TGIF Hike: Little-Big Econ State Forest

TGIF hike at Little Big Econ State Forest, 840 Barr St, Geneva, FL 32732. There is a per person usage fee. We’ll do a three-mile or so yo-yo hike on the Florida Trail. The trail is mostly shady, and for part of the hike, we'll hike along the bluff overlooking the river. After the hike, those who want can continue the fun with dinner at Café Panuzzo’s in Oviedo. No pets, please.

Public is invited. Leisure

For more information contact leader:

Joan Jarvis

e-mail: [masked]

Phone: [masked] evenings after 6:30.

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  • Joan J.

    Thanks to all with your patience when I had to take a break. Most of all, thanks to Eve for taking over!

    July 15, 2013

  • Nancy

    thnks Joan for leading the hike.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Nancy

    enjoyed the hike. got a few chigger bites but great hike & company!

    July 14, 2013

  • Pamela F.

    Nice time, good to meet everyone. Looking forward to another hike.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • kath

    Great time, great place, and great people!

    July 13, 2013

  • Douglas K.

    nice, but I need to get out and prune!

    July 13, 2013

  • chip c.

    The Econ Forest is always a great place to play. I loved being with the large group. It was fun. Thanks to the FTA for the experience.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Missy M.

    I'm about to leave work...is the parking lot large enough for this many people? Overflow parking nearby?

    July 12, 2013

  • Joan J.

    Lisa, if you have anything made of wicking fabric, that would be great, if not, whatever makes you combfortable--t-shirt and shorts, t-shirt and capris. Just remember it's hot and buggy. Bring some bug spray! The trail,, though cleared last winter, is getting a little overgrown with plants responding to all the rain, so you'll be brushed by shrubs and grasses.

    July 12, 2013

  • Rebecca S.

    Sorry to miss this but hope to make a TGIF hike another time.

    July 12, 2013

  • John W.

    Just hiked Split Oak Forest on 06/27/2013. It was wet and very buggy mosquito wise. All of the low spots are under water or muddy.
    Summer in Florida. :)
    Unless you are on a paved bike trail like West Orange expect mud, water, washed out sand, sugar sand that is like walking in wet cement, and enough pterodactyl sized mosquitoes to sink a battleship.
    On the other hand, many of our local fauna such as Gopher Tortoise and scrub Jays have adapted well to this climate and are easy to find.
    Bring a dry pair of socks or shoes, lots of water, and avoid cotton T-shirts and blue jeans.

    June 28, 2013

    • John W.

      Of course for this hike, adjust that to lots of water bug spray and dry everything for after the hike.

      June 28, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      What would you recommend wearing (first time hiker lol)

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We aren't going to be able to make it on time. Looking forward to the next one.

    July 12, 2013

  • kath

    On the news last night they advised a bobcat tested positive for rabies in the Geneva area, I'm still attending, just fyi.

    July 12, 2013

  • Pamela F.

    Where does the group meet? I would like to attend this hike.

    July 12, 2013

  • Joan J.

    All are welcome--teenagers, children capable of hiking 3 miles, oldsters beginners, novices, the ultra-experienced. If I'm leading it (and I am), it will be SLOW and easy. Very beginner friendly. There are two 4-6 foot descents that are rooty and steep, but obviously short. Again, please bring bug spray!

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Would I be able to bring my 15 year old daughter with me? She just flew back from NY last night and I'd like to spend this time with her. If adults only, no problem. I will catch you all another time.

    July 11, 2013

  • chip c.

    I love the Econ. It is always great to get a chance to play along the river.

    July 11, 2013

  • Joan J.

    Rain? Rain or shine, I'll be at the trailhead at the appointed time. If it's pouring, we'll wait a while to see if it clears enough to get in even a short hike. We'll stay put if there's thunder and lightning. If it never clears enough to hike, we'll just go to dinner. If there's a lot of rain on Thursday or Friday, you'll probably want a dry pair of shoes to put on after the hike. Please bring BUG SPRAY. The mosquitos in there are fierce and hungry.

    July 10, 2013

  • Joan J.

    Jackie, most hikers in Florida hike in sneakers or trail runners. If you have boots and want to wear them, that's fine too.

    July 10, 2013

  • Dewane

    I am new to the group...and am excited about fresh air and new friends. See you all on Friday!

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Mary V.

    Is it okay to bring a camera?

    June 27, 2013

    • John W.

      I am an avid photo taker, my advice is to bring a simple phone camera or a point n shoot. Think sports and action and set your camera up ahead of time. Lots of great opportunities on the trail.

      June 28, 2013

  • Joan J.

    I'm afraid this hike has already been advertised and we have a large group who have responded that they plan to attend. If you'll check on this website, I am leading an early morning (7:30 a.m.) hike on two upcoming Saturdays. Hopefully those will work better for you.

    June 28, 2013

  • Sabe

    just wondering, would you consider having hike at a little later time or a different day such as Sat or Sun? I think the 6 p.m. time is right around the rush hour traffic which is horrible especially if you work and want to get there in time.

    June 28, 2013

  • Joan J.

    A couple more thoughts. If it's been raining a lot, you might want to bring an extra pair of shoes for after the hike. Last weekend the trail approach was flooded just enough to involve about a dozen yards of wading. The wading had turned to mud by Tuesday evening. Also, the mosquitos are out in squadrons, and they're hungry. Be sure to bring bug spray! For something pleasant: several plants are in bloom along the trail--little surprises of yellow and purple as I hiked along.

    June 28, 2013

  • Joan J.

    Mary Virginia, it's fine to bring a camera. Just be aware that we won't be able to stop for a shot that requires setup and you'll need to stay with the group to avoid getting lost. There are a lot of "social" trails out there that could be confusing if you fell behind. It would be great if you'd share your photos here after the hike!

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could join you. This is my weekend to work.

    June 27, 2013

  • Richard D.

    I'm a veteran (Coast Guard) and have experience in woodworking, mechanics and CADD drafting; I'm interested in volunteer opportunities to do planning, building, maintenance and repair work on trails and facilities

    June 18, 2013

  • Richard D.

    I just discovered your group and would like to participate. I just moved up to Winter Park last October after my home got foreclosed upon; now I'm looking for work to recover financially and involvement in volunteer activities to satisfy more personal and social interests. I'm a Christian, veteran (Coast Guard)and woodworker at heart. I like designing, fixing and making things while helping people with the skills and talents I have been granted.

    June 17, 2013

  • jon p.

    There's one VERY short steep place of about 4 feet. And if I'm leading it (which I am), it will be slow and easy. The hike will be and out-and-back of no mroe than 3 miles.

    June 16, 2013

    • jon p.

      Not sure why the system thinks I'm Jon Phipps. I'm Joan Jarvis, leader for this activity.

      June 16, 2013

  • Marilyn B.

    I tried following the Florida Trail from the West side of the Snow Hill Bridge, intending to make it to the Barr Street Trail head, but lost the trail and had to detour to the mountain bike trial - how far is that part of the trail anyway?

    June 16, 2013

    • jon p.

      I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "that part of the trail," but the trail from the Flagler Trailhead on Snow Hill Road to the bridge is about 4 miles. From the Barr Street trailhead to the bridge is a little over two miles. Hope that helps.

      June 16, 2013

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