Day Hike! Off the Beaten Path .....Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Area..

..... from TRAVELS OF WILLIAM BARTRAM, English botanist,  exulting on the astonishing natural beauty he observed while on his 18th century exploration of the southern colony known as Florida..........

"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"


In the spirit of William Bartram.... I am going hiking and would like to invite you all along!!

This will be the same configuration we did on April 27 along one of our favorite tracts ...

We'll meet and park at Flatwoods ranger station on Morris Bridge rd. There is a $2.00 parking fee. Restrooms, water available at ranger station.

There will be  a short section of road walk on both ends (<100 yards) along Morris Bridge Road to get to the access gate... (please be careful here and stay well off the road)

Plan is to hike north to the orange blazed Mystery Trail....follow to the Main Trail, take the spur (#20) to scenic spot on the Hillsborough River, then loop west southwest and head back down south crossing Bassett Branch (no bridge)

This will be 11 miles 

This hike requires a high level of physical fitness. Please be sure of your conditioning level and please ask if you have any questions.   NO SHORTER BAILOUTS ON THIS HIKE...

Proper hiking footwear is mandatory. Bring two liters of water, food, ground cloth for sitting, necessary personal items(tp, repellent, hat,)

Expect uneven primitive trail conditions, some unmarked turns, overgrown or muddy tread and exceptional shaded beautiful lush tropical canopy with plentiful old growth oak and palm!

Lenny -[masked] day of hike

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. We encourage those who enjoy our activities on a regular basis to learn more about the FTA and consider becoming a member.

Oak Ridge Yellow Rat Snake (March 2013)


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  • Susan H.

    Always late to the party...JK. It was a wonderful day with a great bunch of people. Thanks as always Lenny for your spirited adventures! I've uploaded more pics ;p

    1 · May 18, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Thanks for the pics Susan.... always enjoy your company on our hikes......

      1 · May 18, 2013

  • Susan G.

    My spirits are always uplifted after spending time in the beautiful outdoors with great company. Thanks. Susan

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • John A.

    Thanks, Lenny, for a well organised day and too everyone for the great welcome and a most enjoyable stroll in the forest. Looking forward to meeting you all again towards the end of the year

    May 15, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    What a beautiful day with Jose, Susan H, Susan G, John, Mike F, Catherine V..Karen Hill.. doesn't get much better than that!! I enjoyed spending the day with you all......

    May 15, 2013

  • Mike F.

    Lenny did a great job today, the hike was a lot of fun ... ready for another tomorrow!

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Jose B.

    Thank you all for a nice hike and Lenny for putting it together.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • John A.

    Yes, Lenny you remember correctly..have a place midway between Bradenton and Sarsota. Have just retired and am out here for a month now and then for a longer period over the end of the year so hope to get more involved. Went out on one of Lili's walks today at Silver Lake ...good hike and managed to avoid the rain ! Look forward to meeting you again on 15th.

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Look forward to having you join us John..... wasn't sure if my memory served correctly...

      May 3, 2013

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