I thru-hiked the Florida Trail in 2022. Along with many other hikers I wondered how many miles of trail did I actually get to walk... It should be an easy question to answer right?
A quick google says less than 250 miles of road walk are on the trail. Anyone who has hiked the FT can tell you that number seems way too low.
Well I took the time to count all sections of trail as officially marked by the Florida Trail Association as found here.
According to the GIS information provided, there are only 586.41 miles of designated trail path if you follow east around Okeechobee and east around Orlando.
The FT for 2022 has over 521 miles of non-trail path or said another way over 47% of the trail is non-trail! Enjoy :)
This obviously is not 100% accurate since some sections of dirt/road are dubiously marked as trail, which means there is actually even less trail to walk... Below are some fun examples: