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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+)

MICCOSUKEE GREENWAY BIKE RIDE

Miccosukee Greenway - west trailhead

2:00 PM – MICCOSUKEE GREENWAY BIKE RIDE: FLEISCHMAN ROAD TRAILHEAD – Join us for a ~1.5-Hour / ~6.5-Mile trail ride on the wellmaintained, gravel paths of the Miccosukee Greenway. We will meet at the Fleischmann Road Trailhead and ride from there to the Thornton Road Trailhead and back. The path is gravel and sand, so it is more conducive to hybrid, cyclocross, or mountain bikes (wider tires than “road bikes”). There are some rolling hills that will challenge casual riders. Bring your bike, helmet, water, snacks, insect repellent, sun protection, and rain gear, as needed. DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Miccosukee Greenway’s Fleischman Road Trailhead, located on the north side of Fleischmann Road between Welaunee Blvd and Miccosukee Road. PLEASE SIGN UP ON MEETUP. Contact Ron Harrison (850)[masked], [masked] or Judi Harrison, [masked], (850)[masked] Judi Harrison, (850)[masked], [masked] Please review all details provided about the activity. It is up to the participant to get with the event organizer at least 2 days before the event for any information. If events are limited, some information may not be posted till closer to the event. Do not wait till the day of the event to request information as it may be too late to get back to you. In addition, please change your RSVP on Meetup if you can no longer attend as there may be a waitlist. 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 Face Book https://www.facebook.com/ApalacheeChapter.FTA/

ArtiGras 2019 Creole Festival

Railroad Square Art Park

Stop by the FTA Booth and enjoy this annual spring festival! Event host: The Cross-Cultural Coalition (CCC) is located within Railroad Square Art Park, in the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area (as officially designated by the City of Tallahassee) between FSU and FAMU. ArtiGras (FREE), is similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is comprised of food & crafts vendors, activities, art exhibitions, stage performances preceded by dance lessons, and a parade around Railroad Square. Led by a brass band, the parade includes groups and individuals who have created their own costumes or small floats, decorated their cars, or dressed up their dogs. ArtiGras makes a special effort to educate Southside students about the Creole cultures of the South that have Mardi Gras traditions (i.e., New Orleans and S.W. Louisiana, Mobile, and Apalachicola). ArtiGras 2019 festival in Railroad Square Art Park located at 645 McDonnell Dr., in Tallahassee will be Saturday, February 16th from 2:00 - 10:00pm (FREE) with an After Party from 10:00pm-2:00am at Signature Lounge (advance tickets available). More details at their website: www.crossculturalcoalition.org

3RD ANNUAL "GRANDMA GATEWOOD" COMMEMORATIVE WALK: ELEANOR PHIPPS TRAILHEAD

Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park (Gate A)

Sorry our limit of 25 reached. 3RD ANNUAL "GRANDMA GATEWOOD" COMMEMORATIVE WALK: ELEANOR PHIPPS TRAILHEAD. Emma Gatewood/"Grandma Gatewood" was a grandmother who enjoyed adventure and hiked the Appalachian Trail three (3) times—the 1st time at the age of 67. Ben Montgomery wrote a very good book “Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail. We honor her by hiking the 2.5 +/- mile Swamp Forest Loop Trail. For those that want a little more hiking; participants can also experience the Coon Bottom Loop 1.5+/- mile trail (spur trail off the Swamp Forest Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. LIMIT 25. Contact: April Edmonds (850)[masked], [masked] or Dawn Griffin (850) 509- 6103, [masked] Please review all details provided about the activity. It is up to the participant to get with the event organizer at least 2 days before the event for any information. If events are limited, some information may not be posted till closer to the event. Do not wait till the day of the event to request information as it may be too late to get back to you. In addition, please change your RSVP on Meetup if you can no longer attend as there may be a waitlist. 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 Face Book https://www.facebook.com/ApalacheeChapter.FTA/

Stress Busters Power Walk (“Trails, Grub and Tales”) 2:45 AND/OR 4:15 PM Grub

TWO WALKING DISTANCE OPTIONS: (1) Come at 2:45 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 3:00 PM. At the end of this first hike you can leave or take a short rest and meet the folks joining us at 4:15 PM to hike another 3.5+/- mile loop trail. OR (2) Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM. Elwood will be co-leading. This allows us to increase our mileage as well as hike different loop trails before it gets too dark! Bring snack, water, dress in layers and a headlamp/small flashlight. Will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 - 3.5 mph. After the hike 2nd hike, plan to drive over to grab a bite to eat. Hey, you earned it! Contact: Dawn Griffin (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!"

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