Great Green Swamp Backpacking - low mileage 20 over 3 days

Hike will start Friday morning at 9:00 - see pdf file above we will be meeting at the rock ridge road entrance by Poyner road.  You will take a left down rock ridge where it turns into Deen Still.  I will provide my phone number, and I have lived in this area for the past 40 years so should hopefully be able to provide you will directions if you get lost.


Proposed itinerary:

Friday : Start Rock Ridge road - Hike 5 miles to camp at Mott Hammock site.  Set up camp and slack pack trail to Stewart homestead and or other trails in this area.

Saturday:  Hike approx 9 miles to Gator hole campsite.  Set up and then slack pack - lots of trails through this area.

Sunday:  Hike 5 ish miles to compresco road site in Dade city.  Hike end.

This will be a great hike for beginners, with low daily mileage, but opportunities to slack pack for those who want more.  Will Cache water as needed.  Was unable to get Mcneil site.  Will try again later in season. 

This is the Green Swamp so you may get your feet wet on some portions of the trail depending on weather conditions prior to hike.  Yup there are mosquitoes and ticks, snakes, spiders and all the great lovelies that inhabit a swamp.  But the great company around the campfire at night and getting to sleep in a tent more than make up for it.

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  • Eric A.

    AWESOME first hike for me. Great group of people. A SPECIAL THANKS to Mike and Sheri for hosting and supporting this hike.

    November 5, 2013

  • Rick

    Thanks for for the water supply, etc. I like to plan, especially for water availability in FL.

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • Sheri A.

      yeah, Florida river/lake water is a bit funky ;-)

      November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great hike, And I will be talking for years about that great steak we ate in the middle of the swamp.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Sheri A.

    Really great to see everyone again, thanks for making this a great hike, nice to meet some new backpackers and see the "old faithful"

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm mostly packed. Will meet you there Friday morning.

    October 30, 2013

    • Sheri A.

      I think I may start packing today ;-)

      October 31, 2013

  • Eric A.

    See ya'all Friday morning

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Eric A.

    Sheri, thank you for the information. Anyone else a hammock camper or is everyone sleeping in tents?

    October 29, 2013

    • Sheri A.

      John is our resident hammock guy, he is not attending this outing.

      October 29, 2013

    • Rick

      Tent. Somehow my Hennessy got shredded from the inside.

      October 30, 2013

  • Rick

    I see from the FTA map there's surface water at most campsites and some in between. I'm thinking about bringing one dromedary bag and a filter pump. What does everyone else think?

    October 22, 2013

    • Sheri A.

      Should be enough. I still may cache some water just because it's easy in this area and sometimes the water quality in Florida creeps me out.

      October 22, 2013

  • Sheri A.

    Mark, depending on who signs up - never know we may end up hiking farther there are plenty of opportunities for camping farther down the trail.

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea!

    October 21, 2013

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