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Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle describes thirty of the area’s finest hikes that highlight some of the best natural areas in the region, many on trails that are not shared with cyclists, skateboarders, or horses. This user-friendly guide features ten short family walks, including a trip to Falling Waters State Park (the site of Florida’s highest waterfall); eleven day hikes to such places as Big Shoals State Park and Lake Eaton Sinkhole; and nine backpacking adventures that include portions of the 1,400-mile Florida Trail. It provides all the information you need to make the most of exploring North Florida and the Panhandle by foot. Look inside to find: • Hikes suited to every ability • Directions to the trailheads • Comprehensive trail descriptions, maps, and elevation profiles • Mile-by-mile directional cues • Difficulty ratings, average hiking times, best hiking seasons, and elevation gain/loss for every featured hike • Area-specific tips on safety, hiking ethics, plants and animals, preserving the environment, and more
About the Author
M. Timothy O'Keefe, head of the Journalism division at the University of Central Florida, has published 13 books, over 1,000 magazine articles and more than 5,000 photographs. His work has appeared in several National Geographic books, National Geographic Traveler, Time-Life Books, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Scientific American, Travel & Leisure, Caribbean Travel & Life, Reader's Digest Magazine, and Reader's Digest Books. O'Keefe's writing and photography have won more than 50 regional and national awards. The Florida Outdoor Writer's Association (FOWA) named his Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year: Florida with Georgia and Alabama Coasts "Best Book" of 1997. The following year, FOWA named The Spicy Camp Cookbook (Menasha Ridge Press) as the "Best Book" of 1998. Tampa Bay Magazine has called him "Florida's premier wildlife photographer and writer."