..... 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)