THE CHALLENGE: Hike 50 continuous miles on the Florida Trail anytime before July 2018. Post photos on your social media channels with the hashtags #FT50Challenge and #FindYourTrail.
After you complete your 50 miles, send a trip report to us after you’re done with a handful of photos, explaining what you saw, felt, and experienced while hiking that particular piece of the Florida Trail, from the quality of the footpath and campsites to the unique experiences you had along the way.
THE REWARD: Enjoying and appreciating our amazing public resource, the Florida Trail, is a nice reward in itself. Everyone who submits a trip report with photos to us will be listed on our website as having completed the challenge, and will be entered into ongoing drawings for gear, trail guides, and other outdoor-related goodies.
THE PURPOSE: To let the public – and our legislators – know that hikers are out there exploring and enjoying their favorite National Scenic Trails. Coordinated across the entire National Scenic Trail system by volunteers like us working with ALDHA (Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association), this effort will result in:
- Greater recognition of our National Scenic Trails on social media throughout the year, in conjunction with the National Trails System 50th anniversary in 2018.
- Workshop presentations covering EVERY National Scenic Trail in America at the 2018 ALDHA Gathering in Shippensburg, PA in October 2018.
- A compilation of all trip reports from all trails finding their way to legislator’s desks in Washington, DC, highlighting the need for continued funding of trail maintenance and land acquisition for the National Scenic Trails.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System. Thanks to far-sighted individuals cultivating outdoor recreation culture in the 1960s, the National Trails System Act of 1968 established the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail as the first National Scenic Trails, and set up other classes of federally-designated trails, the National Recreation Trails and National Historic Trails, that were not necessarily focused on hiking. The act has been amended many times over the decades, with the Florida National Scenic Trail added in 1983.
SIGN UP NOW: Fill out the form below to let us know you’re participating in the #FT50Challenge and to stake a claim on a particular section of the trail. We’d like to see the entire trail covered, but we’d also simply like you to get out there and take a hike this hiking season! Please provide a link to your preferred social media channel so we can encourage people to follow along with your journey.
Thank you for joining the #FT50Challenge! We will only use your email to send progress reports, including letting you know about giveaway drawings for those who submit their trip reports.
Your name and a link to your trip report will appear in the sidebar after you send in your report.
Send in your trip report to be eligible for our monthly drawings between January and June. Your trip report, including photos you provide, may be shared on our website and in a report to be provided to ALDHA. You grant the Florida Trail Hikers Alliance and ALDHA the non-exclusive use of your words and photos for the purpose of educating others about the Florida Trail. Each trip report will remain in the drawing pool until the end of the #FT50Challenge.