FNST Western Corridor Hiking Series - Hike 1

Western Corridor Hiking Series  Hike 1  Old Hunt Station to Eaton Creek TH

Join us for the first section in the 2nd Annual Western Corridor Hiking Series!  We'll begin in the Ocala Forest at the Old Hunt Station, just north of where the Florida National Scenic Trail splits into Eastern and Western corridors.  Want to guess which path we'll be taking? :-) 

Sun. Oct. 20  Leaders: Bob Jones (Florida Crackers), Elizabeth Holland (Suncoast)

Meet: Eaton Creek Trailhead   

Time: 8:30a. 

Distance: Short - 6 miles, Long - 11.5 miles

Directions:  From the intersection of SR 40 and CR 314, east of Silver Springs, drive north on CR 314 for 8.4 miles, passing the junction for CR 314-A. Turn right at NE 170th Ave, which has a prominent sign for the FWC Youth Education Camp and a Florida Trail sign. Continue a half mile to the trailhead on the right. 

Location: [masked]  [masked] 

Carpooling:  If you would like to carpool, please post as a comment  

We'll meet at the Eaton Ck. TH and shuttle to the start of the hike.  We'll need to know whether you'll be hiking 6 miles or 11.5 miles when you arrive - to do a proper shuttle.  Please bring at least 1 or 2 liters of water - depending on the distance you've chosen  - lunch and snacks.  Sunscreen and bug spray are optional. 

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  • Susan H.

    Thanks Tom for driving the carpool and Bob & Elizabeth for organizing. It was still a little toasty...but thankfully cooler temps are on the way ;p

    October 23, 2013

  • kim

    Had a great time and got some great tips from the more experienced members. A very open and friendly group. I'll look forward to the next hike.

    October 22, 2013

    • Susan H.

      It was nice meeting you too Kim. Enjoy your upcoming trip.

      October 23, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    Good to see so many 'old' hiking buddies again and to see new faces too! Thanks as always, Bob & Elizabeth, for your leadership!

    October 23, 2013

  • Tom

    Great fun, Great leaders, Great trail snacks, Great Day

    October 21, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Good organization, great company

    October 21, 2013

  • Amanda

    What a fun day outside!
    Thank you Elizabeth for organizing this 1st of the Western Corridor series.
    Thank you Bob for leading.
    It was great to meet so many wonderful new people. Great to get the 2 chapters together.

    October 20, 2013

  • ~KellyM~

    Nice hike in great weather! Very well organized, thanks!

    October 20, 2013

  • MJMcPherson

    Where are your pictures !??

    October 20, 2013

  • ~KellyM~

    We're planning to kayak at Silver Springs after the hike if anyone would like to join us. We need to find a put-in location.

    October 18, 2013

    • Jacque S.

      Right at the spring head

      October 19, 2013

    • ~KellyM~

      Great, thanks for the tips!

      October 19, 2013

  • Christina H.

    I am a novice to hiking, please suggest what type of hikes I should start at.

    October 19, 2013

    • treehouseyoga

      Our 'Walking Fools' walks around Lettuce Lake Park are a good place to start. See the events events list here on our meetup.

      October 19, 2013

  • kim

    Looking forward to hiking with the group. I am a newer hiker how difficult is this trail before I commit? I have an interest in plants especially learning about edible ones. Are there any interesting plants I can expect to find on this trail that I can read about in advance? How long should I allow to complete the long hike?

    October 19, 2013

    • treehouseyoga

      if you are new to the group, the short hike is recommended.

      October 19, 2013

  • Barbara J.

    I live in South Tampa (33611). I would love to carpool with someone.

    October 14, 2013

    • Marilyn G

      Elizabeth will be joining us too!

      October 17, 2013

    • Amanda

      And Amanda

      October 18, 2013

  • Virginia S.

    I'm sorry that I will miss this one. I have a death in the family. I hope to meet all on another hike.

    October 18, 2013

  • Thom H.

    Sorry to miss this but will be hiking in north Georgia for a week.

    October 16, 2013

  • Jill

    I would like to hike the 11.5 miles.

    October 15, 2013

  • Barbara J.

    oops, I will be doing the 11.5 hike

    October 14, 2013

  • Barbara J.

    This will be my first event with this group - I am looking forward to it. I also have a regular & racing bike. Do you ever do biking events?

    October 14, 2013

  • SunAnnie

    Can I bring my 50 lb Collie/shep/husky mix dog? This will be his trial hile prior to the 4 day green swamp event.

    October 12, 2013

  • Cain

    Looking forward to enjoying our woodland jaunts once again. It will be good to meet new folks and see familiar faces again.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • karen l.

    I want to do short hike- 6 miles.

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Danny H

    I'll be hiking six miles.

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Abhishek M.

    Please reply to this comment if you want to car-pool with me. I live in Lakeland. I should be leaving the downtown area by 6 AM. I plan to drive via US 98 and US 301 (parallel to I 75).

    October 11, 2013

  • Abhishek M.

    I want to do the shorter hike.

    1 · October 11, 2013

    • Abhishek M.

      I'll be doing 7 miles on the 19th with the Heartland Chapter. If I am feeling up for it, I'll do the longer hike.

      October 11, 2013

  • Wes C

    Sorry to miss it. I'll be flying back from 8-day hiking trip in California. Have fun!

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Marilyn G

      Now there's something to be jealous of!

      2 · October 11, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    I want to do the long hike

    1 · October 11, 2013

  • Virginia S.

    Look forward to getting outdoors!

    October 10, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    I wish I was back also! Marty, looking forward to keeping up wit old friends.

    October 10, 2013

  • ~KellyM~

    I can do the 6 miles. Looking forward to it! Wish you were back Arlene & Marty!

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    Yay! I missed the first few hikes last time so this one will be new for me.

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

    Hey Elizabeth, would have liked to do this series of hikes from start to finish but won't be down until 23rd October. But have fun & we hope to join you on the next one. arlene

    2 · October 10, 2013

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