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ABOUT US:

We are the Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, bringing hikers together throughout the Capital Region surrounding Tallahassee since 1982. The Apalachee Chapter is one of 18 Florida Trail Association chapters statewide that provide volunteers to build and maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail. (http://www.floridatrail.org/) Our Chapter's main reason for existence is building and maintaining almost 150 miles of the FNST (from the Aucilla River to the Apalachicola River) as well as several other local trails on public lands (Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, Ft. Braden Trail in Lake Talquin State Forest, and the hiking trails in Torreya State Park). The Florida National Scenic Trail is a 1,100 mile hiking trail spanning the length of Florida--from the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades to Gulf Islands National Seashore in the western Panhandle.The Apalachee Chapter has the distinction of having the first certified section of the Florida National Scenic Trail, certified by the USDA Forest Service in 1988. The Apalachee Chapter conducts a wide variety of activities year-round, and holds a program meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Our website at http://apalachee.floridatrail.org (http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/newsletters/) has many helpful links to information about our chapter, our trails, and hiking in general. Our activities are free to non-FTA-members but donations are accepted to help cover the costs of those activities and to help fund tools for trail work. A donation of any amount may be given to the Activity Leader when you participate in an activity.

NOTE:
Joining this Meetup site does not automatically make you a member of the Florida Trail Association. Please support the cost of our activities, and receive membership benefits, by joining the Florida Trail Association and becoming a member of the Apalachee Chapter. Go to http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member to join FTA online (or call the FTA office in Gainesville, toll-free 1-877-445-3352).

PLEASE READ:
Before you sign up for an activity, please read the Activity Participant Guidelines at http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/guidelines-for-activity-participants (http://apalachee.floridatrail.org/guidelines-for-activity-participants/) This will make for a better outing experience for all concerned.

Here's a video about the Florida Trail:
"History of the Florida Trail" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5bfqEv9EPw

Upcoming events (5+)

Cancelled - WATERFALL & HIKING TRIP IN NORTH GEORGIA

Join this trip for day-hikes with your friends from FTA! Flatlanders from Florida can consider these hikes to be S for Strenuous - train in advance and come prepared. FTA members only. A detailed Itinerary follows, yet specific hikes will be determined by those who attend. Friday, May 17 Everyone drives up to Dahlonega, GA. Meet for dinner downtown at Pueblo’s Mexican Restaurant (82 E W Main St). Stay where desired. Weekend Arts & Wine Festival in Dahlonega http://dahlonega.org/arts-a-live-music/the-arts/605-dahlonega-arts-wine-festival Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19 Blood Mountain (about 35 min. north from Dahlonega) highest point of the Appalachian Trail at 4,458’ Lots of hiking along Appalachian trail (length as desired), Mountain Crossing store nearby, even several wineries in area Hiking options from cabin site: 2 and 1/2 miles from cabins to top of mountain; can hike 6-8 miles east from cabins along the prettiest part of the trail for more challenge Stay at Blood Mountain Cabins http://www.bloodmountain.com/index.htm Cabins, 2 night min. stay, all are 2-5 persons with 2 queen beds and a pullout, small kitchen and full bathroom with shower, $89-109/night (depends upon view), I have reserved the Fox ($99) and Rabbit ($109) cabins (total with tax $465.92); everyone can pay separately at time of stay. Restaurant 20 mins. down the road, or cabin store has snacks and pizza Monday, May 20, Tuesday, May 21 & Wednesday, May 22 Lots of hiking options nearby: Brasstown Bald - Highest point in Georgia at 4,784', 5-mile ridge trail with great views, visitor center Raven Cliff Falls - 5 mile trail roundtrip http://www.georgiatrails.com/gt/raven_cliff_falls_trail Duke's Falls - 3.8 mile trail roundtrip http://www.georgiatrails.com/gt/dukes_creek_falls_trail Anna Ruby Falls - only a 1/2 mile paved walk to falls from parking, but a beautiful fall Helen, GA nearby with restaurants and shops, very touristy (5 mins. + traffic) Stay at Unicoi State Park Adventure Camp (about 35 mins. east from Blood Mountain cabins) Cabins https://www.unicoilodge.com/accommodations/adventure-camp/ Adventure Camp includes 4 cabins with 2 double beds and 5th cabin with 3 double beds, a shared cabin with a living room and kitchen, 2 bathhouses with toilet/sink/shower, and an outdoor pavilion with cookout area, no pets $450 total (I have reserved this; everyone can pay separately at time of stay.) Camper area also available. Restaurant and tavern at site Thursday, May 23 Stay in area to explore or return home TOTAL COST & DEPOSIT $915.92 for the cabins for 5 nights shared across 8-10 people equals only $91.60-$114.49 total/per person. That's all - so cheap! But we need 8-10 people. I need to receive a deposit of $100 to ensure the seriousness of your commitment to this trip by Monday, April 29th in cash. If the trip is cancelled due to lack of interest/participation (less than 8 people committed by April 29th), then your cash will be returned to you. (If you cancel for any reason, you will NOT receive your cash back unless someone is on a waiting list and able to pay the deposit in your place.) You can bring me the cash at any one of the "A Walk in the Woods" events Mon./Thurs., the "Brisk Walk" on Wed., April 24th, or the Sat. April 27th hike I am leading. Or email me to make other arrangements.) Check our Meetup site for dates, meeting locations, and any last minute announcements before starting out. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850)[masked], or [masked]. FTA Members Only. For more information contact: Courtnay Micots (850)[masked], [masked].

