CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY WITH THE FLORIDA PARK SERVICE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2014

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY WITH THE FLORIDA PARK SERVICE

~ Connect with nature and enjoy Trails Day celebrations at a Florida state park ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Greenways and Trails invites Florida residents and visitors to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7. Recognized on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day is designed to promote and recognize the importance of America’s robust trails system.

"National Trails Day is a perfect opportunity to experience Florida’s dynamic natural resources by taking a hike, walk or bike ride on one of our state trails,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “For residents and visitors, being in Florida means being no more than an hour away from one of our award-winning state parks or trails.”

Florida’s 10 state trails include the Withlacoochee State Trail and the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, both of which offer visitors the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery and the opportunity to connect with nature. The Withlacoochee State Trail is the longest paved rail-trail in Florida with 46 miles across Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. Last year, the trail had an economic impact of more than $16.6 million and was utilized by nearly 382,000 visitors.

The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway consists of 110 miles and 70,000 acres across Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River. Last year, the Greenway welcomed nearly 999,000 visitors and had a $46 million economic impact. On May 16, a multi-use trail segment and bridge was opened in Dunnellon, bringing the Withlacoochee Trail and Marjorie Greenway within two miles of being joined together. The new bridge spans 280 feet over the Withlacoochee River.

National Trails Day is America’s largest annual celebration of trails. The Florida Park Service is hosting numerous National Trails Day activities throughout the state. Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7 at one of the following events at a Florida state park near you.

Guided Cave Tour

Florida Caverns State Park

Marianna


Dudley Farm Tree-Sure Hunt

Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Newberry


Hike with a Ranger

Suwannee River State Park

Live Oak


Saturday Ranger Walk

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

Gainesville


Walking for Fun and Fitness

O'Leno State Park

High Springs


Hike and Seek

Little Talbot Island State Park

Jacksonville


Ranger Talks Ranger Walks

Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Jacksonville


Ranger Talks and Ranger Walks

Big Talbot Island State Park

Fernandina Beach


Ranger Talks and Ranger Walks

Little Talbot Island State Park

Fernandina Beach


Nature Walk

Fort Clinch State Park

Fernandina Beach


Guided Walking Tour

Savannas Preserve State Park

Port St. Lucie


Nature Walk

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

North Palm Beach


Ranger-Guided Nature Walk
Oleta River State Park

North Miami


Ranger-Guided Tour

Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

Islamoradora


Ranger-Guide Tour

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Islamoradora