This tract consists primarily of natural woodlands and wetlands. The site exhibits a remarkable amount of relief for Florida landscapes, with elevations ranging from five feet above mean sea level at points along the creek to 90 feet above mean sea level on the sandhills in the property’s southern portion. The property’s most distinctive characteristics are the seepage slopes and steep ravines that result from a series of naturally eroding seepage streams. These sensitive ecosystems support a wide variety of native aquatic and wetland-dependent species. The property exhibits a diversity of natural communities, some classified as being imperiled in Florida because of their rarity and vulnerability to natural or man-made factors. About 2.7 miles of the south shore of Black Creek is protected from development to maintain the important recharge functions of the upland sandhill community. The conservation area has a variety of listed species, including gopher tortoise and pitcher plant. Roosting and nesting wading birds make their home here. Other wildlife seen in the area include the pine snake, bald eagle, otter, deer, woodpecker, owl, bobcat, heron, egret, fox, raccoon and alligator. Climbing the ravines is strictly prohibited.
We will be following the White blaze trail loop to the White/Red connector trail, to the Red blaze trail loop, and back. We will be hiking to three different observation points with a total distance of about 5.5 miles.
You can get directions to the parking lot here: http://goo.gl/maps/GS7Jz
We will meet in the parking lot of the Publix located at 4495 Roosevelt Blvd and figure out carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 46 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, and maybe a snack. If there is interest, we can go to lunch as a group afterward.