Florida Day Hikes
With the beautiful Florida weather and some much-needed vacation time coming for many of us, it’s time to dust off our camping gear and round up the family for fun in the sun. There is no better way to travel our great state of Florida than by RV camping. Miles of scenic highways, sparkling water, and pristine beaches call for a bit of exploration. Hiking is a wonderful activity to undertake as well; you get an opportunity to reconnect with nature, improve your physical fitness, and spend some much needed time communing with people you hold dear.
Day hikes are the perfect opportunity to explore our state when you are camping in your RV or just taking a quick jaunt to a local spot. With excellent and varied terrain and a plethora of trails catering to everyone both novice and experienced, Florida hiking becomes the perfect blend of physical activity and adventure. Here are some great trails to consider exploring when you are out and about:
Fun Florida Day Hikes
- Blackwater River State Forest
Found in the northernmost section of the Florida Scenic Trail, the Blackwater River State Forest sports majestic red clay bluffs offering breathtaking views and lots of photo opportunity. Every picturesque scene is rich with nature’s beauty as it winds its way along the Blackwater River and its various tributaries.
- Santa Rosa Island Beach Hike
Embrace a bit of history along the Santa Rosa Island Beach, located at historic Fort Pickens. This is one hike that sports a trail along beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. Bring your sunscreen, and stop to splash in a few waves! If you are interested in other beach hikes, check out our article on Florida Coastal Hikes.
- White Springs Area Trails
One of the most popular trails for weekend camping and scenic hiking, the White Springs Trail follows the banks of the Suwanee River and its famous white water rapids. This is a popular trail for families with children, as it provides several areas for easy access picnicking and periodic rests that your kiddos may need. Make sure you have your camera ready!
- Torreya State Park
Although Torreya State Park boasts some of the most beautiful views that can be seen along trails, it is known for being one of the more challenging courses to tackle. Rocky and beautiful terrain gives way to breathtaking views of the Apalachicola river almost 200 feet below. Don those rock climbing shoes and get moving, if you feel up for the challenge!
- Ocala North
Whether you are looking for a one day trip or a week-long excursion, there is something to be found at the Ocala North trail. Deer, gopher, tortoise, scrub jays, and black bears are just some of the abundant wildlife that you might spot on this trail. Rolling sand scrub terrain is a beautiful backdrop for an amazing sunset if you decide to make a day of it!
- Little Talbot Island
Little Talbot promises big fun with varied wildlife and five different ecosystems along a four-mile trail. This perfect day hike is appropriate for young children and older folks alike; take some time to enjoy each other as you stop to fish along several ponds and waterways stocked with perch, sunfish, and crappie.
Family Fun For Everyone!
Prep your equipment for some premium RV camping, and get excited! Stock up on s’ mores ingredients slather on the sunscreen, and the only challenge you’ll have left to tackle is deciding how many of these trails you want to accomplish this summer!