Looking for something outdoorsy to do this weekend? If someone happens to tell you to take a hike on Saturday, don't take offense. That's exactly what you should do.
That's right, this Saturday, Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day, so get out and do a little bit of exploring on Florida's extensive trails system. No matter where you are in the state, you can find a place to spend a few hours on a hiking trail. Here are a couple of ideas:
Hike on the Florida National Scenic Trail: We are lucky to have one of only 11 national scenic trails in the country. The Florida Trail spans over 1,000 miles from the Florida Everglades all the way up to Pensacola, so it's a sure bet you can find a section or two you'll enjoy. My faves? The Suwannee River section is awesome, with rugged terrain that overlooks the river. Another hiker's favorite is the Ocala National Forest, where you'll pass through the world's largest sand pine ecosystem and near scenic freshwater springs.
Hike in a Florida State Park: Ever hiked at Torreya State Park in Bristol? How about at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna? If you haven't, you don't know what you're missing. These are both incredible places to hike, and afterward you can spend the remainder of the day exploring other spots of the parks. Take a cave tour at Florida Caverns, or check out the Gregory House at Torreya. Don't forget to walk out back and see the incredible view of the Apalachicola River.
Again, those are just a couple of ideas. Take a look at the trails section of VISITFLORIDA.com and find a hike near you, or visit www.floridastateparks.org for more information on visiting a state park, historic site, or state trail.