Hiking

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Sutton embraces opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Zack Sutton is usually busy with school. That comes with the territory of being in college. But his requirement to hit the books hasn’t stopped him from finding time to enjoy the outdoors. It beats staying inside to watch television. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Glamping offers a different take on camping

Glamping offers a different take on camping

Camping is a popular outdoor activity, but for those who don’t want to rough it in the traditional sense, there is an alternative. And that’s where Glamping, a buzzword coined in 2005, comes into the picture. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as […]

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

One doesn’t have to go far to find adventure in this area. There’s even a club for it right here on the Gulf Coast. Launched in Fort Walton Beach more than 15 years ago, the Adventure Club provides outdoor enthusiasts in the area the opportunity to do a variety of activities, including cycling, hiking, kayaking […]

Blackwater State Park popular destination for outdoor lovers

Blackwater State Park popular destination for outdoor lovers

Mention Florida and sunshine and sandy beaches come to mind. But the Blackwater River State Park is far from a hidden treasure. Contrary to what some may think, it’s a destination hot spot. “We get quite a bit of attention,” especially in the hot, summer months,” Park Services Specialist Darryl Hatfield said.  “At the state […]

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

In remembrance: Nanninga’s final journey on the Appalachian Trail

As fall approached, Jim Nanninga was eager to complete his mission of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Derailed by an ankle injury last November after hiking more than 1,200 miles of the 2,180-mile trail over the course of three months, he rested and recovered and rolled out of Fort Walton Beach Sept. 6 via Greyhound […]

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

Area residents share their stories of hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the Footpath for the People and spans nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. It’s a bucket list item for the most serious of hikers. There are also sections that make for great day hikes for those with less experience. Famed travel author Bill Bryson summed up hiking the trail in […]

Never-ending work along the Florida Trail

Never-ending work along the Florida Trail

Ed Williamson had no idea the Florida Trail existed, at least not until a chance encounter with people from the Western Gate Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. He came across a booth at an Earth Day event in Pensacola and the rest is history. “I was curious about it and asked some questions and […]

Boy Scouts battle lost appeal of great outdoors

Boy Scouts battle lost appeal of great outdoors

Outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking and swimming all used to be enough to attract youth into the Boy Scouts. Not anymore. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Wildlife Management Areas have come a long way

Wildlife Management Areas have come a long way

One purchase of land in 1941 has blossomed into something that now serves as a home for some of Florida’s most well-known and threatened wildlife species. It also provides a place for hunters and anglers to enjoy while allowing others to take advantage of golden wildlife viewing opportunities. Wildlife Management Areas now cover nearly 6 […]

Camping still worth enjoying in the winter months

Camping still worth enjoying in the winter months

Missy Smothers used to work at Denali National Park in Alaska, where camping isn’t exactly among the most popular activities in winter months. Yet, the story is different in Florida and other warm weather climates, where many still flock to area parks in their recreational vehicles or set up their tents in order to enjoy […]

Gulf Power helps energize regional trail idea

Gulf Power helps energize regional trail idea

Gulf Power is stepping up to help promote the outdoors. The Atlanta-based company, which serves more than 400,000 customers in Northwest Florida, sponsored a forum and two-day workshop that focused on the development of a regional trail that can be used for walking, hiking and biking. The trail would connect South Alabama to Blackwater State […]

Phelan sets sights on breaking Florida National Scenic Trail speed record

Phelan sets sights on breaking Florida National Scenic Trail speed record

Phil Phelan loves to hike, but it wasn’t until five years ago that he started doing it professionally. His decision to go that route came at a time in his life things weren’t going so well. He was in the construction business and then went into sales, but the recession hurt business. “Life was tough,” […]