Skip the Malls! Black Friday Hike on the Ft King/Dead River Loop

 

Join me on a post Thanksgiving Day hike!

LET US GIVE THANKS... for fresh air, our beautiful natural woods, AND that we will not be jammed elbow to elbow with a bunch of voracious, frenetic bargain hunters....

This is a pleasant, mostly shaded trek.

No fee for parking. Water but no restrooms available at the trail headTotal distance will be about 7.5 miles. We will start off taking an unmapped, primitive, rough in parts, lightly used canopied segment for first 1.5 miles or so. There may be two patches of mud or low standing water on this section.

The route then takes us on a footpath along the Hillsborough River to Dead River Park where there are restrooms, water, picnic tables, and a very pleasant scenic spot to take a break. The return leg will take us on the unpaved and beautifully canopied Dead River Road.

This route has been one of our favorites!

Bring food, water,  possibly insect repellent.... proper hiking footwear important. Hiking stick may be helpful as extensive hog damage has rendered much of tread rather uneven .

Old Ft. King Trail Head turnoff is 300 yards south of Hillsborough River State Park on hwy 301. Coming from Zephyrhills, it is approx 5.3 miles south from the intersection of 301 and Chancey Rd.

From the intersection of Fowler Ave and 301 it is 9 miles north

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 we encourage you to take a moment to learn about the FTA and consider being a part of our community.

http://www.floridatrail.org/

We did this route last 4/27. Also for last January's Stone Soup hike.

http://www.meetup.com/Suncoast-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/61606072/

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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  • Pamela R.

    sorry, no

    November 28, 2012

  • Rick G.

    CRAP! I just realized I'm missing one of my trekking poles. Possibly could have dropped it around the trailhead or parking lot. Did anyone come across one? It's a Komperdell...black and red in color.

    November 27, 2012

    • MJMcPherson

      I stayed late with that Geocache--I did not see it.

      November 27, 2012

  • MJMcPherson

    On this hike someone told me the best way to treat poison ivy--I forgot what they said and who told me. Ack--an age thing ? Can you tell me again--it was a great tip.

    November 27, 2012

    • MJMcPherson

      I will--Thanks--but I think the tip was something simple--like vinegar--

      November 27, 2012

    • Wes C

      Ton of suggested remedies at this link - http://www.myhomereme...­

      November 27, 2012

  • Lisa M.

    Had a great time meeting you all!

    November 26, 2012

  • Sheila B.

    It was another awesome hike!

    November 25, 2012

  • cathy m

    What a beautiful day to be hiking along the Hillsborough River. Thanks Lenny for leading us through the paths of nature.

    November 24, 2012

  • MJMcPherson

    A million dollar day hike--better than any mall !

    November 24, 2012

  • Paula

    Lenny was awesome. A great leader.

    November 24, 2012

  • MJMcPherson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_29k6dJ6DA

    this is the cat/ gator UTube I mentioned today

    November 23, 2012

    • Wes C

      Thanks, MJ. That's one fearless cat.

      November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect day for a hike! Mom and I really enjoyed it!

    November 23, 2012

  • Rick G.

    An awesome day spent with an awesome group of people!. Lenny, you're a great hike leader...thanks for scheduling this! I can't think of a better way to have enjoyed the day!

    November 23, 2012

  • Lenny C.

    What a great hike! What a great group! What great weather we were blessed with! Thanks so much to all of you who came out and were part of this great trek! Y'all really made this a GREAT DAY! Thanks to all contributing photographers and thanks Rick for doing sweep duty. I don't think we lost anyone!

    November 23, 2012

  • Wes C

    Great weather for a hike through the woods. Not too long; not too short. Lots of people visiting during holidays, all friendly.

    November 23, 2012

  • Carol M.

    I cannot think of a better way to spend such a beautiful, cool, sunny day than a walk in the woods. Thank you, Lenny, as always!

    November 23, 2012

  • Robert L.

    Great hike. Great company. Could not be better.

    November 23, 2012

  • Wes C

    If anyone wants to carpool from St Petersburg, please contact me. I'm in the Tyrone Mall area.

    1 · November 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I will be there at 8:30 waiting. Thanks Wes

      November 21, 2012

    • Wes C

      A spot opened up in my carpool.

      November 22, 2012

  • Dale M.

    I should have check for Friday hikes earlier! Sounds like a nice hike.

    November 22, 2012

  • Michael T. G.

    Lenny, thanks for opening it up to those on the waiting list!

    mike

    1 · November 19, 2012

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