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Hiker's Guide to the Sunshine State (Wild Florida) Paperback – December 14, 2005
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A trail-by-trail guide to hiking and walking opportunities in Florida...a well-done guide, easy to use and inclusive. -- Southeastern Naturalist
A treasure trove of trail trekking This book will greatly simplify anyone's search for the trail less traveled. -- Tampa Tribune, Feb. 19, 2006
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Having been spoiled by the more focused and incredibly detailed "50 Hikes," I know I'm more critical of this guide than others would be. I would probably choose to rate it a 3 1/2 if I had the chance, but it's better than a 3 so I went with 4. What I miss in this book are the trail maps and detailed hiking directions. What I appreciate is that so many different trails are covered, it is a wonderful overview of what is available, and the reader can follow up on Friend's website for additional details. Key points for each trail are listed including logistics and highlights and the trails are split into geographic regions which helps for planning purposes. A state map broken down by region and an overview chart in the beginning are both good reference tools.
If you are hiking one particular region of the state, like I did with Central Florida, you are better off with one of Friend's regional guides. If you'd like to get a feel for what trails are available throughout Florida, though, this book is for you. As a practical field guide it must be supplemented with information from trail websites or Friend's own site, but as an introduction it is useful and comprehensive.