The Florida Trail

Last Updated 12/15/2005

The 1400 mile long Florida Trail runs from the Everglades to Alabama. Get away from your frigid climate, see a wild and largely unhiked section of the country, and lose weight (or more accurately, improve body composition).


A CBS-TV affiliate from Chareston, SC will be hiking with us part of the way to chronicle the trip. Participants who do NOT want to be shown on-screen will not be required to do so. They will cover this hike in general and are seeking Charleston residents to feature.

Kissimmee River Area, FL


We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat often. It's important to have fuel to feed it. See what we have planned to eat. Note that this is not necessarily a comprehensive list. If you want to bring a big old chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it 100 miles, your body will most likely not desire the empty calories therein.


This trip will be from January 14-22, 2006. Here is the proposed itinerary.

We will be hiking Southbound on two sections of Florida Trail. The hike will begin at Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area and end at Bluff Hammock.

Important! Depending upon weather conditions, the trail may be flooded in places. This may mean inch deep water, ankle deep water, or in rare conditions, wading through water above your knees. Similarly, if Florida is experiencing a drought, drinking water may be scarce or non-existent for 20 miles, thus obligating us to carry as much as 2 gallons at a time. As the trip approaches, we will have a much better idea of the conditions.

See what other backpackers (unrelated to Fitpacking) have to say about hiking this section of trail. These hikers hiked Northbound during the dates specified. We will travel Southbound.
Wandering Bull's Journal (1/22/05 - 2/1/05)
Stumpknockers Journal (2/8/05 - 2/11/05)

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring.

Who's Coming?

Here is a current list of the participants. Why not add your name to the list and get to know them before you meet them?


$750 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a tent with another trip participant. This isn't a requirement, but it will cut down on weight carried. PPDO also means that you will room with someone else during hotel nights.

You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Florida, personal equipment, and any restaurant meals.

Covered expenses include trail food, ground transportation, satellite phone service etc.