We did this ride last year in April and it was absolutely beautiful!!
On Sunday we will be visiting the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. We will post that as a seperate event.
Saturday........PLEASE LOOK AT WRITTEN DIRECTIONS AS THE MAP PUTS YOU JUST WEST OF ACTUAL ENTRANCE ON Osowaw Blvd. The entrance to the parking area is on Open Quarry Rd. across the street from the SDA Church at 2300 Osowaw Blvd.
Weather Permitting: Saturday, Feb 10th, we will be biking the Weeki Wachee Preserve area.
This adventure is best suited for people with moderate to advanced biking ability. Only a very small portion is paved. You could have to ride through some grassy areas, bumpy areas, soft sugar sand, etc.,. This will be a leisurely ride and we will stop often to explore the many beautiful limestone pit lakes and limestone formations but if you're not a fairly strong bicyclist, you will want to sit this one out.
Length: 5 to 14 miles
Type: loop and round trip
Difficulty: moderate to challenging in some areas
Restroom: portable toilet
• We will be biking in mostly open areas with no shade. Bring sun protection and plenty of water. You may want to bring a disposable poncho or rain jacket just in case...... It's Florida!! :-)
• Most importantly, bring a snack lunch and water for yourself!!
About the Preserve.....
"Named for the river which defines its northern boundary, the 11,000-acre Weeki Wachee Preserve protects a mosaic of habitats which, along with adjoining public lands, form the largest remaining Florida black bear habitat along the peninsular Gulf Coast. The preserve is centered around a mine reclamation area, where limestone was once quarried from deep pits. Now filled with water, these pits form a chain of lakes within a rocky, alkaline landscape surrounded by native habitats."
There have been reports of lots of nesting birds in the area and a visible coyote den!
Visit https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/weekiwachee.html and http://floridahikes.com/weekiwachee-preserve for more information about the preserve.