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Backpacking Adventure!

2 Day Backpacking Adventure

Join the Tampa Adventure Group as we head into the beautiful Withlachoochee State Park, located north of Tampa, for a 2 day overnight hike and camp out!

Event difficulty Rating: 6 of 10 - Moderate
(14 mile hike in 2 days, sandy terrain, outdoor primitive camping, possible hot and stormy weather)

Physical Requirement Rating:

Culture Shock Rating:

Children Allowed: Yes (Age 12+) with hiking experience

Pets Allowed: Yes, with a leash (No aggressive breeds)

Whats Included

  • Permit for the TAG group to enter the Florida State forest with a reserved campsite for our group.
  • Experienced TAG staff to guide the 12-14 mile round trip hike
  • Emergency medical gear and emergency rescue equipment on hand.
  • Free fun-filled photos of you and other TAG members throughout the hike.
  • TAG's "Quality Adventure Promise" with every event


Day 1

Day: Meet everyone at the parking lot at the trail head at 9:00AM, do some last min checks for gear, get rid of the heavy stuff and things you don't need for one might, and than head out on the trail.

It's not a race, enjoy the relaxing hike 7 miles and setup camp for the night at the campsite. Break out the gear setup tents for the night.

Night: If your hungry cook dinner over the fire or by using your stove and enjoy a night around the campfire under the stars. Explore the local area for a night hike. This is the best time to see Florida's nocturnal wildlife out and about.

Day 2:

Wake up to the sunrise and singing birds, enjoy an outdoors breakfast, and then break camp for the beautiful hike back on North loop trail.Once we reach the parking lot the hike has officially ended, and we hope you had an enjoyable trip.


$2.50 to park at the trail head

The required parking fee supports the Florida State park system and helps keep beautiful parks open so we can enjoy them with friends and family.

What to Pack

Note: This list is not complete but a guideline, please bring what you require for any medical conditions, comfort, and safety. Adjust your gear according to the weather, if its going to rain ditch the extras and add rain gear and your tents rain fly.

Water! the campsite does not have water so you must bring enough for the hike in, dinner and the night, and the hike back out.

Optional: You can also cache water on the side of the road where the trail crosses the road. For more information on where and how to cache water and food contact TAG.


* Plate or bowl – the lighter the better. You don’t need the entire kitchen table setting, it's just extra weight. A small Frisbee works well, too. TAG recommends a small lightweight stainless steel or plastic bowl.

* Mug or cup. Some options are metal mugs; stainless steel (kind of heavy) or titanium (light but expensive) T.A.G. recommends a stainless steel coffee cup.

* Spoon – A durable plastic spoon, they’re light and strong. T.A.G. recommends bringing one plastic spoon and one plastic fork.

* Water-bottle(s)/bag – If you’re backpack will accommodate it, the platypus style water bags work really well, with a hose that stays within reach so you can stay hydrated. Traditional water bottles will do. Consider that even if you have a water bag, you will probably want to bring at least one bottle (liter/quart) for powdered drinks. It can get hot in Florida so carry as much water as you need per day plus what you need for cooking.T.A.G. recommends 2 water jugs, plus a bladder, or extra water in your pack.

* Plastic Bags – it is a good idea to stick in a few extra zip lock bags and bags for various uses (including the storing of trash). T.A.G. recommends a thick black trash bag less than 30 gallons in size.


Clothing selection can vary according to personal preferences, here are some guidelines:

* Socks - Traditional wisdom…and personal experience… recommends medium weight wool blend socks (you can experiment with the weight of the sock to adjust your boot fit) combined with a sock liner…many use polypropylene, There are cheaper wool socks; they’ll work, too. You pretty much get what you pay for. Do try to avoid the regular cotton athletic sock; they won’t insulate when wet, they won’t wick away moisture, and you will likely get blisters.

* Boots/Hiking Shoes – got to have a good fit; got to break them in…although modern boots break in pretty quickly; need to support your weight including your pack on all types of terrain need to be water-proof; need to provide good traction in wet weather; need to provide protection to your feet and ankles. Try them out before you begin the hike so you're not backpacking in pain or discomfort.

* Rain Gear – Wide range of possibilities – But you need to stay keep you dry and allow some of that body heat to escape…poncho, or vinyl rain suits work – you’ll stay dry from the outside, but you will also get wet from the inside (less so with a poncho).

* Shirts – tee shirts work. Bring two. The nylon lightweight convertible fishing shirts (sleeves roll up) are nice, and will dry quickly when wet, but typically kind of pricey. Colored shirts won’t show dirt as much as white.

* Pants/shorts – don't bring jeans…too heavy… heavier when wet…take a week to dry… not really all that comfortable to hike in. Hiking pants or lightweight pants are the best. If you don't have hiking clothes then nylon hiking shorts work great, are light weight, and dry quickly. Lightweight gym shorts work well, too.

