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11.26.18 Trail Care at Green Swamp East FNST
DIRECTIONS: From SR98 and Rock Ridge Road intersection travel north on 98 to SR 471. Turn right on SR 471. Travel about 5 miles and you will pass the entrance to Colt Creek State Park on your right. Slow down in order to see GSE Trailhead on your right. Look for a gate with FTA sign and orange blazes before the bridge that crosses the Withlachoochee River. If you pass over the bridge and see Green Swamp West McNeal trailhead entrance on your left you have gone too far. Pull into parking area and notice orange blazes that go through parking lot and crosses 471 and continue to the right on bridge. Travel west on 471 till you see the orange blazes turn right into Green Swamp East section. DESCRIPTION: Come out for a work day on the Florida National Scenic Trail in Green Swamp East. If you haven't previously filled out a Volunteer Profile with the Florida Trail Association (FTA), please do so before the hike. It only needs to be done once. Each person's hours will be logged onto the state site. The info on hours worked helps the FTA receive funds and/or apply for grants. Please see link to FTA website to set up a Volunteer Profile: BRING OR WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and work gloves, WATER, snacks if desired, and insect protection. It is suggested to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt.

Green Swamp East SR471 Trailhead

State Road 471 · Lakeland


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The Heartland Chapter is one of 18 chapters for the Florida Trail Association. The FTA is a volunteer group that maintains the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1500 mile thru hiking trail from Big Cypress to the Panhandle. The Heartland Chapter is responsible for the maintenance of the trail in Polk, Highlands, Hardee and Desoto counties. We also maintain several loop trails throughout Polk County. Visit us at for more information about our chapter. Or go to to learn more about the Florida Trail Association.

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