Oak Ridge Tract is one of my favorite areas to hike and explore. Much of this tract was never logged, hence it is rich in majestic old growth oak, and lush, dense palm forest.
We will be hiking on a combination of marked, equestrian/hiker trail and unmarked, unmapped overgrown trail and old roadbeds. It will be a rugged path.
In order to make this a loop hike, we will be crossing / wading Basset Creek. It will be knee deep and 10 ft across...
You may not separate from the group in order to avoid the creek crossing. If you are uncomfortable with this notion, this is probably not the hike for you. The creek fording will be at the end when we are about 2 miles from the trailhead.
Wes Calhoun will go first to make sure there are no gators lurking on the creek bottom.
This will be a 12 mile hike with no shorter bailout option. You must be in excellent physical condition AND be comfortable in a minimally maintained wilderness environment. You must bring 2 litres of water minimum. Bring whatever food, personal items you need and a ground cloth for sitting. Proper footwear is essential and a trekking pole is recommended.
We will be crossing / wading Basset Creek. It will be knee deep and 10 ft across...
Oak Ridge is a SWFWMD conservation land and is maintained to a much lesser degree than our nearby county and state parks. There are no restrooms or potable water at the trailhead. There is a Shell store and Publix plaza at the corner of Cross Creek blvd and Morris Bridge Road.
There is no fee for this hike. No fee to park and you need not be a member of FTA to participate. However if you are regularly enjoying our outings we ask that you consider joining FTA and support our Suncoast Chapter's efforts to sponsor these excursions and maintain trails in various other locales in our multiple county jurisdiction.
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..... 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"