FNST Western Corridor Hiking Series - Hike 13b

Western Corridor Hiking Series  Hike 13b  Lachoochee Road to Ranch Road

Devil's Creek.

Sun. Feb. 23 - Gordy

Length: 13 miles

Welcome to the Green Swamp.  It is relevant to Florida for its ecological and hydrological gifts.  Today's hike begins in Richloam and crosses into the Green Swamp West.  We'll leave the GSW at the River Road TH and continue from there on the next hike to complete our trek across the GSW.  The Green Swamp is the richest, most diverse ecosystem along the Western Corridor.  Natural Florida at it's finest. 

Note:  If you are used to hiking with poles, you might want to consider bringing them.  We will be crossing Devil's Creek and there is some feral hog damage. 

What to Bring:--> 2 liters or quarts of water. Lunch and snacks. The water is not a guideline.  It is a requirement for this hike.  Snacks and Lunch.  Sunscreen and bug spray are optional.

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

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  • Ginger

    Great hike. What an adventure with stories of "Wildman" and finding possible top secret unexploded chemical or biological munitions. This hike will be hard to top for it's exciting stories.

    February 24

  • Tim

    Here is some information on our bomb expedition. My brother-in-law says it probably is not dangerous but it looks like a rocket attachment. Probably should be reported to authorities (media first) especially possibly being chemical related. http://landolakes.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/does-the-beauty-of-the-withlacoochee-state-forest-behdb03a036a0

    1 · February 24

    • Neil H.

      Lol ! Holy crap batman !!!

      February 24

  • Neil H.

    Very good !

    February 24

  • David A.

    Gordy...From a 1997 Article in the Orlando sentinel...
    The wild, remote character of the huge Green Swamp that sprawls over Lake, Sumter, Polk and Pasco counties ''has attracted a diverse assortment of pioneering individuals and generated a colorful, sometimes tragic history.''
    That's the view of Eugene Kelly of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Kelly cites the case of the ''Wildman,'' identified as a Chinese sailor who jumped ship in 1976 to make a home in the United States.
    The wayward sailor ''spent the next six months hiding in the Green Swamp, living in a hollowed cypress tree,'' Kelly said.
    ''According to Lillie Raulerson, the Wildman subsisted on armadillo meat and eked a living from what he could steal - always leaving behind something in trade for what he had taken.''
    Eventually, the Wildman was captured by local law enforcement officials and shortly afterward hanged himself in the Sumter County jail rather than return to China.

    February 24

  • Tim

    Perfect!

    1 · February 23

  • Martin B.

    I just noticed that my car developed a flat tire overnight! There is not enough time to change the tire and get there even close to the starting time. See you on the next hike....

    February 23

  • carly j.

    Sorry getting too hot for me to hike in the 80s. Enjoy!

    February 22

  • Duane E.

    I apologize for the late notice but we have the granddaughter this weekend. Last minute notice as usual. I was really looking forward to this hike and hope to make the next one. Hopefully someone else will be able to take my spot. Have fun!

    Like · Reply · 1m ago · Mute

    February 21

  • David A.

    Will we be in a hunting area? Blaze orange required?

    February 18

    • gordyhawkins

      Hi Dave,

      1 · February 18

    • gordyhawkins

      there is small game only. So it is not really an issue. If it was big gun season, then there would be a problem. Always good, no matter when to wear bright colors. Take care,

      February 18

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