if you desire to participate in this event, please reach out to Ken before completing your RSVP... I just want to make sure that you'll have a place to camp before you commit
MANATEES & MORE
Blue Spring State Park is a Manatee Refuge each winter. In addition to seeing manatees up close, we will be busy hiking, biking, kayaking, and more! Please read the full event schedule.
The campground is fully booked. You may be able to share a campsite with a Lark member who already has a site reserved.
You don’t have to camp to enjoy these outings. Feel free to come for the day Saturday or Sunday, or stay the night at a park cabin, nearby motel, or B&B.
Also, if you plan to arrive Saturday to hike at 11 am and stay the night, it will be too soon to check in that morning. Tell the ranger you are here now to go on a 11 am hiking outing and will come back to check-in afterwards at approximately 2 pm. They might let you check-in then, or they might ask you to come back at 2 pm.
Take I-95 south to Daytona Beach and then I-4 west. Take exit 114 to FL-472 W towards Deland. After three miles take the ramp to US-17 South. In two miles turn right onto W. French Ave. The park is ahead on the left in two miles.
NOTE: You will see signs for Deland before this exit…do not take them…be PATIENT and take exit 114.
Friday, December 13
• 6:00 pm: Attend the Deland Artisan Alley Farmers Market. This is a new event for this year I am adding based on a recommendation.
Saturday, December 14
• 11:00 am: Hike five miles of the park’s trail system.
• 2:00 pm: Bike 15 miles roundtrip to Deland, including a stop at the Elusive Grape (see below for more details)
• 6:00 pm: Pot luck fellowship dinner around a fire pit while eating, drinking, and making s’mores! Please bring munchies to share.
Sunday, December 15
• 9:00 am: Kayak a four-mile portion of the St John’s River and Snake Creek.
• 12:00 pm: Group lunch at a to be determined restaurant.
KAYAK & HIKE OUTINGS
The kayak & hike outings we will meet in the parking lot at the very end of the park road. There are two parking lots towards the end of the park road: Do not turn right into the first parking lot; simply keep going straight and you will end up in the correct parking lot.
The kayak launch is at the furthest end of the parking lot on the left. We start off paddling south in the St Johns River and within 15 minutes will reach Snake Creek. The creek is mostly narrow and shaded and provides great views or birds, turtles, and sometimes gators! I think you’ll enjoy the paddle a lot!
For the hike, the trailhead is easily accessible from the same parking lot as the kayak outing. The trail is mostly flat, some on firm ground and some on sandy ground. The views range from wooded, to plains, to cypress and palm trees, to a wheat field…this hike has it all!
KAYAK RENTAL INFORMATION
The bike outing will meet at site #21. We start off on a beautiful paved bike trail, and the last part of the ride is along the side of a couple paved, lightly travels city roads. We’ll park and lock our bikes in town and then have about two hours to enjoy the walking, shopping, and restaurants of beautiful downtown Deland.
The Elusive Grape is a crowd favorite along with a chocolate and antique store! Here is the Elusive Grape website: http://elusivegrape.com/
Please wear a life jacket on the kayak outing and a helmet on the bike trip. Suggest also bringing a hat, sunglasses, and water. Also, don’t forget your camping supplies and food!!