Florida National Scenic Trail
Camp Folks is proud to announce our membership and support of the Apalachee Chapter of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST or Florida Trail), Florida’s long-trail covering over 1300 miles. Just a short drive outside of Tallahassee is Florida’s largest National Forest, the Apalachicola National Forest, with over 630,000 acres and over 77 miles of the Florida Trail trail to explore.
The Florida Trail offers backpackers a unique and challenging experience. The Florida Trail is arguably the most difficult and rewarding long-trails in the United States. This sentiment is due to the trail being often soggy and/or under water in places, especially the area that traverses the Apalachicola National Forest. The FNST is also incredibly rewarding, with spectacular river views and opportunities to catch a glimpse at rare plant and wildlife. The Florida Trail traverses some of the most ecologically diverse areas in the state, from swamps and bogs to pine flatwoods and dense forests.
The FNST is maintained by volunteers through regional chapters, such as the Apalachee Chapter of the FNST. Volunteers dedicate their time and energy into clearing debris, picking up trash, building bridges, remarking trail blazes, and redirecting trails when necessary. They also work to drive awareness of the trail system to the public, which includes providing information on how to protect the trails so that others are able to enjoy it. Some volunteers work as “trail angels,” providing assistance to thru- and section hikers. This includes small deeds, like leaving water at trail heads, or larger deeds, like offering their homes up to hikers for a comfortable night’s sleep and even meals. “Trail angels” are an important support system for those attempting to hike the entire length of the FT and are often anchors for the hiking community.
If you have been looking to check out the Florida Trail, you’re in luck! Camp Folks is headed to Camel Lake on the Florida National Scenic Trail this weekend. This excursion is perfect for first time hikers and campers, with easy access to well-marked trails and amenities, like restrooms and grills. The Camel Lake excursion includes Camel Lake campsite reservations and transportation from our shop in Railroad Square Art Park in Tallahassee, Florida to the Camel Lake campsite and trail head. For the more adventurous, we are offering a drop off at the Savannah Trailhead, a 5 mile hike on the FT to the Camel Lake campsite. We are also able to shuttle people to Vilas Trailhead, which is a 10 mile hike on the FT to Camel Lake. Come prepared to wade through water.
No gear? No problemo! We take 50% off rental gear when you book a Camp Folks excursion!
Camp Folks’ motto is “hike your own hike,” which means that we do not guide hikes, rather encourage folks to enjoy nature at their own pace. With that said, we do have copies of the Florida Trail Guide for sale and are available to provide tips to help you have a more safe and comfortable outdoor adventure.