This month's featured speaker: 50 Hikes in Central Florida
Discover Central Florida's hiking gems as authors Sandra Friend and John Keatley present the beauty behind their third edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida. Released in January 2019, the guidebook leads you to hundreds of hikes across the region. After a visual presentation of hikes from Crystal River to St. Petersburg, Daytona Beach, and Melbourne, Sandra and John will showcase additional details on their favorite hikes in and around Volusia County. They'll sign books after their talk.
The duo behind the popular website FloridaHikes.com, Sandra and John are life members of the Florida Trail Association and the authors of The Florida Trail Guide. They live on the Space Coast.
Please join us at the FTA Black Bear Chapter meeting as we discuss updates and items pertinent to this seasons trail maintenance and hiking activities. Jeff Glenn from the Florida Trail Association In Gainesville plans to be at our meeting and discuss the condition of the FT as well as Bear and other concerns that are affecting the trail this winter.
Get to know your fellow FTA members, with guests always welcome.
The Chapter sends a special invitation to all of our new members (FTA and Meetup) to attend this general meeting. This will be a chance for you to meet both new and longtime members and learn about the hikes and activities planned for the winter hiking season.
The general meeting will begin at 6:00 pm with a short social period (Snack foods and beverages are appreciated.) followed by some short announcements and then reports from the various teams in our chapter and a speaker. As always there will be an open period for inputs from everyone.
Some of the specific items we will be discussing, include but not limited to are:
1. Trail maintenance plans and activities
2. Weekly series of hikes in the Ocala National Forest (our home!)
3. Other hikes and activities such as Kayak events, History hikes and other activities
4. Special concerns regarding the status of the Florida Trail system
As a general note: We will be camping and doing some trail maintenance at Tomoka State Park in association with our General Meeting on Mar 12, 13 (before the general meeting) and 14th AND camping in the Tomoka State Park Group camp site which is free to volunteers who help with maintenance.
Once you get to the park ranger station at the entrance let them know that you are attending the FTA general meeting and they will waive the $5 entry fee. Once you pass the ranger station go another approx. 0.6 miles to Recreation Hall on your right where the meeting will be located. Plenty of free parking in front of building.
"Welcome to Tomoka State Park----
Native Americans once dwelt here, living off fish-filled lagoons. Today, these waters are popular for canoeing, boating, and fishing. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species, such as the West Indian manatee. Tomoka is a bird-watcher's paradise, with over 160 species sighted, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Visitors can stroll a one-half mile nature trail through a hardwood hammock that was once an indigo field for an 18th century British landowner. A boat ramp gives boaters and canoeists access to the river. The Park Store offers snacks, camping supplies, and canoe rentals. For overnight stays, the park has full-facility campsites and youth camping."
As always, the public is invited.
Thank you and Happy Hiking!!!