A Walk in the Woods: Lafayette Heritage Trail Park (Piney-Z)

Lafayette Heritage Trail (Piney Z) Park

EVERY MONDAY. 5:00 PM - A WALK IN THE WOODS: LAFAYETTE HERITAGE TRAIL PARK (PINEY-Z) This is a moderate to strenuous walk through the woods at your length (3.5 miles+ at 3-4 miles/hour is common). We rest for a few minutes at the 2-mi. midway point. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, and insect repellent. Walk starts at 5:15 PM sharp. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850)[masked], [masked] Please review all details provided about the activity. It is up to the participant to contact the event organizer at least two (2) days before the event for any information. If events are limited, some information may not be posted until closer to the event. Do not wait until the day of the event to request information as it may be too late to get back to you. Additionally, please change your RSVP on Meetup if you can no longer attend as there may be a waitlist. The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Be prepared for the weather, insects and sun protection. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader. Get advance notice on events like this and other great activities by joining the Florida Trail Association and becoming a member of the Apalachee Chapter. Go to http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member to join FTA online (or call the FTA office in Gainesville, toll-free[masked]), join our Meetup.com site at https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ApalacheeChapter.FTA/ .

BRISK WALKS (“Trails, Grub & Tall Tales")

JR Alford Greenway

Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM sharp. This allows us to increase our mileage as well as hike different loop trails! Bring snacks if needed, water and dress in layers. Bring flashlight/headlamp. Come hydrated! Will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 - 3.5 mph. Afterwards, plan to grab some dinner and listen to some tall hiking tales! Hey, you earned it! Location: JR Alford Greenway, Pedrick Road, Tallahassee. Contacts: Janet Stephens (850)[masked], [masked] or Elwood McElhaney (850)[masked], [masked] "At the end of the walk, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy and your eyes will be sparkling!" Please review all details provided about the activity. It is up to the participant to contact the event organizer at least two (2) days before the event for any information. If events are limited, some information may not be posted until closer to the event. Do not wait until the day of the event to request information as it may be too late to get back to you. Additionally, please change your RSVP on Meetup if you can no longer attend as there may be a waitlist. The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Be prepared for the weather, insects and sun protection. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader. Get advance notice on events like this and other great activities by joining the Florida Trail Association and becoming a member of the Apalachee Chapter. Go to http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member to join FTA online (or call the FTA office in Gainesville, toll-free[masked]), join our Meetup.com site at https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ApalacheeChapter.FTA/ .

A Walk in the Woods: Miccosukee Greenway, Thornton Trailhead

Miccosukee Greenway Thornton Rd Trailhead

EVERY THURSDAY. 5:00 PM - A WALK IN THE WOODS: MICCOSUKEE GREENWAY, THORNTON TRAILHEAD This is a moderate to strenuous walk through the woods at your length (3.5 miles+ at 3-4 miles/hour is common). We rest for a few minutes at the 2-mi. midway point. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, and insect repellent. Meet near the restrooms and walk at 5:15 PM sharp. Contact: Courtnay Micots (850)[masked], [masked] Please review all details provided about the activity. It is up to the participant to contact the event organizer at least two (2) days before the event for any information. If events are limited, some information may not be posted until closer to the event. Do not wait until the day of the event to request information as it may be too late to get back to you. Additionally, please change your RSVP on Meetup if you can no longer attend as there may be a waitlist. The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Be prepared for the weather, insects and sun protection. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader. Get advance notice on events like this and other great activities by joining the Florida Trail Association and becoming a member of the Apalachee Chapter. Go to http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member to join FTA online (or call the FTA office in Gainesville, toll-free[masked]), join our Meetup.com site at https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ApalacheeChapter.FTA/ .

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A Walk in the Woods: Miccosukee Greenway, Thornton Trailhead

Miccosukee Greenway Thornton Rd Trailhead

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