Florida, Yes, Florida, Has One Of The Best Winter Hikes
When it comes to winter outdoor adventures to jump into, you are typically either strapping your boots or lacing them up. To recognize the latter, Travel and Leisure recently named the eight best winter hikes in America, and a Florida destination made the list.
“In the winter, the best hiking trails across the U.S. mostly clear out — you can walk for miles without seeing another soul,” Travel and Leisure exclaims. They also note, many people turn away from winter hikes simply because they are not prepared with the proper gear.
Sure, there are some major technique differences between winter and warm weather hiking in northern regions of the country. This includes having comfortable boots vs. boots that can dig into ice and snowy conditions. Of course, the proper clothing and covering is necessary. In Florida, this means, making sure your clothing is lightweight and you have plenty of water to keep hydrating.
Of the eight hikes that were named as the best for the winter, this Florida trail was the only one in south to make the list. In fact, five of the eight are located out west. Only Cumberland Trail in Tennessee and Acadia National Park in Maine were locations not out west to make the list.
Appropriately, in Florida, the trail named as one of the best winter hikes, requires us to head up north.
Suwannee River State Park – Florida National Scenic Trail
Winter in Florida is significantly different than winter up north, a hike during this season in the Sunshine State can have a different appeal. For starters, this could simply mean hiking during the winter season where the temperature could drop to 60 or 70 degrees. For out-of-staters, this could mean escaping the cold and heading down to Suwannee River State Park during the winter.
Regardless, here are some important details about this trail. “Explore a white-sand beach and the sinks, swales, and sloughs found within the 2,500-acre Suwannee River Water Management District,” Travel and Leisure suggests. In addition, Florida State Parks calls this region a “hiker’s paradise.” It offers over 18 miles of hiking space, and even paths for runners to take it all in.