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Hike Stephen Foster State Park!

Lets Hike Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park! Which features scenic views of the historic Suwannee River and some of the best landscape North Florida has to offer. The town of White Springs offers lots of history looking back into an era when the town was a popular health destination with a powerful flowing spring that was known for it’s health benefits.

Leading the Hike will be Allison Williams who is the SCA/AmeriCorps Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Osceola National Forest. She is wrapping up her training to become a qualified activity leader for the Florida Trail Association.

We will begin hiking on the Florida National Scenic Trail which runs along the Suwannee River and switch onto the River Road Trail at Catfish Hole point. We will then continue traveling on the trail until we reach the Cable Road Trail, which will lead us back onto the FNST and we will end where we started. The hike is approximately 4-6 miles and is an intermediate hike but open to hikers in good physical condition. The hike should take about 4-6 hours.

We will meet at 9:30am on Saturday January 12th. Our meetup spot will be at the Trail Entrance parking area. To reach this destination you must follow the road and circle around the park a short distance before it dumps you back off at the trail entrance parking area: If you look at the map, this will be the parking area by the River Gazebo (bottom/south end of the map)... http://www.floridastateparks.org/lib/img/park/parkmap/stf-map.jpg

Hikers are responsible for there own entrance into the park; $4 for single occupant vehicles and $5 for 2-8-occupant vehicles. Pets are allowed in the State Park but if visiting the cultural center after the hike, pets are not allowed in the buildings.

Hikers should wear comfortable shoes for walking long distances, dress comfortable with the possibility of warming up during the hike. Make sure to pack at least one quart of water (recommend 2), bug spray, sunscreen and snacks. The park has restrooms, a restaurant and historical attractions to visit after the hike.

Park is located in downtown White Springs and is accessible from I-75. The parks phone number is (386)[masked] in case needing further driving instructions.

Physical Address: 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive White Springs, FL 32096

LAT/LONG COORIDINATES
30° 19' 50.65" N
82° 45' 40.89" W

If you have any questions please post on the page or email: allison2384@gmail or give me a call at[masked]-9606.

Hope to see you on the TRAIL!

http://www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/default.cfm

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for coming everyone! Great group of hikers and a great job by Trailblazer's newest Activity Leader!

    3 · January 13, 2013

  • Leslie

    Great job Alison and Bill - from all the comments, looks like the day was a complete success!

    2 · January 13, 2013

    • Allison

      It was a beautiful day for hiking! I'm so happy everyone had a good time

      January 13, 2013

  • Allison

    Thank you for coming! I'm so glad everyone enjoyed the hike! Let me know if your interested in a particular hike & I can see possible plan a hike there.... Happy New Year! Thank You Again!

    1 · January 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here is a youtube for the mound near Cedar keys. Looks like a great place to hike, if they have trails.http://www.youtube.co...­

      January 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I mean trails long enough for a day of hiking. The trails shown on the you tube seems rather small (1 mile). I hope they have some longer trails beacuse th place looks beautiful. Thanks for the suugestion Joni.

      January 13, 2013

  • Allison

    5 Stars Duh!!!

    January 13, 2013

  • Carmen V.

    Great hike, beautiful park and nice people.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • edith o.

    Scott, I live in Neptune Beach . We can carpool.

    1 · January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      did I leave a blue waterbottle in your car?

      January 12, 2013

  • Tony A.

    Beautiful place on a beautiful day!

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very enjoyable.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Nice hike and it was good to meet everybody.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very nice hike. It turned out to be a beautiful day, perfect for the hike. Hike was Well organized. Allison and Bill did an excellant job organizing this hike. This was my first hike with NFTB. I had a great time. Looking forward to many more hikes with NFTB.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    REALLY nice group of people with a collective good talk and appreciation of North Florida at it's best on a "BEST" day!

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Tracie B.

    This was a great hike! Beautiful scenery and I met a lot of nice people! Thank you for the hike!

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Ivette B.

