Backpacking Overnight - Florida Trail, Pruitt to Ross Prairie to SW 49th Avenue

  • March 15, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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WITH THIS GROUP SO THINKING WE NEED TO GO TO THE BLUE GATOR ON SUNDAY AFTER THE HIKE.

http://blue-gator.com/

Date:  Saturday 3/15 - 3/16. 2014 

Mileage:  12.4 miles

Backpacking Overnight Trip full gear for primitive camping will be needed.


Saturday:  Pruitt Trailhead to Ross Prairie - 6.2 miles


Sunday:  Ross Prairie to SW 49th Ave - 6.2 miles

As a protected corridor south of Ocala, this section of the Florida Trail is the westernmost segment on the Cross Florida Greenway, showing off the unusual terrain created during construction of the Cross Florida Ship Canal in the 1930s. It’s one of the few places in Central Florida you’ll find switchbacks along a hike, and the sculpted terrain, now cloaked in forest, provides excellent scenic views down into the surrounding forest and diggings. 

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  • Bill S.

    Another piece of info on the campground. At Ross Prairie it is mostly for RVs. Over the other side of the fence there is a space for 'primitive camping' but you need to contact Ross Prairie and reserve. The fee is $5 per person per night. There is another primitive campground where we ended up staying that is really beautiful but it is on the "wrong" blue trail, the more southern of the two and it is about a mile or more out and back - - and you will need to come back, in order to get on the correct blue trail, the more northern of the two, in order to get back out to the AT.

    March 21

  • Bill S.

    If you want to stay at the primitive campground that we stayed at, you are supposed to reserve first. I believe there is no fee but there are signs posted (see my pix) with the phone number to call. If you don't want the extra two mile detour, best bet is to go to Spring Park about a mile and a half past Ross Prairie where there is a water source, a spring you will need to climb down to and probably filter. There is water at Ross Prairie campground but it is still a mile away from these primitive camping areas, so you will want to fill up at Ross and then camp at Spring Park if you need more for the night.

    March 21

  • Bill S.

    Andy and AnnMarie,
    Had a blast! Haven't had a moment since getting back to post my pix but will soon. That was such a nice section of the FT like nothing I have been on in Florida. Donna and others, please read Andy's info on the Ross Prairie campsite and primitive campsites available in the area, as well as heads up on finding the correct one of two blue trails leading out from Ross Campground. Only one joins the FT. That said, I HIGHLY recommend this hike to all Trekkers.

    March 21

  • anne marie m.

    Thanks for all the backpacking tips Bill and Andy. The hike was great and the weather perfect. Hope to do it again soon. Andy, the pictures are really good! I stopped by McDonalds on the way home and bought Noelle a hamburger, a special treat!

    March 17

  • Donna

    How was that section I have heard it is an interesting hike with switchbacks I like it that it had changing terrain.

    March 17

    • Andy

      We found out the hard way that the Ross Prairie park has 2 loop trails. The local host camper was a little directionally challenged when pointing us towards the continuing trail. Added about 3 miles to our trip. It did lead to a nice camp site though.

      1 · March 17

    • Andy

      "Spring Park" was the 2nd camp area. It has a spring of sorts that water could be filtered from, if you choose to bypass Ross Park using the north section of trail where it splits before getting to Ross. Getting the water will require a bucket (there was actually one there yesterday), as it's down a cave like hole. (see pic)

      March 17

  • Andy

    Bill and Anne, had a great time hiking with you. Looking forward to future hikes.

    1 · March 16

  • Bill S.

    Andy and Bill are heading to the end point now to drop a car. Will be back at Pruitt at 10:50.

    March 15

  • Donna

    Cell[masked] I live about 25 miles from here so if you need info or something call me

    March 15

  • Donna

    Pruitt TH 5 miles to Ross prairie there is a blue spur loop trail to a campground with potable water then loop continues back to the main trail remember orange blazes on the trees marks the trail the campsite is after you cross SR 200 which can be busy so be careful crossing fires are only at designated sites in established fire rings

    1 · March 14

  • anne marie m.

    does anyone know if there will there be potable water at the campground sat nite?

