Birth of the Florida Trail Historical

Birth of the Florida Trail Historical (HM1WY2)

Location: Paisley, FL 32767 Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 58.601', W 81° 33.01'

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On October 29, 1966, Jim Kern, founder of the Florida Trail Association, and like-minded hiking enthusiasts began building the Florida Trail at the entrance to Clearwater Lake Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. The first 26-mile section, completed in 1969, extended northwest through the forest from here to State Road 40. In 1983, the Florida Trail earned Congressional recognition, and was designated the Florida National Scenic Trail under the National Trails System Act of 1968. The Florida Trail is one of eleven National Scenic Trails and one of three contained within a single state. As of the 50th anniversary of the trail in 2016, more than 1000 miles of continuous trail have been completed through the efforts of many volunteers. The trail spans the length of the state from Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the Panhandle, with a spur trail into Alabama, connecting it to a national trail network from Florida to the Canadian border. Each year many thousands of Floridians and visitors from around the world discover the "real Florida" while walking this footpath that passes through the state's varied ecosystems.
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HM NumberHM1WY2
Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe Florida Trail Association and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 446401 N 3205527
Decimal Degrees28.97668333, -81.55016667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 58.601', W 81° 33.01'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 58' 36.06" N, 81° 33' 0.6" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)352
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Florida Trail, Paisley FL 32767, US
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