- Publisher: Watula Press
- Editor: Linda Patton
- Available in: Paperback, Limited Edition Hardcover
- ISBN: ISBN 978-0-9898495-2-4
- Published: October 18, 2016
It starts in a swamp, and ends on a beach. It has no mountains, but it is the most botanically diverse trail in the United States. The Florida Trail stretches 1,400 miles across two time zones in a single state. In 1966, a small group of trailblazers started painting blazes in several Florida locations to provide Floridians with a place to go backpacking.
Fifty years later, the statewide Florida Trail, a ribbon of federally-protected footpath between the Big Cypress Swamp and Pensacola Beach, provides day hikers and backpackers access to an extraordinary array of Florida habitats, primitive campsites, and unique natural destinations across Florida’s public lands.
This commemorative retrospective of the history of the Florida National Scenic Trail shares the stories of those who have played a part in building, maintaining, and experiencing this national treasure, and recounts the paralleling history of the volunteer organization created to develop the trail, the Florida Trail Association.
It is a showy 9×12″ coffee table book with 228 pages in full color. It includes 725 color images and 79 black and white images, drawing on both our personal photography of the Florida Trail over the past twenty years and historic archival images from a variety of sources, including the Florida Trail Association. It was printed in United States.
- A limited edition hardcover of 250 copies, signed by the authors and numbered. Less than half remain.
- A limited edition softcover version ideal for gifts or for your library of trail books.
INSIDE THE BOOK
Jim Kern, the founder of the Florida Trail, contributed the foreword. He provides both a look back and a look ahead at the enthusiasm that carried his idea into reality. The afterword is by Carlos Schomaker, the President of the Florida Trail Association during its 50th anniversary year. Rick Ehle provided the botanical expertise for identification of wildflowers throughout the book. Retired librarian and long-time Florida Trail volunteer Linda “Earthworm” Patton dug through the details as our editor.
Among the book’s many pages of history, photos of the trail and its builders, and stories from hikers and FTA members, you’ll also find:
- A full page 2016 map of the Florida Trail.
- A section devoted to the sections of the Florida Trail, with contemporary images.
- A photo gallery of all Florida Trail System trails, with GPS coordinates to trailheads.
- A bibliography of all books written about the Florida Trail.
- Photos and stories from the first hikers to walk end-to-end on the Florida Trail.
- Photos and stories from Florida Trail thru-hikers.
- Full rosters of recipients of the Florida Trail Association’s top awards: Cornelia Burge Award, John Weary Trail Worker Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award
- A photo gallery and timeline for all FTA Presidents.
- Historic maps, dating back as far as 1969.
- A photo gallery of 16 years of Florida Trail themed quilts by Linda Benton.
- A list of all FTA Chapters and when they were established.
- Images of most of the patches issued by the Florida Trail Association.
- A six page index, which includes everyone we were able to identify in photos.
SAMPLE PAGES (Click to Enlarge)
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