    March 14

    • Andy

      I am going to assume no, and carry enough water for the whole hike. I haven't seen any place that mentions water. Not sure if there is a place to filter either.

      March 14

  • Donna

    Have a great hike can't wait to hear how it is in there

    March 14

  • anne marie m.

    I found the hike directions and info at www.floridahikes.com\ftross49th.

    March 14

  • Andy

    Looks like we're going to have great weather. 78-58 partly cloudy. I'm looking forward to meeting you all.

    1 · March 14

  • Bill S.

    OK. We meet at Pruitt Trailhead at 9:30 and work out the transportation from there?

    March 13

    • Andy

      Yes. I have a map/directions to the end point. About 15min drive.

      March 13

  • Bill S.

    Sorry for the late commitment, but work has been insane and wasn't sure I could get away. I can shuttle but my car is a sedan so not a lot of room.

    March 12

    • Andy

      Glad to have you. If it holds 4 people, it will help a lot. Mine's a 2-seater....

      March 13

    • Bill S.

      OK. We meet at Pruitt Trailhead at 9:30 and work out the transportation from there?

      March 13

  • anne marie m.

    I have a subaru impreza. Can hold 5 with stuff in the back.

    March 13

  • Bob

    I am going to drop also

    March 11

  • Scott

    Just found out our community garage sale is this Saturday...unfortunately I have to bail. Have fun and I'll catch everyone on the next one!

    March 11

  • Andy

    All - please chime in to let us know you are going. If we don't have 3 we'll need to cancel this event. I don't want to drive 2-3 hours from Jax just to turn around and drive back. Thanks...

    March 11

  • Andy

    Is there anyone going that's familiar with this hike? End point, camp area, map/garmin, etc?

    March 11

    • Donna

      No one signed up has done this section I hear it is really nice but no first hand knowledge. The FT is usually well marked with orange blazes if you don't see orange blazes on the trees then your off trail. I was thinking that a self shuttle cars the start trail head to the ending trail head and camp somewhere in between. I am sorry that I cannot go but I have to have another surgery on my hand and the last hike wiped me out it was too soon after being hospitalized and I struggled and my hand was killing me, so I am taking some time off from activities but there are alot of great organizers on this site that will be listing things to do.

      March 11

    • Andy

      Donna has provided me with some detailed map and descriptions. It looks like a well marked area with a campsite at the halfway point. The only possible problem I see is the shuttle. We need at least 3 cars to accomplish it. 7 people signed up doesn't mean 7 are going. Many times folks will drop at the last minute.

      1 · March 11

  • anne marie m.

    I'm really looking forward to this trip. I've never done an backpack trip overnight. Sounds like a nice leisurely hike. I'm coming from jax off Kernan. I'm available to car pool.

    March 11

  • Donna

    Dr says I need another surgery on my hand sorry this hike is kind of falling apart maybe next hiking season for me

    March 10

  • Marvin

    Sorry, leaving for a week in Myrtle Beach

    March 10

  • Dallas T.

    Sorry, gotta back out of this one. Going on a trip the following weekend so need to get things ready for that.

    March 10

  • Donna

    I wrote a personal email to everyone that I cannot make this one not ready the last hike almost did me in and it was too much too soon.

    March 10

  • Bob

    Try again !!!!!! This looks like a go. Did you see and Sand Worms last hike?

    March 5

  • Piyush N.

    Conflict with another high priority meeting. Apologies!

    March 4

  • Donna

    See above we need to hit the Blue Gator after the hike its a riverside outdoor bar and restaurant near our hiking event.

    1 · March 3

  • Donna

    This is a go for me.

    February 24

  • Ward L.

    Have to back out due to back problems.

    December 26, 2013

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