Welcome to Walking  in Florida

 
 

Explore Florida by walking. You will find here information about over 30 weekend walks yearly and more than 75 permanent routes available daily in 49 locations/areas shown in the map below. The Florida clubs the provide both non-competitive staffed events and self-guided routes in Florida for walking and biking.  From scenic state parks, to island walks, to great town routes, see Florida the best way - by walking at your pace.  Some events have local interest points discussed. Our events are open to everyone, some at $2-3, some at no cost.  Come to one of our events and discover new places, make new friends, have fun, and keep fit.


Traditional Events

Traditional volkssport events are scheduled for a particular date or dates, and are staffed by a host club that lays out an interesting route or trail, and handles registration, checkpoints, and the finish.  Most often, regular events occur on a weekend, and have a specified starting period during which participants must begin the event.  They also have a specified finish time, by which all participants must finish. 

Where you'll see events

Traditional events in Florida are advertised on club web sites, this WalkFlorida site HERE, in brochures, and frequently on local news event web sites, in local newspapers and sometimes on radio/TV.  Published notices include a contact person with phone number or email address in case you have questions. 

Route Lengths and accessibility

Walk routes or trails typically are 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), but they may be longer.  When possible, there will be a shorter option of 5 or 6 kilometers. Bike routes are at least 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) but are often longer or have longer options.  Trails are given a rating of 1 to 5 and a description of trail ratings is here.  Routes may or may not be suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, and other wheeled carriers.  Check with the contact person or club.  Dogs are usually welcome on these events, subject to the club’s route and local ordinances and regulations. 

How it works

At a traditional event, walkers show up at the start point anytime between the start period (1-3 hours for regular events), where they register and pick up directions and a start card.  In the case of walking and cycling events, the directions may include a map.  There usually will be restrooms and water at the start.  Host clubs try to arrange start points that have adequate parking.

Participants do the event at their own pace, alone or with others, carrying their start cards and directions.  The route or trail may also be marked with arrows and/or ribbons to complement the written instructions.    There may be a check point, or control point, partway through.  At this point, participants get their start cards stamped or otherwise validated, and can stock up on water.  Sometimes there are snacks as well.

At the finish, participants turn in their start cards and, if they have IVV record books, get them stamped.  IVV/AVA Record books and awards are explained here.  The start/finish area frequently includes a table with information about other events and clubs. 

Guided or Group Walks

Occasionally a regular event may be advertised as a guided or group walk.  At a guided walk, everyone meets and starts at the same time, led by a guide or guides.  Participants might be divided into two groups – fast walkers and slow walkers – each with a guide.


Year Round Events - Available Every Day

Year-Round Events (YRE) are self-guided events you can do at almost any time on almost any day.  Year-round-events are open all year as long as the business at the start is open.

Why Do YREs?

YREs are a great way to see over 75 areas within Florida and more than 1800 around the country.  If you travel, look up YRE locations (AVA Search) before you go.  These locally developed walks usually show off a particular area and can be a great way of developing a sense of place or history, and a feeling for a neighborhood, city or area other than your own.  You earn Event and Distance credit by walking these events.  The AVA record and rewards program are explained here.

They also provide great walking opportunities when no traditional events are scheduled in your area or for mid-week walking alone or with groups. 

YREs in Florida are sponsored by the Florida’s eight walking/volkssport clubs, which pick out an interesting route, prepare directions and a map, and maintain a start location.   Like traditional events, YRE walks are usually 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), but may be longer, and have a shorter route of 5 or 6 kilometers when feasible.  Bike YREs, when available, are at least 25k (15.5 miles). Find YREs at Walk Florida Events on left.

Sometimes more information about YREs can be found on club websites and in the Starting Point, an annual guide to all YREs published annually by the AVA.  These sources will include the location of the event, a short description, directions, a contact person, the trail rating, and the hours and days that the start location is open.


When can you Walk Year Round Events?

Year Round Events can be walked when businesses are open each separate day for Event and Distance Credit.  Any event can be walked once daily for event credit and twice for a distance credit with a single payment.

 

Walks from West to East and North to South

First Coast Trail Forgers

Happy Wanderers

Mid-Florida Milers

Suncoast Sandpipers

Emerald

Coast

Pensacola

Perdido Key

Meandering Manatees