50 Great Walks in Florida

50 Great Walks in Florida
Lucy Beebe Tobias

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Explore Florida’s history, culture, and national wonders on fascinating mini-trips for all ages.


“Lucy makes my toes itch! I can’t wait to get out and explore all the destinations she describes.”–Sandy Huff, author of Paddler’s Guide to the Sunshine State

“By using modern technologies like GPS coordinates and internet resources, 50 Great Walks in Florida brings the genre of tour guides clicking and screening into the twenty-first century.”–Lars Andersen, author of Payne’s Prairie: A History and Guide

From the deepest swamps to the most civilized sidewalks, 50 Great Walks in Florida features the best short, but significant, outdoor jaunts in the Sunshine State. Experienced tour guide Lucy Tobias fills each page with fascinating local history and vivid descriptions of the sights and sites encountered along the way.

50 Great Walks in Florida is divided by geographic regions and each section includes at least one beach or wetlands walk, a historic walk, a garden walk, a place to see wildlife, and one locale with an unusual natural feature. Included are the Vietnam Memorial, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Coca-Cola Town, Ybor City Fresh Market, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and even a ghost tour!

Tobias recommends additional activities for each walk and offers suggestions for where to stop nearby, including local restaurants, to enhance the regional and cultural experience. This handy guide includes comprehensive locator maps, listings of trip essentials, and useful warnings about possible dangers such as poisonwood sap.

These manageable walks will appeal to tourists in search of the real Florida, as well as to residents who want to become better acquainted with their state but still be done in time for lunch. Though shoes may be required, backpacks are not.

Lucy Beebe Tobias, now retired, is an award-winning reporter, environmental writer, and photographer for the New York Times newspapers in Florida

A volume in the series Wild Florida, edited by M. Timothy O’Keefe.

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University Press of Florida
February 17,2008
352 pp. | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | 58 b/w photos, line art, maps
ISBN 978-0-8130-3174-3 | Paper $24.95

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Here is the map from “50 Great Walks in Florida” showing locations of all the walks – every star is a walk. The names of every walk are found below the map. Everywhere you go in Florida you can find a great walk! Map ©2005 Lucy Beebe Tobias


Map 1


Northwest Florida

The Joys of Meandering: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee

Step into History: Park Avenue Historic District, Tallahassee

If the Hills Could Talk: Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Tallahassee

Five Flags Flew Here: Historic Pensacola Village, Pensacola

Middle-earth Walk: Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach

Follow the Waterfall: Falling Waters State Park, Chipley

Ducks, Shell Middens, and High-Water Marks: Mounds Pool Interpretive Trail, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks

The Coca-Cola Town: A Walk Around Historic Quincy

That Sinking Feeling: Leon Sinks Geological Area, Apalachicola National Forest, Crawfordville

Got Ghosts? Haunted History Walk, Monticello

Northeast Florida

A Stroll Through History: The Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach Centre Street Stroll, Fernandina Beach

Nature’s Classroom: Willow Pond Nature Trail, Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach

Traverse Two Terrains: Little Talbot Island State Park

Stained Glass and Four Freedoms: Madison

A Walk on the Gothic Side: University of Florida Campus Historic District, Gainesville

Wander through a Garden of Eden: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville

East Meets West: Land Bridge Trail, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway south of Ocala

Flowers, Waterfalls and Headsprings: Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon

Bird Walk on Pepper Creek: Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa

EcoWalk in Wild Florida: Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River

Central Florida

Birds, Botany, and Breakfast: Guana River Site, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Ponte Vedra Beach

Coquina and Conquistadors: Build Your Own Historic Walk, St. Augustine

Real Florida Reflections: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Palm Coast

Walk with a Lake View: Lake Eaton, USDA Forest Service, Ocala National Forest

Painted History Walk: DeLand

Two Rivers Run Through It: Silver River State Park, Ocala

A Peaceful Walk: Sholom Park, Ocala

Walking with Friends: Sunnyhill Restoration Area, St. Johns River Water Management District, Umatilla

Garden of Delights: Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando

Guided Nighttime Turtle Walk: Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Vero Beach

Southwest Florida

Count the Osprey: Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin

Full-Moon Walk with T’ai Chi/DuGong: North Clearwater Beach

Gardens, Landscapes and Native Habitats: Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo

A Walk for Everyone: Fort DeSoto Country Park, Tierra Verde

Celebrate the Cigars: Historic Walk, Ybor City

Mangroves, Orchids and a Bo Tree: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

Layers of Time: Spanish Point, Osprey

Wildlife Up Close: J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel

Boardwalk Adventure: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers

Walk with Audubon: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples

Southeast Florida

Into the Sea Grapes: Blowing Rocks Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Hobe Sound

Vanishing Florida: A Downtown Walk, Delray Beach

Winged Wonder Walk: Butterfly World, Coconut Creek

The Delight of Deco: Art Deco Walk, South Miami Beach

A Stroll in Paradise: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables

Anhinga Amble: Everglades National Park, Homestead

Lush, Tropical and Quite Rare: Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo

Ancient Trees and Recent Residents: Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Islamorada

A Silver Lining: Silver Palm Nature Trail, Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key

Inhale Island History: Old Town Key West