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Sunday stroll at Oak Ridge !

TRAIL UPDATE.... SOME OF THE TRAILS AROUND OAK RIDGE WERE "TILLED" THIS WEEK. WE WILL HAVE ONE SECTION EARLY IN THE HIKE.. ABOUT .7 MILE OF OUR TRAIL WHERE WE WILL WALK IN THE WOODS ALONG SIDE THE DEEP SAND ..THERE WILL BE TWO TO THREE MORE SHORT SECTIONS FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT 1 MILE OF OUR SEVEN MILE HIKE WHERE WE WILL WALK ALONG OR ON, TILLED ROADBED......

THESE TRAILS ARE FIRE ROADS AND AND THEY ARE ANNUALLY TILLED TO MAKE SURE THEY SERVE THEIR PURPOSE AS FIREBREAKS DURING CONTROL BURNS OR WILDFIRE..... 2/20/2013

Hello everyone!

This will be a familiar route for some..... BUT we will go clockwise this time...and we will go through the enchanted pine forest near the beginning...

This will be a fun and varied terrain loop hike of about 7 miles. We will be along the beautiful Morris Bridge corridor on some established trails, some abandoned trails, some barely discernible trails, perhaps a section or two with no trails, some on the map, alot off the map!

If coming northbound on I-75, just get off at Morris Bridge Rd. and drive past the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Park sites. The last one will be Flatwoods on the left. When you get to the stoplight at Cross Creek Blvd, proceed about .2 mile. Just after you pass Basset Creek, Oak Ridge parking area is on the right.

If coming southbound I-75, take CR 56 to Bruce B Downs, turn right on BBD to Cross Creek Blvd, turn left on Cross Creek blvd to Morris Bridge Rd, then left. Parking area and trailhead is on the right in .2 mile.

If coming on Morris Bridge Road from Zephyrhills, it will be on the left about .2 mile before the Cross Creek Blvd stoplight. This intersection is approximately 4.5 miles from where Chancey Road intersects Morris Bridge Rd.

The posted trailhead map is accurate. THERE IS NO PARKING FEE. This is a SWFWMD conservation land, not a park, and is maintained to a much lesser degree than our county or state parks.

No bikers here, use is restricted to foot traffic and equestrians.

Expect a section of dense old growth Florida forest, some nice open palmetto prairie, some marked trails, several abandoned unblazed and overgrown trails, mostly unmarked trail junctions, some very eroded rutted sections, and occasional horse dung (Watch your step!) Hope we see some hogs, deer, and a few turkey!!

Bring water, food, whatever personal items you need, a hat if it is sunny, hiking poles advisable. Proper footwear essential! No restrooms or potable water at Oak Ridge trail head. Restrooms available at the Shell Convenience Store at intersection of Morris Bridge Road and Cross Creek Blvd - also a Publix plaza there.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Lenny

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This activity is sponsored by the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. There is no fee to hike and you need not be an FTA member to participate but we encourage you to take a moment to learn about the FTA and consider being a part of our community.

http://www.floridatrail.org/

This photo is of a very fat 5 foot plus Diamondback Rattlesnake I saw on this route in the late summer of 2011. The widest part of the midsection was roughly the circumference of a tuna can! Wouldn't it be splendid to see one of these beauties on our hike!


..... quote from WILLIAM BARTRAM, English botanist, commenting on Florida's astonishing natural beauty while on his journey in the 18th century exploring the southern colonies..........

"Whilst I, continually impelled by a restless spirit of curiosity, in pursuit of new productions of nature, my chief happiness consisted in tracing and admiring the infinite power, majesty, and perfection of the great Almighty Creator"


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  • sue b.

    terrifici hike Lenny..thanks a lot!

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      thanks for posting the nice pics!

      February 27, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Nice hike! Very comfortable weather, and the trails that were "tilled" were not a problem at all! Thanks for another wonderful experience, Lenny, with the companionship of friendly people with a love for the outdoors.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Mike N.

    Another great Lenny hike. I have the GPS map of the hike ready, but am having trouble posting it. I'll keep trying.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Kathy

    Lenny sorry to change last minute, I won't be able to attend today after all, have a great time hope to get out to the next one!!! Thanks, Kathy

    February 24, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      hope to see you next time Kathy....

      February 24, 2013

  • Sherri

    very nice

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Mike O.

    Very nice, four star

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    always a great and interesting hike with "Lenny" our fearless leader.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Thanks everyone who came out today ... I enjoyed visiting, chatting with friends, meeting new folks and sharing areas I like to hike....You all made my day!!

    February 24, 2013

  • Bud S.

    All good! Nice folks to hike with. Thank you Lenny!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Jude

    so, SO sorry - family problem

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sick

    February 23, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    Hate to pull out but my +1 is nervous about bad weather "-_-"

    February 23, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Well.... if it rains it will be even more shady!!

      1 · February 23, 2013

  • William R. Z.

    Sorry, Evelyn and I can't make the hike Sunday. Bill Z.

    February 23, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    Lenny, my daughter is asking is this mostly sunny or mostly shady or 50/50?

    February 21, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Marilyn, I would say more shade than sun.....

      February 21, 2013

    • Marilyn G

      She'll be happy! Thanks Lenny.

      February 21, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    TRAIL UPDATE.... SOME OF THE TRAILS AROUND OAK RIDGE WERE "TILLED" THIS WEEK. WE WILL HAVE ONE SECTION EARLY IN THE HIKE.. ABOUT .7 MILE OF OUR TRAIL WHERE WE WILL WALK IN THE WOODS ALONG SIDE THE DEEP SAND ..THERE WILL BE TWO TO THREE MORE SHORT SECTIONS FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT 1 MILE OF OUR SEVEN MILE HIKE WHERE WE WILL WALK ALONG OR ON, TILLED ROADBED......

    THESE TRAILS ARE FIRE ROADS AND AND THEY ARE ANNUALLY TILLED TO MAKE SURE THEY SERVE THEIR PURPOSE AS FIREBREAKS DURING CONTROL BURNS OR WILDFIRE..... 2/20/2013

    February 20, 2013

  • Susan G.

    Looking forward to a pleasant Sunday afternoon in the park with Lenny and friends!

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Camping opportunity!!!

    Arlene, Marty, and Sue B are also going to the Saturday 2/23 downtown Tampa walk and will be tent camping at the group camp near the Washburn site, just 2+ miles south of where we will meet for Sunday's afternoon trek..

    They are going to make a full weekend of it to possibly include paddling around Trout Creek, and /or biking at Flatwoods... I believe their plan is to set up camp after the downtown Tampa walk... If anyone would like to join them, please contact Arlene Winick, or Sue Bunge directly...you will need to get the gate combo from them and specific directions/instructions....camp is primitive... non electric, non potable hand pump well only, chemical toilet


    Arlene, Marty, Sue..... will let you take it from here!

    (btw . we have a large group signed up..... if your plans have changed and you cannot attend, would you kindly amend your rsvp to reflect this. THANKS!)

    February 18, 2013

  • William R. Z.

    Evelyn and I will be there. Thanks

    February 10, 2013

  • cathy m

    Beautiful hike, looking forward!

    1 · February 10, 2013

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