Newbie Hike at Stokes Landing!

Lets Hike Stokes Landing Conservation Area! This is an excellent entry level hike, perfect for those with little or no hiking experience. This hike features beautiful old oaks, a variety of wildlife and several opportunities to view the Tolomato River. Property has a picnic area and an observation tower. This property is an easy drive from Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Note: This is strictly a first-timers only event. This hike is open to those who have NOT hiked with the Trailblazers at a prior activity. If your prior attendance is strictly limited to indoor chapter meetings or work hikes you may attend, but this hike is CLOSED to prior Trailblazers recreational hikers. If you are not sure if you qualify for this event, feel free to contact me. RSVP’s will be limited to 20 people.

Lets meet at the Stokes Landing Preserve parking area at 10:00 am, Saturday March 9th. I may postpone or cancel this event due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

GETTING THERE: Note that the "address" indicated above is not accurate.  Parking area is near the end of “Lakeshore Dr., St. Augustine, fl, 32095” Best bet is to mapquest that from your location. Basically, you take US1 south from Jacksonville; Make a left onto Venetian Blvd., (A British Pub w/double-decker bus is on the corner); Follow Venetian as it curves slightly to the left and make a right on Old Dixie; Drive a short distance and make a left on Lakeshore Dr.; Drive almost to the end of Lakeshore and the parking area for Stokes Landing will be on the Right. There is a large sign and you will see our vehicles. If you are not familiar with this location, I would recommend aiming to get there about 20 minutes early.

If you have GPS, enter the following coordinates:  LAT[masked]
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This is an entry level hike open to adults and children in good physical condition. Wear shoes suitable for walking long distances (Walking/tennis shoes should be acceptable). Bring 2 bottles of water, snacks, bug spray, and sunscreen. Note that this property has no “facilities”, so unless you are comfortable using the woods I recommend you hit the restroom on the way over. All children (minors under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian for the duration. Parents should use good judgment when deciding if their child should accompany them on any activity.

If you have any health issues, you may want to indicate that on a 3x5 card and place in a conspicuous location in your pack. Include an emergency contact #. You may want to discuss any relevant health information with the Leader prior to the activity. The activity leader(s) will keep your health information confidential.

Stokes Landing Conservation Area is owned and maintained by the St. Johns Water Management district. Property website: http://floridaswater.com/recreationguide/stokeslanding/

I’ll post my cell phone number the day prior to the hike. See you there!

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  • Leslie

    Looks like everyone had a great time. This a favorite local hike of mine, too.

    March 10, 2013

  • Rick W.

    A good, easy hike with great views

    March 9, 2013

  • Joanie

    It was a beautiful place... once I found it. Nice to meet everyone even for a short time. The pictures are great. Thanks

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for coming out, everyone! You are a great group and I look forward to hiking with you in the future!

    As I noted, anyone interested in joining FTA is invited to do so. There is an application form in the brochure I handed out, or you may visit: : http://www.floridatrail.org/store/ (make sure to select a membership type specific to your situation, either individual or family) or contact me or any other member of the NFTB leadership team indicated on Meetup. Your support would be deeply appreciated.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    March 9, 2013

  • Rick W.

    I hope you enjoy the pics I just uploaded. It was a fun time.

    March 9, 2013

  • Joanie

    My first hike with the group I am looking forward to it. Deb let me know if you want to car pool I am just off of San Pablo and would love to share the ride. We can take my car or yours.

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Deb O.

      I am just now seeing your message. Call me[masked]

      March 9, 2013

  • Deb O.

    sick. not gonna make it

    March 9, 2013

    • Deb O.

      I decided I'm going!

      March 9, 2013

  • susan

    I may not be able to make this, so I'm un-rsvp-ing to make room for someone else.

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Susan, come on out if you can.

      March 9, 2013

  • Al S.

    Have to beg out. Got an assignment.

    March 9, 2013

  • amy

    my husband has never hiked with the Trailblazers before but I've done one hike. We're new to FL.

    March 8, 2013

  • Karl G.

    I apologize for the last minute change but i will not attend. I signed up for a weekend real estate course and can not attend

    March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Karl, no prob. Thanks for your consideration. Catch you next time!

      March 8, 2013

  • Deb O.

    Is anyone carpooling from the ICW/Beaches area?

    March 8, 2013

  • Terri

    I have a yellow lab that likes to hike with me. Are dogs permitted?

    March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes, dogs are allowed. Just be sure that you are able to meet your pet's needs on the trail: Food, water, and the like. Bring a small bowl for them to eat/drink from. Thanks for asking.

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Lisa

    Can't get babysitter. Maybe next time!!!

    March 7, 2013

  • Laura K.

    Sorry I will not be able to make the hike this Saturday. Something else has come up for me. Wanted to be sure to notify so that someone else can have my slot. Have fun everyone!!

    March 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK. Thanks for your consideration. Look forward to hiking with you soon!

      March 7, 2013

  • Jane A.

    Great!! A perfect intro to the club.

    March 4, 2013

  • Fredda

    Hi I hope I can make it in. Looking forward to a hike.

    March 2, 2013

  • kenneth m.

    not going to make this one, look forward to another one in the near future.

    March 1, 2013

  • Jane A.

    Look forward to meeting group members.

    February 24, 2013

  • Rick W.

    I'll try to be there, car willing.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to attend. Sorry

    February 22, 2013

  • Jose D.

    Going out of town for the weekend! definitely will try to come on the next hiking trip!

    February 20, 2013

  • Susanne C.

    Possible guest.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I just noticed I have an appointment on this day. I hope you do another one of these!

    February 20, 2013

  • Carine

    I love hiking

    February 19, 2013

  • Deb O.

    Excited! Now that the ankle has mended I'm anxious to get moving again. My first hike ever!

    February 18, 2013

  • Carine

    I love outdoors

    February 18, 2013

  • Linda R.

    I am looking forward to this. I will try to bring my friend, Etta. Does anyone ever bring theie dog ? Just curious. Linda

    February 18, 2013

  • Lori J.

    Looking forward to it!

    February 18, 2013

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