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The Northeast Everglades Trails Association (NETA) is a nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hikers, bicycle riders, horseback riders, water trails, and other passive trail users. Our goal is to support trails by finding common ground and promoting cooperation among all trail interests. We support local, regional and long-distance trails and greenways, whether they are in backcountry, rural or urban areas.  We work in partnership with government agencies, local businesses and other nonprofit groups to create and protect a network of interconnected trails throughout the Northeast Everglades region.

What we do…

Get people on trails!  We have hikes, off-road bicycle rides, horseback rides and trail activities throughout the year, including the Annual Ocean To Lake Greenway Celebration – an exciting shared-use trail experience. Trail events occur year-round.

Build partnerships with our land managers!  Our public lands are managed by skilled professionals and we provide input and volunteer help to create engaging recreational opportunities. We assist our government partners by helping to establish and maintain trails.

Educate the public!  We want everyone to know how amazing our natural lands and parks are – once you know about them, we know you’ll fight to keep them. Our outdoor experiences include sessions on trail etiquette with multiple types of users, trail safety, and information on local plants and animals.

NETA Trail Hikes to Jonathan Dickinson State Park

NETA is a new shared use trail organization focused the acquisition and stewardship of shared use trails in our natural areas and parks.   NETA has an executive board comprised of hikers, cyclists, paddlers and equestrians. Together we encourage access, maintenance, education and stewardship of trails in the Northeast Everglades area.

The need for “NETA” was sparked by the denial of access to publicly owned lands that have been historically used by the local residents for eco recreation, prior to acquisition by government.

If you would like to be on the email list of events for NETA, please contact Stephen Hinkle @ sjhinkle@earthlink.netPlease indicate your area of interest, hiking, biking, equestrian, paddling, or ALL!

Love the Land - Build a Trail!

 NETA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization located in the Northeast Everglades area.  We organize frequent hiking, biking, paddling and equestrian outings in our Northeast Everglades area. Our intent is to provide rewarding experiences which will encourage responsible use of and stewardship of our natural areas and parks.


Ocean To Lake Greenway

Feb. 20, 21, 22   2015

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Juno Dunes Hike Friday Nov 28th Thanksgiving Weekend
Elliot Miller
Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 AM


About Juno Dunes Natural Area (from Diversity is the name of the game along the trail at Juno Dunes, where you’ll find not just coastal scrub atop the Atlantic Coastal Ridge but an interesting mosaic of wetlands among the swale between ancient dunes. Juno Beach is a small seaside community north of West Palm Beach, and this preserve encompasses a nice chunk of it — 576 acres – between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. There are two loop trails, Juno Dunes West and Juno Dunes East, flanking US 1. While shade is at a premium, the botanical diversity makes this a worthy destination for an early morning hike, with the bonus of a day at the beach or a tour of the sea turtle rehabilitation center at Loggerhead Park – the Marinelife Center of Juno Beach – to make it a well-rounded visit.


Possible wildlife sightings: gopher tortoises, scrub lizards, scrub jays, and various aquatic life along the Intercoastal.


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Atlantic Ridge Preserve Thanksgiving Weekend Hike 11/29
Elliot Miller
 Saturday November 29th!

Experience One of the Florida Park Service’s Best Kept Secrets!


Located just across the South Fork of the St. Lucie River from Halpatiokee Park in Stuart, just west of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, and just north of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, the 5,800-acre Atlantic Ridge Preserve State Park (ARP) adds an important piece to the puzzle of preserving one of the largest areas of undeveloped coastal land left in South Florida. Its pristine wetlands and uplands encompass eleven distinct natural communities, including an abundance of wet flatwoods and wet prairie. As ARP’s management plan states, “The preserve is home to at least eight plant and 15 animal species that are considered endangered, threatened, of special concern, or commercially exploited. Notable species include the snowy orchid, reindeer lichen, American alligator, Gopher tortoise, Florida manatee, bald eagle and a variety of wading birds.”

Still in the process of developing it for public use, the Florida Park Service (FPS) does not yet advertise or promote ARP. In fact, you can’t even find ARP on the official FPS web site! But ARP is now unofficially open for limited public use, 8 AM to 5 PM seven days a week. Normally, you’d need to call Jonathan Dickinson State Park to get an access code for the locked gate and then pay your $6.00 per vehicle or $4.00 per person fee at ARP’s honor box.


But why hassle with all of that? Join other NETA hikers for a group hike on the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving. The gate will be open for us between 9:30 and 10:00 and you can car pool with other hikers to split the entrance fee.


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Florida Hiking Trails (PDF 3.4 MB)
Florida Paddling Trails (PDF 4.4 MB)

55 Off-Road Bikers - 2011 OTL
Off-Road Bikers Ready to Roll - 2011 OTL

Hobe Grove Canal Crossing - 2010 OTL
Hobe Grove Canal Crossing - 2010 OTL

Multi-Use / Shared Trails - 2010 OTL
Multi-Use / Shared Trails - 2010 OTL

NETA Loxahatchee River Kayak Trip
NETA Loxahatchee River Kayak Trip

NETA Trail Hike 2009
NETA Trail Hike 2009

2011 OTL Horse Trailer
2011 OTL Horse Trailer

2011 OTL Event Photo
2011 OTL Event Photo

2011 OTL Bikers
2011 OTL Event Photo

2011 OTL Horses
2011 OTL (100 Horses Cross the Road)

2011 OTL Bike Trailer
2011 OTL - Bicycle Shuttle Service

Riding Through the Tunnel - 2010 OTL
Riding Through the Tunnel