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Moonlit Hike at Hal Scott Preserve

Moonlit Hike at Hal Scott Preserve, 3871 Dallas Blvd, Orlando (2 miles).  Meet at 7 PM; we'll hike a mile to a campsite where we cook our own brats/hotdogs (bring your own meat and bun, condiments will be provided, along with fixins for S'mores).  Bring meat/bun, a light or two, some insect repellent and water/drinks.  Event will be cancelled in case of rain.

Note: the trail conditions are too wet for the originally planned bike ride.

GPS Coords: 28°29'10.0"N 81°05'42.0"W

Public is invited. Moderate

For more information, contact leader:

Jon Phipps



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  • Becky M.

    The wetness was the only downfall but grateful the rain let up so I could enjoy the hike and the time spent with nice people.

    July 12, 2014

  • jon p.

    Hi, all. Met Ed at Hal Scott today; his comments bolster my reasoning for the hike vs. bike choice. That said, Ed may still take his bike (he bikes there several X a week). Ed's also a birder, so perhaps he can ID some for us. I'll be there for the hike, and it'll go, unless there are T-storms.

    July 11, 2014

  • Edward

    Puddles and soft mud. Tried to ride the white trail on my hybrid with trail tires the 2.88 mi rd trp at 7.0 mph at 10am this morning from the Dallas Blvd entrance to the campsite. Saw Jon. Entire trail squishy; 3 large puddles cover the entire trail width in some parts. Had to walk bike in one very muddy section. The pond and 3 canals are full of water and everything is nice and lush. Had binoculars but did not see the rare red-cockaded woodpecker this time. Every January birders from all over U.S. attending the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife festival pay $50.00 for a 5am guided Hal Scott tour in hopes of seeing the Hal Scott colonies of this rare 8" bird with tiny red spot. The trees painted with large white bands have natural or man-made nests. Hal Scott is one of the few places in the U.S. to see it. Kiosk is empty -no trail guides. You may want to print one from the sjrwmd dot com website. Sorry for the long note.

    July 11, 2014

  • Carl A.

    Jon Phipps asked me to notify everyone that we will not be doing the bike ride; the trail conditions are just too soupy to ride. However, we will do the 1 mile hike to the campsite and back. So bring your food, drinks, flashlights and bug spray to enjoy the moonlit campfire.

    July 10, 2014

  • jon p.

    Hi, all. I've checked our rte. out & it doesn't look good; rains have made the dirt/shell rds. slow & left some daunting pools. If the rains don't abate considerably, we may have to hike rather than bike; will make that decision as we assemble. Just wanted to warn all; the hike will still be fun. (If we hike, hard-core riders can bike, minus me.)

    June 30, 2014

  • jon p.

    Hi, all. Not sure if a couple responses I made to queries in fact got out, so will state: Re. the need for mtn. bikes: We'll be on hard-packed dirt-and-shell roads. As it's the rainy season, a mtn. bike will work best. If you want to try a skinny-tired bike, you have the option to turn back if it's not going so well, but of course this will be on your own. And Antohony asked about non-bikers attending: they'd be welcome to hike the easy mile or so to the campsite and participate in that part of the evening; they'd not be "official" participants as your humble leader won't be with them; this is a wide-open area and the route. is easy, so come on and take your chances. Yrs., Jon P.

    June 11, 2014

  • Missy M.

    This is near my house, nothing is paved, as I recall it's the same loose gravelly material as the parking area

    June 10, 2014

  • Anthony B.

    Can we bring family who aren't going to bike?

    June 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What if you don't have a bike? Will you be able to rent one?

    June 9, 2014

    • Joan J.

      Sara, I'm afraid that there isn't any place at Hal Scott to rent a bike. Sorry.

      June 9, 2014

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