Launching Florida’s Trail Town Program

A Trail Town is a vibrant destination where people come together.

by Doug Alderson, paddling trails coordinator, Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

About the Author

Doug Alderson works as the assistant bureau chief for the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails, part of DEP’s Division of Recreation and Parks, helping to coordinate the planning and promotion of non-motorized trails throughout the state. Prior to his current role, he mapped the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail and he continues to coordinate the state’s designated paddling trails. In his free time, he is an avid cyclist, hiker and paddler. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, coordinated a group walk across the United States, and backpacked through Europe. He is also an award-winning author of several published books, including A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions, Wild Florida Adventures, andThe Great Florida Seminole Trail. In 2015, he was awarded the first ever Environmental Leadership Award by Paddle Florida.

Contact: [email protected]

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