LIVE OAK, FLA., FEBRUARY 7, 2024 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) invites area residents and visitors to celebrate February as Florida Hiking Trails Month.
Florida Hiking Trails Month encourages Floridians to take advantage of Florida’s extensive trail system. While the District provides public access to more than 70 miles of trails dedicated to hiking, many of those trails are also open for related activities such as wildlife viewing, horseback riding, bicycling, and photography. Hiking and other forms of recreation on District lands is an added benefit of land conservation which has the primary goals of flood control, water quality protection, water supply enhancement, and natural resource conservation.
“February is an ideal time to hike in North Florida,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the District. “This is the time of year where you’ll see cooler temperatures, winter foliage, and don’t have to worry about bringing your bug spray with you. In addition to the health benefits that hiking provides, visitors and residents alike will have the opportunity to experience some of the natural wonders found in our District.”
It is also a good time of year to watch wildlife, specifically birds, as several species migrate to Florida for the winter.
District lands are open during daylight hours from sunrise to sunset. For a list of trails and additional recreational opportunities on District lands, visit the District Lands Web Map at http://Map.MySuwanneeRiver.com or call the District at 386.362.1001.
The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.
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