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Hike and Paddle in the Hinson Park on National Trails Day

Join the Panhandle Chapter and our friends from Marianna for a hike on National Trails Day, on the new Hinson Trail in the Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area (HCRA). We will also visit Alamo Cave and "the Ovens" (another cave, see photo), and paddle in the Chipola River.

During the month of April, the Florida Trail Association hosted an F-Troop event to build the new trail FTA Staff, members of the Panhandle Chapter, members from other FTA Chapters, and volunteers from the Marianna area contributed over 600 hours of work to build this beautiful trail along the bluffs of the Chipola River. The City of Marianna plans to host a grand opening event in September (details to come).

You may meet us to carpool from the Winn Dixie in Lynn Haven at 8:00 am, or you can meet us at Hinson about 9:15 am.

Directions to HCRA: From Panama City, head North on 231. Turn right at the "Marianna cutoff" (Hwy 167), about 6 miles north of SR 20. At the end of 167 at you near Marianna, turn right and go under I-10 until you reach Hwy 90 in Marianna, and turn right. Continue east into the downtown area and turn right again (south) on Jefferson St, which is SR 73. Proceed south on SR 73 one mile and turn left into Hinson at the red sign. The entrance road is Gator Hole Ln. Continue about a mile to the end of Gator Hole Ln to the River and park.

There is no limit of hikers for this activity. Both FTA members and non-members are welcome. Pets are allowed, but must be on a 6-ft leash at all times, and picked up after.

Bring bug spray, water, lunch, proper walking shoes and socks (in case of poison ivy), and a flashlight for the Ovens cave. If you wish to wade or paddle in the River, bring water shoes, a bathing suit or change of clothes, a towel, and a canoe or kayak with paddles and life jackes.

For further information, contact the Activity Leader, Ron Peterson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WxpUt8zV68&feature=share

Watch the video of Hinson

I have 3 of the brand new National Trail Days shirts for sale. I have 2 in size Large and one in size XL. They are $14.95 each. Email me if you want one. [masked] Click on this link to see them.

http://americanhiki241.corecommerce.com/National-Trails-Day-2012-T-Shirt-p36.html

We also have our new Florida Trail Panhandle Chapter shirts still available. They are selling quick. If you still want one, email Ron.

Bring your dog and receive the new Milk-bone Trailmix sponsored by Milk-Bone.

Kids will receive free stickers and temp. tattoos.

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  • Shirley Jones H.

    What a beautiful place for a National Trails Day event! We really enjoyed our day at Hinson Park so much that we went again on Sunday with our canoe and paddled up to the Ovens. It was wonderful! Thanks for organizing the event.

    June 4, 2012

  • Shirley Jones H.

    You are welcome! I love backing and it's makes my day when people enjoy my cookies.

    June 4, 2012

  • Linda T.

    Shirley--- you DO make yummy butterscotch cookies-- thank you for sharing!

    June 3, 2012

  • Linda T.

    This was an excellent day for hiking.
    The new trail was beautiful following along the chipola river. Thank you for planning and coordinating such a wonderful adventure onto our native Florida trails.

    June 3, 2012

  • Denise L.

    We hiked one section of the trail and the woods were beautiful. Saw several sink holes and a cave. The trail followed the water. Kayaking after lunch was fun. Upstream to the cave. The water was invigorating and the day couldn't have been less pleasent.

    June 3, 2012

  • Charissa T.

    BEAUTIFUL! Great looking trails, ideal spot and super company!

    June 3, 2012

  • Andi Fradette B.

    Good morning yawl. Bruce Fertal & I will meet you at Hinson around 9ish.

    June 2, 2012

  • Ron P.

    And we will also meet at the Winn Dixie in Lynn Haven at 8 am to carpool!

    June 2, 2012

  • Ron P.

    I'll bring orange Panhandle T-Shirts. At this point they're mostly L, XL, and XXLs. See ya'll at the canoe launch at about 9:15 am. Bring your picnic lunch...

    June 2, 2012

  • Rick

    I will also have a few National Trail Days Shirts for sale $15 and I am sure Ron will also be bringing some FTA Panhandle shirts as well.

    June 1, 2012

  • Rick

    I will be meeting everone in Marianna. I will bring an extra kayak and lots of Milk-Bone Trail mix for all those that are bringing dogs. Please remember to bring a leash. I can also bring a great mutitool donated by Gerber to rafffle off (all proceeds will go to chapter.) Ron, can you bring the tickets?

    June 1, 2012

  • Ron P.

    mmm... they are the greatest!

    June 1, 2012

  • Shirley Jones H.

    I wanted to let everyone know that I will be bringing some of my homemade butterscotch cookies tomorrow. If you helped out building the Hinson Trail you know how good they are.

    June 1, 2012

  • Ron P.

    Thank you Shirley. The canoe launch area is where folks park at the very end of the dirt road (called Gator Hole Ln). The road ends in a small cul-de-sac near the river and boat ramp, with the picnic tables.

    June 1, 2012

  • Shirley Jones H.

    Ron where is the canoe launch area?

    June 1, 2012

  • Shirley Jones H.

    Ron I would be happy to watch the canoes/kayaks. I would love to do the walk but my knee is giving so much trouble that I think I probably shouldn't stress it more by hiking. We live in Marianna so we have a lot of time to hike our new trail.

    June 1, 2012

  • Ron P.

    Is any one interested in staying in the picnic area by the river for an hour or so (while the others go for a walk on the trail) to keep an eye on the canoes/kayaks? Maybe someone who is interested in kayaking, but not so much the walk. It's a very pleasant place by the river to relax for an hour...

    June 1, 2012

  • Linda T.

    Mary - I'm in Miramar Beach and meeting up with a friend in Vernon. You are welcome to ride with me up to Vernon then on to Marianna with us if you like?

    May 31, 2012

  • Mary M.

    Hi, is anyone besides me coming from the Niceville area? Mary McKinley

    May 31, 2012

  • Ron P.

    Yes, we will park at the canoe launch area, then go for a 1 mile or so hike on the prettiest section of our new trail, then launch our canoes/kayaks from the canoe launch to paddle upstream to the Ovens Cave to explore, then back downstream to the canoe launch. Lunch will be at the picnic tables in the the canoe launch area, either before or after the paddle. We'll ask someone to watch our cars/boats while the rest hike for an hour or so.

    May 31, 2012

  • Mary E T.

    Are we hiking then kayaking? I may pass on the water part.....

    May 31, 2012

  • Rick

    Thanks

    May 15, 2012

  • Ron P.

    Very nice video of trail, Rick. Thanks!

    May 14, 2012

  • Frances S.

    After the hike, take a good look at your body for ticks. Several outdoors people have said there are more ticks on the Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area property than in most places.

    May 13, 2012

  • Shirley Jones H.

    I am so glad that you have decided to have your NTD event at Hinson Park. It's absolutely beautiful! Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help with the event. I used to work for AHS and have attended and helped with a lot of NTD events over the years.

    April 23, 2012

  • Barbara T.

    Wear long socks, the poison ivey is every where and thick. Long pants are a good idea due to this

    April 23, 2012

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