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Posted on: February 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] SRWMD celebrates Florida Hiking Trails Month

LIVE OAK, FLA., FEBRUARY 03, 2023 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) invites area residents and visitors join the celebration of Florida Hiking Trails Month, taking place the entire month of February. 

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 with cooler temperatures, winter foliage, and you can leave your bug spray at home,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the District. “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, such as major rivers, first-magnitude springs, and waterfalls.”

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 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. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.

For more information about the District, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, search @SRWMD.


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