Picture yourself overlooking the Great Alachua Savannah or

catching a glimpse of a Florida panther,

just enjoying the local plants and wildlife.

We are very lucky here in Central Florida having so many hiking and backpacking locations to choose from all so close with many varying ecosystems to enjoy!

Why Take a Guided Hiking or Backpacking Trip in Central Florida?

Many people, especially those who do not get out of doors much, don’t know where to start. There are so many varieties of hiking styles and equipment can be overwhelming. For newcomers it’s a good idea to accompany an experienced friend or a club leader on a short day hike, and then go all-day hikes before trying an overnighter. If those options are not available to you consider taking a guided hike or backpacking trip with a professional guide.

The best part about hiking is it’s a walk on the wild side, a stroll if you wish. You reach the next turn in the trail you never know what you will see. You control the pace and take time to soak in the sights and sounds of nature all around you as you please. Maybe even take home a few photos to remember your personal time on the trail. Hiking is a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a great way to reduce stress to! The various styles of hiking can suit nearly anyone.

Where to Hike in Florida

Some of our Favorite Hiking and Backpacking Locations include:

Circle B Preserve

Myakka River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park

The Citrus Loop, Withlacoochee State Forest

Croom Hiking Trials

Just to mention a few…

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Things to Remember When Hiking in Florida

Note: Carry a map, flashlight, water and a snack even if you think you’re going for only a short hike, just in case. Always let 2-3 people know when and where you are going and when you expect to be home.

  • Beginners should embark on a regular walking program for a few weeks or longer before attempting a hike more challenging than a flat, basic trail.


  • Start with shorter hikes that last only an hour or two, and then gradually build up to longer full-day and multi-day hikes if you want. 

  • Always bring a map, you should not hike alone, it’s the best thing you can do is always leave your itinerary with someone. If hiking at a State Park, let the ranger at the gate know where you will be hiking, where you will park your vehicle and what time you expect to leave and what trails you are taking as an extra precaution.

  • Just remember no matter how “lite” the bugs seem to be on the trail, they will be “thicker” in the forest. Do not forget your bug protection! 

  • Make sure you have plenty of water – it’s worth its weight in gold on a long hike! A basic a first-aid kit is also essential. Snacks are great to have along; you will burn more calories that you may think! On longer hikes many people find hip backs more comfortable than backpacks for day hikes, but backpacks are necessary for multi-day hikes. 

  • No Flip-flops! Wear hiking boots or trail shoes, which are more substantial and have deeper grooves in the soles than walking shoes. Dew covered leaves on a morning trail can be like ice, you don’t want to be left on the trail with a bad sprain while your walking buddy walks back out to get you help. Most of us could not carry another person out of the woods….If possible, get fitted by a boot expert at a hiking outfitter. 

  • It is most important not to drink from streams or lakes, no matter how refreshing and clear they look, unless you want to risk a visit from nasty intestinal parasites. Treat such water by using a good filter or boiling it.

Snack foods should also be in your pack. Children will need snacks often along the way and should also have enough to drink. Don’t overeat before you begin to prevent cramping up or become ill on the hike. Food items should be able to withstand heat and be compact. Peanut butter sandwiches are great for the energy. Granola Bars and Trail mix are also good. 

  • Be Bear Aware - We do have a number of bears in Central Florida, research the area you are hiking in before you go. Note that Ocala National Forest requires food be kept in bear proof containers.

To book a guided hike or backpacking trip in Central Florida please contact us today! 813-789-0904