Hillsborough County challenges Tampa Bay to hike public lands

The hiking spree starts this month and runs through March 31.

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click to enlarge Hiking in Florida: *much* easier than hiking in Utah. And not nearly as chilly... - Cathy Salustri
Cathy Salustri
Hiking in Florida: *much* easier than hiking in Utah. And not nearly as chilly...

Get out.

Actually, get outside. That's the message Hillsborough County's sending with its 2019 Hiking Spree, a challenge that started on November 1 and ends on March 31, 2019.

The point is simple: Go hiking. And, in Florida, that doesn't mean you need poles and boots and gear, because we're a relatively level state, so most of our hikes are fun (some can be challenging) and also not nearly as snowy as a lot of other places. And it's also pretty easy to win your medallion or patch — all you have to do is register and hike any eight of these trails by March 31, then bring your completed form to one of the designated drop-off locations. And yes, you can hike the same Hillsborough trail more than once for credit towards the eight, so long as you do as on different days.

Bonus: Exercise, fresh air and making good on that fated 2018 New Years resolution to "be more active."


About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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