Hillsborough County challenges Tampa Bay to hike public lands

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

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."


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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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