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2013 Winter Wednesday Hiking Series - Hike 12 - Orlando Wetlands Park

By Rachael Augspurg


Winter is a great time to hike in Florida. Each Wednesday in January, February & March there will be an 7-8 mile day hike on the FNST.  This is the 19th year this annual hiking series has taken place in Central Florida. The plan is to celebrate the Florida National Scenic Trail's 30 years, by hiking a portion of  the FNST each winter Wednesday between Ocala National Forest and Tosohatchee WMA.  We will start at the Wekiva River  and HIKE ACROSS SEMINOLE COUNTY  to celebrate the county's 100 years.  Then we will proceed south on the FNST to SR 50.  Then we will return to the Wekiva River and hike north on the FNST to the Ocala National Forest.


Mark your calendars and clear your schedule on Wednesdays so you can join the group and “HIKE ON WEDNESDAY!”

Hike 12: Orlando Wetlands Park - Loop (5 or 7 miles). Hike through Orlando Wetlands Park (OWP) and the FNST in CH Bronson SF and return to OWP on the River Trail. Enjoy end-of-season potluck picnic at OWP pavilion after hike. Meet in the OWP parking area on Wheeler Road in Christmas.

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  • Hiker E.

    Another in a series of great hikes hosted By Rachael and Lew and supported by many....Hate to see these end but the seasons must go on. Anxious to start again next year hiking Ocala Forest. It will be awesome as well......Thank you to all the FTA members. I am sooo glad I became a member!!!

    March 28, 2013

  • Carl A.

    ABOUT THE HIKE: The total hike will be 7.5 miles. Start at the OWP parking, the hike goes on the white-blazed trail through the woods, around Lake Searcy on the berm, and back in the woods to the northern perimeter road. East to the orange-blazed FNST and northbound on the FNST to the 4-way stile in CH Bronson State Forest. Return on the white-blazed River Trail to OWP and back to the start on the center berm.
    Mostly woods, some open on the berms. Hats, sunscreen & insect repellant recommended.
    HIKE OPTIONS: 2miles, 4.5 miles, 7.5 miles.

    POT LUCK PICNIC - After the hikers return to the pavilion, which should be about 12:30 PM, we will have our annual "End-of-Series" pot-luck picnic. .
    Bring something to share. There are electric outlets in the shelter.

    March 25, 2013

  • Laura

    I have to miss this one as I will be in Savannah. I have really enjoyed these hikes, and appreciate all of the effort! I hope to join you again next year. Thanks Rachael, Lou, and everyone who supplied the fabulous goodies!

    March 25, 2013

  • richard T.

    Nice way to spend my Birthday

    December 31, 2012

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