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Annual Conference - Paynes Prairie

Join us for our 2013 Annual Conference in historic Micanopy.  The facility is located across from Paynes Prairie.

YMCA Camp McConnell - Facilities


Join FTA at the 2013 Annual Conference! Trails Don't Build Themselves

Camp McConnell Campfire Camp McConnell Fire Ring

The Florida Trail Association would like to extend an invitation to join us at our 2013 Annual Conference, Trails Don't Build Themselves!

This year's event will be held at Camp McConnell in Micanopy, Florida on March 15-17, 2013. Registration began on January 14, 2013 and will close on March 11, 2013. There will also be registration at the event starting at 2 p.m. on March 15.

Rope Course

A variety of hikes, nature walks, presentations, demonstrations and tours are among some of the exciting events planned for this memorable weekend full of the great outdoors!  With over 30 activities to choose from, you can shape your own conference experience.  Carpool to Micanopy for an historic tour of the town.  Head to the University of Florida campus for a special tour of the Florida Natural History Museum's Butterfly Rainforest or stay at the camp and enjoy presentations on hiking trails, nature programs and how to workshops or just enjoy socializing and catching up with your fellow FTA members!

On-Line registration is now open on the Florida Trail website at http://www.floridatrail.org/html/annual_conference.cfm

You can also download a hard copy to mail in, or we can mail you a copy of the registration form.

Dining Hall

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Trail Association at (352)[masked].  

Check out the Annual Conference promo video!

Looking forward to a great conference and we hope to see you there!

-The Florida Trail Association

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Wild horses run around a green grassy open area in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.

More than 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and more than 270 species of birds. Exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center explain the area´s natural and cultural history. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve.

Eight trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling, including the 16 mile long, paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Fishing on Lake Wauberg is allowed and a boat ramp provides access for canoes and boats with electric motors. Gasoline powered boats are not allowed. Full-facility campsites are available for overnight visitors. Annual special events include Stargazing Party in January and Fire Fest in March. Other events and ranger programs are available on weekends, November through April.

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  • Barbara T.

    Here are a few more pics. Hope you enjoy them.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone, I had such a great time. You are a wonderful group and I so enjoyed spending time with each of you and learning more about the FTA and the different groups. I am attaching some pictures. Looking forward to the Econfina hike.

    1 · March 20, 2013

    • Rick

      Linda, It was great to meet you. I hope you are happy with your pack and sleeping bag.

      1 · March 20, 2013

    • Mary E T.

      Yep. We must plan a backpacking trip for sure!

      1 · March 20, 2013

  • Barbara T.

    Wonderful pics. Wonderful experience.

    March 19, 2013

  • Charissa T.

    Great Pictures Ron & Andi!

    March 18, 2013

  • Andi Fradette B.

    It was a great time, I want to go back and spend more time in that area, checking out the prairie and trails. Let's do it!

    March 18, 2013

  • Ron P.

    It was great fun - wonderful being with all of you. I hope many more from all the chapters will come next year!

    March 18, 2013

  • Howard P.

    It was a great weekend...and great to get in some time with you all. Thanks for posting the pics.

    March 17, 2013

  • Charissa T.

    Sorry.....Thanks to Linda and Howard too!

    March 17, 2013

  • Charissa T.

    What a GREAT weekend! Sorry so many folks missed out! Thanks Andi, Sue, Ron, Barbara, Mary and Rick for all the fun. I'll do that any time with you guys! Just say when!

    March 17, 2013

  • Rick

    Here is a video I shot of the Bats
    http://youtu.be/zYF0R31RLbg

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks you guys for the great response. I am out of town and will be driving over from the Lake City area. I am going to be bunking, this takes me back a few years:)!! I plan on arriving between 2 - 3. My cell number is[masked]-1514. Call me and I will catch up with you all.

    March 11, 2013

  • Ron P.

    Linda, are you interested in driving or riding with one of us? Suggest you email back to [masked] (and also to Sue) so we can all communicate better. Can also call[masked], my cell. We're all looking forward to meeting you!

    March 11, 2013

  • Howard P.

    Look forward to meeting you Linda. Couple of us will be coming over from Tallahassee.

    March 11, 2013

  • Rick

    Hi Linda, I am not sure if we have met. Are you camping or bunking? I will be getting there around 3:00. I have a green car so I am easy to find.

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone,
    I am new to the group and looking forward to going to the FTA meeting this weekend in Micanopy. I would love to connect with those of you that are going.

    March 11, 2013

  • Howard P.

    Great site and area to be in...hope lots of us take advantage of the opportunity.

    February 21, 2013

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  • Rick
    FTA Member/ Trailmaster/ Activity Leader, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Andi Fradette B.
    FTA Member / Publicity Chair
  • Howard P.
    FTA Member
  • Tomorrow +1
    FTA Member
  • Mary E T.
    Director, Econfina Section Leader, Sawyer, Activities Chair, Co-Organizer
  • Charissa T.
    Director, Activity Leader, FTA member, Co-Organizer
  • Ron P.
    Activity Leader, FTA Member
  • Barbara T.
    FTA Member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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