Suncoast Chapter - Florida Trail Association

About Us

The Florida Trail Association (FTA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization incorporated in 1964.
The FTA works statewide to develop and maintain hiking trails for public use, most notably our 1,400-mile Florida Trail, designated as a National Scenic Trail in 1983.

Chartered in August 1981, the Suncoast Chapter is more than just a local hiking club. We are one of 18 local chapters of the Florida Trail Association providing a place for hikers to gather and enjoy each other's company in the great outdoors while serving the public through their trail work. We work in cooperation with the National Forests in Florida, the Federal management agency for the trail, and several dozen other landowners statewide to keep the Florida Trail open for recreational use.

The Suncoast Chapter serves a seven county area in west central and southwest Florida. The chapter serves members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Cities served by the Suncoast Chapter include Bradenton, Brooksville, Clearwater, Inverness, Sarasota, Sping Hill, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Zephyrhills. With over 700 members we are the Florida Trail Association's largest chapter.

The chapter regularly maintains over 200 miles of trail and offers recreational events throughout the region.
Our members lead and participate in many activities, including a yearly clam bake, the popular Sunday
morning Exercise Walk at Lettuce Lake Park, and the long running annual Stone Soup gathering each January.

The Suncoast Chapter maintains The Florida Trail between US 98 north of Lakeland and Hernando, including all of the Withlacoochee State Forest. The chapter also maintains 10 Loop trails: Citrus, Croom, Green Swamp West, Hillsborough River State Park, Little Manatee State Park, Myakka River State Park, Potts Preserve, Richloam, Upper Hillsborough and Withlacoochee River Park.

Chapter meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of every odd numbered month at different locations.
Please see the Activities page on this website for exact time and place.
Suncoast Chapter Factsheet