* Lightweight Jacket/sweatshirt - Polar fleece pull over that works nicely it insulates well and is light weight. A hooded sweatshirt can work as well…not quite as lightweight…not quite as warm and gets heavy if it gets wet.

* Bandanna – a good multi-purpose accessory. It can be your towel, washcloth, head-gear… and stylish, too.

* Camp Shoes – you will be tired of your boots or shoes by the end of the day. A lightweight pair of tennis shoes or flip flops is a good idea. Camp shoes are an optional item, but they come in handy as backup footwear in-case you have to cross a stream or have blister problems. I use an old pair of flip flops.

* Hat - Keeps you cool, keeps you warm, acts as something to put your "stuff" in while you are sleeping.


*Handy Wipes/Baby Wipes - Really come in handy when you don't have time or water to shower. Grab the unscented baby wipes and use them for just about anything, plus they wont attract bugs or animals.

* Toothbrush/Paste - small travel sizes work well.

* Toilet Paper – Unscented – bio-degradable (look for paper suitable for septic systems).

* Antiseptic soap – bio-degradable. Camp-suds are a good choice…concentrated, lightweight, and unscented which helps keep bugs and animals away.

* Towel - (if you’re not planning on making double use of your bandana).

* Sunscreen

* Lip balm

* Daily Medicines as needed.


* Tent – something that will keep you warm and dry. Don’t forget the rain fly. Ideally, the tent should weigh 7 pounds or less for two people. You can divide the load for 3.5 pounds apiece if needed. Solo hiking your tent should weigh around 4lbs or less if possible.

* Ground Cloth – protects the floor of the tent and helps keep the tent floor dry in torrential rains (water will flow under it if you set up the tent properly…with a little luck). A rectangle of clear plastic works well.

* Sleeping Bag – Of course, the type of bag depends on the altitude, longitude, and time of year. In Florida a 30 to 40 degree bag is a good bet for three seasons and then 50+ degree bag for the summers. It will probably weigh 2 to 4 pounds. If it weighs more than that, you might want to consider another bag. Don’t forget that your stuff sack needs to be waterproof. Your sleeping bag is your last line of defense against hypothermia. It MUST stay dry. TAG recommends putting the sleeping bag in a trash bag to keep it dry.

* Sleeping Pad – insulates you from the cold ground and provides some padding. A more economical choice is a closed cell foam pad, which is better than nothing. Sleeping on the ground without a pad or inflatable will leave you sore and cold in the morning.

* Pillow/Pillow Bag – use your sleeping bag stuff sack or any soft bag with a fleece jacket or other clothes as the “stuffing”. Bring what makes you comfortable, but full pillows take up a lot of room.


* Sunglasses

* First-Aid kit – You should have a small stash of personal first-aid items (aspirin, decongestant, moleskin, band-aids, antiseptic wipes…anything you anticipate consuming personally on the trip).

* Headlamp / Flashlight – Headlamps are a must over the traditional flashlights in the light weight and hands free capability. Doesn’t have to be big. A small AAA-size flashlight will do.

* Insect repellent – Deet or a natural brand.

* Knife – don't bring a giant sword or bowie knife. Something small and light-weight.

* Nylon Cord –[masked] ft. – Used for hanging bags, drying clothes, hanging lights, and making belts or laces. Doesn’t have to be heavy rope.

* Pack Cover – Packs are typically water repellent, not water-proof. A pack cover protects your pack from getting soaked (and heavy). TAG recommends using a strong sturdy trash bag if you don't have a pack cover.

* Matches or lighter

* Camera with extra batteries and memory cards

Directions and Maps

Tucker Hill Trail Head

26416 Croom Rd

Brooksville, FL 34601

Parking permit will be provided to you once you check in with the TAG staff member. Place the parking permit inside your car on the dash to avoid being towed.

For driving directions and a map click here!

Event Photos

How do I Contact TAG?

During the event look for TAG Staff in the green hats and white and green shirts. If there is anything we can do to make the event more enjoyable please let us know.

[masked]-TAG (824)


Thank You!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am located in Cincinnati, Ohio but spend most winter months in Florida!

    November 16, 2013

  • Jodi W.

    I will be unable to make the campout.

    March 15, 2013

  • Robert E

    I forgot to note that the date was changed.

    March 14, 2013

  • Mike F.

    Ah, I so wish I could go, I will be caving. I very much enjoy backpacking.

    March 11, 2013

  • Teresa T.

    sorry, will be in boston for st pattys day.. have fun

    March 10, 2013

  • Sally W. M.

    Tax Season!

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I signed up when it was 2/16, but now that you guys rescheduled to 3/16 I can't make it that day. Please refund.

    February 10, 2013

  • Tampa Adventure Group (.

    Date for this hike has changed to 16 March 2013 due to a big bike race in the forest. The permit date has been changed by the rangers and is now 16 March 2013.

    January 25, 2013

  • Jiff

    Inexperienced but prepared.

    January 22, 2013

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