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We paddle, hike, backpack and bike all over Florida and beyond! There are training trips, local to S. Florida, but our primary purpose is to get out into the wilds.

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CAMP, CHILL AND BIKE ENP

Everglades National Park Ernest Coe Visitor Center

We had such a great time that I have to go back this comi g weekend with the kids. This is going to be a weekend to be taken easy. We will camp at the beautiful Long Pine Key, ENP from Friday to Sunday, if you just want to show up for the day.....that's fine too. I will bring some of my Grandkids and if you don't like kids.....this trip is not for you. Friday: just chill around the campfire and getting ready for Saturday. Saturday: we are going to ride our bikes to the Nike Missile Site , then we'll ride on the Long Pine Key Nature Trail to the main road and from there back to the campground. Be ready to ride a minimum of 15 miles. Sunday: we have the option of doing absolutely nothing or hiking 7 miles on the Long Pine Key Nature Trail. Bring the usual: food, water, snacks, a bike. Bug repellent, hiking shoes, lots of beer and Tequila. I will be updating during the week.
Members are responsible for booking their own campsite (around $60.00 for two nights), you can make your reservations through Flamingo Adventures website.
For those who will not be camping: we will meet at the Campground registration office at 10 AM.
Update:
There is a possibility that the Long Pine Key trail will be flooded, if that's the case......we will ride 22 miles round trip to the misile site.

Vero Beach camping, kayaking, blues and BBQ weekend

St Sebastian River State Park

$25.00

Join us for a fun weekend camping, kayaking, and attending the Blues and BBQ festival. There's a 5 minute hike in to our primitive group site. It has a picnic table, covered shelter, fire ring, non potable water, and a porta-potty. We will paddle a nearby scenic river on Saturday, then attend the local Blues and BBQ festival for dinner and dancing ($5 tickets). There are miles of hiking trails for us to explore on Sunday, plus a manatee viewing area. We have a limited number of tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags plus kayaks for rent, if needed. Cost is $25 for camping for the weekend payable in advance to Kim. Cost to attend the blues and bbq festival is $5/day payable at entry.
Bring: Tent, sleeping bag, water, food, cooking equipment, kayak, canoe, musical instruments, bug spray, sunscreen, clothing for the weekend based on weather prediction. A wagon to pull gear to campsite is helpful.

Hiking Holiday Weekend

Withlacoochee State Forest

Located in West/Central Florida, the Withlacoochee State Forest is Florida's third largest state forest, with over 158,000 acres of ecological diversity and wonderment. The forest is comprised of several trail systems for hiking, biking and equestrian use, as well as lakes and waterways for fishing and paddling.

We will hike the Croom Tract. Croom trail loops vary in length, so depending upon ambition and ability, we have several options available, for hikes from 5.5 miles to 14.5 miles in total. The Withlacoochee offers other recreational activities such as birding, biking, paddling, picnicking... so in addition to hiking, we may choose to engage in other activities, especially those who plan to stay until Monday, President's Day.

Since campsites are limited within the forest, and most grounds restrict alcohol consumption on site, we will make camp at Sertoma Youth Ranch which is about a 20-minute drive from the forest. Cheers! There is also an option to cycle to the Croom Tract via the 10 mile-long, paved Good Neighbor Trail, of which the trailhead is also just a short drive from the Ranch.

Camping is first come, first served - no reservations - with either full, electric/water hookups, or primitive sites, all within walking distance from each other and from the bathhouses.

The Ranch manager was assured that we will have ample space to meet up on these dates, like we did last year, so... we hope to see you out there!

Oui, Oui, DuPuis!

DuPuis Management Area

We have reserved the primitive group site at the DuPuis Water Management Area for some fun in the sun and campfire camaraderie!

We plan to hike, bike, maybe paddle, and mostly explore all that this multi-use natural area has to offer. The property is interspersed with numerous ponds, wet prairies, cypress domes, pine flatwoods and remnant Everglades marsh, and provides miles of hiking trails as well as equestrian use trails. DuPuis is far from urban areas, and its dark night sky lends itself to excellent stargazing. There is nature center with interpretive displays, a butterfly garden, and a Cypress boardwalk in addition to 22 miles of hiking trails, including a segment of the Ocean to Lake spur of the Florida Trail. Also, DuPuis is a hop, skip and jump from Lake Okeechobee, so some may want to explore that area as well.

Camping is free of charge, though donations are surely welcomed. We need a minimum of 8 campers to meet the group site criteria, so please RSVP with consideration. If we need to update or cancel the camping permit, we would like to do so with ample notice to the district manager.

Thank you, and... we hope to see you out there!

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