Compared to the Appalachian Trail, there aren’t a lot of books about the Florida Trail. What is especially lacking is first-person accounts of hiking it. As the authors of some of these books, we can tell you why: books about the Florida Trail don’t make enough money for publishers.
Most of these books were written because the people involved with them had a passion for the trail and/or took on the publication costs themselves.
Links lead to purchase points for books that are still in print. Books with a * are books about the trail experience. The rest are guidebooks to the trail.
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A Chronological Florida Trail Bibliography
|Walking the Florida Trail||1985/1987/1988||FTA/John Keller and Ernie Baldini|
|Florida Hiking Trails||1991||FTA/Nancy Gildersleeve|
|Hiking Guide to the Florida Trail||1988/1992||FTA/Nancy Gildersleeve|
|From Here to There on the Florida Trail||1998/1999||Susan Roquemore and Joan Hobson|
|Long Distance Backpacking the Florida Trail||1998/1999||FTA/Rick Gushe editor|
|Along the Florida Trail*||2003||Sandra Friend and Bart Smith|
|Florida Trail Companion Guide for Long Distance Hikers||2003/2005/2007||FTA/Sandra Friend|
|The Florida Trail: The Official Hiking Guide||2004||Sandra Friend|
|Hiking the Florida Trail*||2008||Johnny Molloy|
|The Florida Trail Data Book||2008-2016||Florida Trail Association|
|Florida Any Way You Can*||2011||Steve Sheridan|
|The Florida Trail Guide||2013/2015/2017||Sandra Friend and John Keatley|
|The Florida Trail End to End*||2015||Mike Umbarger|
|The Florida Trail: Florida's National Scenic Trail*||2016||Sandra Friend and John Keatley|
In addition to the above books, there are more books that include the Florida Trail as part of a larger discussion on hiking, either hiking in Florida or hiking the National Scenic Trails.
Books that include the Florida Trail in part
|Introduction to Foot Trails in America||1972||Robert Colwell|
|The American Walk Book||1978||Jean Craighead George|
|The Hiker’s Guide to Florida||1993||M. Timothy O’Keefe|
|Hiking Florida||1997||M. Timothy O’Keefe|
|A Hiking Guide to the Trails of Florida||1998||Elizabeth Carter|
|America’s National Scenic Trails||2001||Kathleen Ann Cordes|
|The Hiking Trails of Florida’s National Forests Parks and Preserves||2001||Johnny Molloy|
|America’s National Trails: Journeys across Land and Time||2002||Glen Scherer|
|Ten Million Steps*||2002||M.J. Eberhardt|
|Where Less the Path is Worn*||2004||M.J. Eberhardt|
|A Hiker’s Guide to the Sunshine State||2005||Sandra Friend|
|The Hiking Trails of Florida’s National Forests Parks and Preserves||2007||Johnny Molloy and Sandra Friend|
|Hiking Central Florida||2008||M. Timothy O’Keefe|
|Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders||2009||Sandra Friend|
|Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle||2009||M. Timothy O’Keefe|
|Hiking South Florida and the Keys||2009||M. Timothy O’Keefe|
|Five Star Trails Orlando||2012||Sandra Friend|
|Five Star Trails Gainesville & Ocala||2013||Sandra Friend and John Keatley|
|A Twentieth Century Argonaut*||2013||Ernest Baldini|
|Trail Reflections: 50 Years of Hiking and Backpacking*||2013||James A. Kern|
|America’s Great Hiking Trails*||2014||Karen Berger and Bart Smith|
|The Hidden Tracks*||2018||Cam "Swami" Honan|
|50 Hikes in Central Florida||2018||Sandra Friend and John Keatley|
Love trail books? Check out the reviews and recommendations on Linda “Earthworm” Patton’s website Books for Hikers. Linda is a retired librarian and long-time volunteer for the Florida Trail Association, as well as the organizing founder of the AT Museum Research Library at the Appalachian Trail Museum in Pennsylvania.