In 2014, a new segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) removed two miles from a road walk along busy U.S. Hwy. 331. The new trail is in the forest, making it a safer and more scenic route.

The expanded trail route stretches for two miles north of Owl's Head Rd. The south end is a trailhead on the west side of Hwy 331 where the trail crosses the highway to the east. This junction is 9.2 miles south of I-10 and 5.2 miles north of SR 20, Freeport.The north end is on the west side of US 331 at Eglin Range Rd. 205, which is Segrest Rd. on Google map. Google Earth's label is Co Hwy 282 AKA Site C-6 Cutoff. The intersection sign says "Eglin Site C6". See maps page: wholeo.net/Trips/Travel/Florida/panhandle/uncities/ScenicTrail/Eglin/331expansion/ft331expansionMaps.htm. Or wholeo.net trail page: wholeo.net/Trips/Travel/Florida/panhandle/uncities/ScenicTrail/Eglin/331expansion/ft331expansion.htm

Countdown videos tracking trail development in 10 steps leading up to this day:
Step 1: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta1 - Need
Step 2: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta2 - Proposal
Step 3: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta3 - Approval
Step 4: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta4 - Design and Layout
Step 5: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta5 - Flagging
Step 6: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta6 - Approval Route
Step 7: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta7 - Pinning
Step 8: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta8 - Logistics
Step 9: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta9 - Construction
Step 10: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta10 - Opening
This is Step 10a: vimeo.com/wholeo/fta10a - Official Trail Opening Hike

Hike Meetup site: meetup.com/Florida-Trail-Choctawhatchee-Chapter/events/174370952/
Hike Meetup photos: meetup.com/Florida-Trail-Choctawhatchee-Chapter/photos/22392662/

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