    Enjoyed it very much! Next time I'll hike a little further... lovely scenery

    2 · January 12, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Nice hike, good to meet all of you.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • SHELLEY M.

    A nice hike in a beautiful park with great folks

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Is there any one who would like to carpool at the last minute? Can meet at McDonald's on Cassett just north of I-10. Meet at 8:00, I see that it's a 1:20 drive.
    Dan [masked]

    January 12, 2013

  • Andrea C.

    Wish I could join you for this interesting hike tomorrow. But I'm still recuperating from a broken leg and can't do a long hike yet. The weather will be warm and sunny so be prepared.

    January 11, 2013

    • Allison

      Sorry to hear about your leg! Get some swimming in after your healed, it's a great strength inch exercise!

      January 11, 2013

    • Allison

      *Strengthening

      January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Allison, I had indicated I would take this hike, but I have developed a problem with my right eye and it is swollen, so there is a chance I may not be able to join you. Just wanted to let you know in case I don't show up. Hope to catch you on another hike. Peggy Mullins

    January 11, 2013

    • Allison

      Sorry to hear that Peggy. I hope you make it but if not rest up & I hope your eye gets better fast!

      January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ask a question, share something, or leave a comment...does anyone have room for me to ride with them from jacksonville? I can meet you wherever is convient.
    thanks

    1 · January 11, 2013

    • Allison

      I live out in Olustee other wise I would be able to give you a ride but I do see someone responded to your question so I'm excited!

      January 11, 2013

  • Allison

    Projected High of 80 degrees on Saturday! I look forward to meeting everyone & having a lovely hiking day on Saturday... Please do let me know or Bill know if you have any questions. Have a great Friday! See you Saturday!!!

    1 · January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am 77 years old, but in very good health. I volunteer at a hospital and walk an average of 5 miles one day of the week on my shift. I feel comfortable about walking this distance, but would not want to hold the group up on speed. Would you recommend I simply do the hike on my own and would that be acceptable?

    January 6, 2013

    • Allison

      Hi Peggy! We would love for you to join us on the hike this coming saturday. We have a activity leader that will be in the front and the rear of the group. The activity leader in the rear goes at the pace of the last hiker so it isn't a issue if your don't hike at the speed of the fastest hiker. It's a fairly flat hike with views just more distance is what I like to let my hikers know but if you know this a hike you know you can conquer we would love for you to join us. Thank You for asking! If you have any other questions just post them UP! - Allison

      1 · January 7, 2013

  • Nikki

    Can kids come to any of the hikes?

    December 29, 2012

    • Leslie

      Nikki - in general kids are always welcome on our hikes. It's up to the adult to make sure they are up to the physical demands or can plan an alternate route if the kids get too tired. I would always check with the leader first. We want to get kids out in the woods!

      January 3, 2013

    • Allison

      I am totally in agreence... I love that you want to bring kids on the hike. It is a 4-6 mile hike but it's not in the moutains. As long as you are comfortable w/ bringing the kids on the hike and then I am more then happy for them to make footprints on the path with us!

      January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    my work schedule really puts a damper on outside activities. maybe next time. have fun!

    December 29, 2012

    • Allison

      Thanks for thinking about US!

      January 3, 2013

  • Halley

    Are well behaved dogs allowed on the hike?

    January 3, 2013

    • Allison

      We love well behaved dogs! They have to realize them must enjoy this hike and influence you to take them in future hikes! If you need more information please refer to the Florida state park link I attached or I can find out more info about animals for you. Toodles!

      January 3, 2013

  • Mary Alice W.

    Are the Lat/Long coordinates above the Trail Entrance parking area?

    January 3, 2013

    • Allison

      They are to the park... I pulled them off the website.. You have to follow the entrance road around the historical buildings in the park to be dumped at the hiking trail entrance. There are signs when you are on your short journey circling around the buildings after entering the gate.

      January 3, 2013

  • Allison

    Yes! Kids are welcomed!

    2 · December 29, 2012

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