailwarrior Log (pdf)
to get to the next mileage milestone, do so. Please send a copy of your hiking log with the notation of your achievement and we will send you additional recognitions for 250 miles, 500 miles, 750 miles and then 1,000 miles.
Tips for Your Visit
- Stick to the path and avoid trampling
the sensitive vegetation around you.
- Keep a bandanna on hand when hiking. It has many uses: sponge, napkin, bandage, etc.
- If you are hiking a lengthy trail, be sure to take some
sunscreen and a container of water with you.
- Wear good
hiking shoes or hiking boots. If you have to break them
in, do it before the hike.
- Pace yourself. If you aren't
an experienced hiker, don't take on a 10-mile trail your
first time out.
- Take your time. Speed doesn't matter in
this program, and there is plenty to observe out on the trails.
additional information on equestrian trails or
to obtain a pre-paid postal survey card (if they
weren't available at the trailhead):
Space, Solitude, and Self-Reliance