How does an after-work hike sound? Lets hike the Stokes Landing Conservation Area at 6pm, Wednesday March 20th. 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.
This is an entry level hike open to hikers with little to no hiking experience and in good physical condition. Hikers should bring 2 bottles of water, snacks, and bug-spray. Wear shoes comfortable for walking long distances (tennis shoes are usually OK). Dress appropriately for the weather.
This hike is about 2 ½ miles in length and about 90 minutes in duration. Please be prompt as we need to be back at the parking lot before nightfall! This hike is open to the public. To ensure a quality hiking experience and to stay within the practical limit of the facility, I am limiting this hike to 20 people. If the roster is full, put yourself on the waiting list as folks may cancel. I recommend shooting to get there early if you can. This property has no restrooms, so unless you are comfortable using the woods, you should hit the restroom on the way over.
Note that I may cancel this hike due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Be sure to check the meetup site prior to the hike.
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 starting 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 indicating “Stokes Landing Conservation Area” 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]
If you have any health issues, you should write those down on a 3x5 card along with an emergency contact #. You should share any relevant health issues with the activity leader prior to the hike. The activity leader 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/
All RSVP’s will be emailed my cell phone number prior to the hike.
See you there!