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January 2014
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January Spotlight: Florida

In the coming months, RTC will be highlighting a few of the states doing great things for trails.
This month, it’s the Sunshine State.
Trail of the Month
Catfish Crawl on the Blountstown Greenway Bike Trail (BFD) The Unlikely Hero of Florida’s Blountstown Greenway

Local radio station owner Harry Hagan was not a biker or a runner, but he did have a passion for his community in the Florida Panhandle. Now, thanks to Hagan and a number of other local champions, the Blountstown Greenway Bike Trail is number one with a bullet.

Visit this January's Trail of the Month.
What Could the Supreme Court’s Decision Mean for Rail-Trails? Find Out.
On Tuesday, oral arguments were held in a landmark court case over a rail-trail inside Medicine Bow National Forest. RTC staff were on hand and watching closely—here’s our analysis of how it went.
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From the Magazine
Trail-Hopping the Florida Keys
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (Josh Ritchie)
As unlikely as it is spectacular, the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail—almost 80 miles from Key Largo to Key West—made for a spectacular cover feature in our Winter 2014 issue. See what all the fuss about.
In Tallahassee, the (Bicycle) House that Scot Built
Bicycle House After three months in a coma following a horrific accident, Scot Benton found it difficult to get his life back on track. When he reemerged into society, he found his passion for biking could really help make positive change in his community.
Love a Little History with Your Hike?
Riders at the Greenway Sojourn (RTC) With a rich history and diversity of trails, the Sunshine state has a lot to offer. Joe Dunn (a.k.a "The Florida Trailblazer") offers RTC readers his Top 5 Trails for Local History.
Let the Fun Shine in the Sunshine State
Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail (TrailLink.com) Florida is in the top 15 in the country for number open rail-trails. More than 40 of them are listed on TrailLink.com. The Pinellas Trail, along the state’s west coast, is a Hall of Famer, and the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail was the cover story in the most recent issue of Rails to Trails magazine. Plan an amazing adventure on the 110-mile Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, one of America’s longest rail-trails, or on the dozens of other Sunshine State trails listed on TrailLink.com.
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Early Warning System
Rail corridor abandonments could mean new trails that connect your community to great opportunities—like this one in Mississippi.

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See a list of the latest abandonments.
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