What we’re about
The Happy Hoofers chapter of the Florida Trail Association serves Broward county. We are an outdoor adventure and eco volunteering group. Our activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, and paddling events throughout the year ranging from easy to strenuous, local to regional. We focus on outdoor activities in South Florida woodlands and streams. We maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail and loop trails from I-75 to Lake Okeechobee. Our section of trail starts at MM63 on Alligator Alley (I-75) and passes through the northerly portion of Big Cypress National Preserve into the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. We maintain the Seminole section of the Florida Trail and then continue on levees of the South Florida Water Management District through Hendry County to Lake Okeechobee for a total of 65 miles. In Big Cypress National Preserve, loops of 7 and 15 miles just north of Alligator Alley lead hikers into the wilds of the Big Cypress Swamp and provide opportunities for day hiking and backpacking through this wilderness of cypress trees and slash pines. The Florida Trail follows established roads through the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, and you must be a Florida Trail member and apply for a permit in advance to walk through reservation lands. Hikers pass citrus groves, cattle ranches, and the educational Billie Swamp Safari and Ah-Tha-Tiki museum, devoted to Seminole culture.
Membership on Meetup does not mean you are an FTA member. Please consider joining our state organization at www.floridatrail.org. This will ensure that you receive our local and statewide e-newsletters as well as a quarterly printed Footprint newsletter. There are also certain activities that will only be available to FTA paid members.
Activities are organized by authorized activity leaders. Participants in activities must sign an Assumption of Risk form and agree to accept personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of accompanying minors. Always contact the activity leader in advance for more information, to let them know you are attending, and to find out about any special requirements for a trip.
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- Snyder Park – 2.5 milesSnyder Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL
A 2.5-mile slow-moderate paced hike. Good for beginners, experienced hikers and seniors interested in hiking through a fascinating old-time park, reminiscent of the 1960’s but updated as a nature preserve and picnic area near downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Dogs are welcome to swim in one of its 2 lakes and play in their own special doggy area. There are picnic & sporting sections and special trails for hiking. Inclement weather cancels. Participation Limit 20. Then a waitlist.
Where and When to Meet: Wednesday, Dec.6, 2023. 10:30 AM at Snyder Park, 3299 SW 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315- Free Parking. Meet in the parking lot.
FTA Activities Leader: Steve Galla, 914-953-2222 texting okay or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Happy Hoofers Chapter of the Florida Trails Association (FTA) is proud to begin our hiking season with a large variety of hikes and activities within a reasonable driving distance. Our hikes will vary in mileage and skill levels. Our hikes are free and open to the public.
Everyone is encouraged to join us at our monthly meetings at Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 S Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33063. We will be posting several hikes a month on Meetup. Our next meeting will be in on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST and every 2nd Thursday of the month.
Link to FTA where you may join: https://floridatrail.org/
- Chapter Meeting-Everyone's invitedFern Forest Nature Center, Coconut Creek, FL
Everyone is invited to attend our Monthly meeting. This includes members and non members. Please come and see what we are all about. This will be an in-person meeting.
1. Please bring a dish to share (including a serving utensil). The chapter will provide the plates, eating utensils and beverages.
2. After we are full of food, we will play the "Grinch Game" (optional). If you wish to play, please bring a wrapped NEW item (gift will be anonymous). The price of the gift should be between $15-$20--preferably something relating to the outdoors. It is optional to play the game.
3. Toys for Tots. We will be collecting toys for "Toys for Tots". If you wish to donate a toy--it needs to be NEW and Unwrapped. Books and homemade toys are also accepted. Toys NOT allowed include used toys, toys that look like realistic weapons and toys with candy or food.
Topic: December is our Holiday party.
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Line for Dinner begins at 7:00 pm
After dinner, those wishing to participate in the Grinch game may do so (others can watch the entertainment)
Followed by Networking and clean-up.
Doors close at 9:00 pm.
There will not be a regular business meeting, however, the sign up sheets for upcoming activities will be available to sign up.
Come join in the fun, sign up for upcoming activities, have some great food, and get in the mood for the holidays.
- Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park 4-mile hikeBill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, FL
This state park consists of several miles of shared trails which will take us through reconstructed forests and wetlands as well as along the beach front. Bring water, a snack or lunch.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. Let's hike on some of our favorite trails.
PARK IN THE LIGHTHOUSE PARKING LOT.
Directions: I- 95 south to Rickenbacker Causeway (Toll Road). Get on Causeway to Bill Baggs State Park.
1200 S. Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
FTA Activities Leader: Steve Galla at 914-953-2222, texting preferred or email@example.com
$8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Limited to 20 hikers. A waitlist will be formed after 20. Sign up only if you intend to attend. You may cancel any time prior to hike day.
Link to FTA where you may join: https://floridatrail.org/