Hike #9 Western Corridor Hike Series of the Florida National Scenic Trail

> Day/Date/Time:  Wednesday, January 23, 2013.  8:00 a.m.
> Hike: Chinsegut Nature Center to Tucker Hill
> Meeting Pt: Tucker Hill Fire Tower in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest
Note: Fire Tower is about 1.5 miles to east of Dempsey Rd
> Distance/Pace: Point to Point Hike of apprx 10 miles.
> Pace: about 20 - 22 minutes per mile. With breaks anticipate 4 1/2 hours.
> What to Bring: 1 1/2 - 2 quarts of water, snack to eat en route, sandwich for when we break, sunscreen, insect repellent.

Instructions:  From Tucker Hill we will carpool to the kiosk on the southern point on bottom of the triangle formed by US 41 and Snow Memorial Hwy (AKA CR 581/ CR 481).

FYI: At this time, on this route, the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) Western Corridor thru-hike has about 8 miles of next-to-county-road-hiking. Although in the grand scheme of things it is not that bad a walk, we will skip that road segment (we will be only 1/4 mile from where it ends), add a nature loop and then continue on the trail. 

Hike: The hike will go around the three mile Chinsegut Nature Trail.  The three miles is no great shakes but nice to know about as it crosses a  prairie on a boardwalk, goes by a bird blind and a small sink hole - who knows, you  may want to get up very early some morning to show the kids/grandkids a bird blind.  We will then hike along Deer Run dirt road for a few miles before entering Perry Oldenburg Wildlife area.  From Perry O we will take the trail that connects to Croom  A loop and then the mile south to Tucker Hill Fire Tower.

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  • ROSY

    Nice hike! Lots of deer to see!

    January 25, 2013

  • treehouseyoga

    Well organized, great area info, good breaks - Gordy is the best :-)

    January 23, 2013

  • Bud S.

    It was over too soon! Wonderful people all over the place!
    Special thanks to Gordy and Jim and all the rest.

    January 23, 2013

  • Marlyn

    Is the address on the map right? It is west of 75?

    26416 County Road 480 W
    Brooksville, FL 34601

    January 20, 2013

    • gordyhawkins

      Marlyn,that address is incorrect. Go to calendar, click on the hike, the second heading will say "Withlacoodchee State Forest Croom Tract, Tucker Hill Trailhead" . Click on the box and it will present the map that is good. It is on Croom Rital Rd. Take care,

      January 20, 2013

  • treehouseyoga

    I just edited the map to reflect the correct location.

    January 13, 2013

  • Kathleen

    OMG, would so love to be there... if the stars line up just right and it looks like i can be there, I'll ask for in-depth directions to the fire tower .

    January 13, 2013

  • Ed

    What will be the total distance?

    January 1, 2013

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