Day Hike! Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve

Parking lot for this trailhead is shared with Pinecrest Little League... In order to avoid user conflicts with the Little League parents, I am suggesting that as many of us as possible park outside the fenced area along the road.  The shoulder is wide and firm. You will see my Subaru out there and will have a couple of FTA events signs.  Alternatively, if a few of could meet somewhere at a nearby location and carpool over that would be helpful. 

our probable counterclockwise loop.......


In search of a dry trail....

Posted 10/01...While the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Area trails continue to serve their purpose as a flood detention zone..... Alafia River Corridor is high and dry!  Was kinda waiting for my hike buddy, fellow FTA activity leader to take us out here again, but..... (hint, hint)

We did this hike back in April... I had never been there before but was very pleasantly surprised....   I don't know the area as well as Lower Hillsborough but we can all learn together... 

Expect 9- 10 miles... mostly shade but there will be a 1 mile section in the sun. I hope to do a scout hike the week before and will post updates.  There are restrooms and water at the trailhead. Be sure of your conditioning level and ability to hike this distance. Bring 2 liters water, whatever food you need, ground cloth for sitting, any necessary personal items....

For pics, comments, and notes of our last FTA hike out here...

http://www.meetup.com/Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/110246052/

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 if you regularly enjoy our FTA activities please take a moment to learn more about us and consider becoming an FTA member.

http://www.floridatrail.org/

Lenny

[masked] day of 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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  • SunAnnie

    Are dogs allowed?

    October 16, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      hope to meet your pooch next time.....!!! fun day today!!

      October 19, 2013

    • SunAnnie

      Im going to do a trail hike with kujo as a trial run before I subject everyone else to the experience! :)

      October 20, 2013

  • SunAnnie

    Great hike, great group!

    October 20, 2013

  • Irene R.

    Sorry I missed all of you! I woke up this morning a little under the weather and not well enough for the hike. See you next time! Irene

    October 19, 2013

  • Brit

    Thanks Lenny and Swami! Great hike, beautiful trail and hikers:-)

    October 19, 2013

  • Tracy H.

    It was so nice to be out hiking and talking with everyone. A much needed Thanks to Lenny for setting up this day.

    October 19, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      thanks for the Tyvek! I appreciate it....

      October 19, 2013

  • cathy m

    Very nice day hike. Thanks, Lenny, Tracy and Jose. It's so beautiful out there, must do this hike more often. Just a great day.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Yes thanks to Jose and Tracy for introducing this tract to us... agree with Cathy...... let's get folks outdoors.!!!

      October 19, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Thanks everyone for coming out.. I had a GREAT time with y'all. Terrific to see new faces. That is our mission... to get outdoors... Adventure is Out There...... You all made my day!!

    2 · October 19, 2013

    • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

      I just looked at your trip & see the arrows. How far did you go? Are the trails well marked?

      October 19, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Hi Arlene... We followed the arrows on the map.. the map is accurate, the trails are well groomed and for the most part well marked... We did about 9 miles today.....you should have a compass to check your direction. There are a few unmapped roads here and there....

      October 19, 2013

  • Sue

    Thanks Lenny for leading this hike - it was a great kick off for the hiking season!

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • kevin

    Great place to take a walk

    October 19, 2013

  • Swami

    Thanks a lot everybody for an excellent hike with an outstanding group. Lenny, thank you for both; making this happen, requesting good weather for the day and whatever magic you did to provide plenty of parking. I had occasion to hike here last week and will soon upload pictures of this very area from a few days ago.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Arta

    That was fun. And a great group of people. Let's do it again soon!

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      so glad you joined us today Arta... hope to see you on other hikes....

      October 19, 2013

  • John S.

    Lenny did his usual great job

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Brit

    It was great, weather perfect and hikers, too!

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • MJMcPherson

    Great fun !

    October 19, 2013

  • Andrea G.

    I will be coming from New Port Richey, if anyone would like to carpool with me.

    1 · October 15, 2013

    • cathy m

      Andrea, Kevin Dodd and myself are in New Port Richey area and would like to carpool with you. Please let me know if this works for you.

      1 · October 15, 2013

  • Ashley I.

    Anyone who knows the area want to park somewhere and carpool towards the trailhead like Lenny suggested? My very low car would appreciate a paved parking lot :). Thanks in advance.

    October 14, 2013

  • John S.

    Thanks Lenny, I'll be there

    October 13, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    I just opened up the wait list. Please amend your RSVP should your plans change. Also, if the little leaguers are playing next Saturday, please make sure we do our best to let them have the parking lot first.... we'll just have to hike a few yards more to get to the trailhead!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • cathy m

    Where have you been, Tracy!! We missed you.. This was a favorite hike you lead. Glad you are joining us.

    October 2, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Busy busy, work and college trips etc. Sure is glad to be missed! It's going to be nice to get caught up with everyone these next few months. I hope all is well, See you soon Cathy.

      October 6, 2013

  • Sindhu k.

    Hi
    I would love to join this hike. I am on the wait list. Any way you can expand the group?
    Thanks
    Sindhu

    October 3, 2013

  • Tracy H.

    Lenny,sorry about that. I'm here and I'm all in. Love this place and willing to help out in any way I can if you need me. Really looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great day of hiking.

    1 · October 1, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      I hiked that overgrown and underwater it was........well overgrown and underwater. Did you have any Mosquitos on your hike?

      October 2, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      At Alafia? no... not really, only a few at one low spot.

      October 3, 2013

  • Mike F.

    Hey Lenny! I have been waiting for you to post another trip. I will be fresh back from a week of caving in NW Georgia. Looking forward to the hike.

    1 · October 1, 2013

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