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The Heartland Chapter is one of 19 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 www.HeartlandFTA.org (http://www.heartlandfta.org/) for more information about our chapter. Or go to www.floridatrail.org (http://www.floridatrail.org/) to learn more about the Florida Trail Association.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/ .

Upcoming events (5)

Panther Point 10 mile hike

3115 Thornhill Rd

This is an out and back hike for the EXPERIENCED hiker in EXCELLENT physical condition . Must be a Florida distance hiker used to heat, humidity and rain. You will need your own gear including minimum 3 liters of water and appropriate hiking clothing: light weight, quick dry, boots/low hikers, hat, etc. Hikers may want to bring food, sunscreen, a sit upon, personal toiletries. There are no take out points so each hiker must be able to maintain at least 2.5 miles per hour hiking speed. COVID 19 restrictions apply. Each hiker assumes their own risks and will be required to sign in. Arrive by 7:15 to sign the liability forms so we can begin walking promptly at 7:30am.

Moonlight hike Tenoroc, Lakeland

Tenoroc Public Use Area

We will leave at 5:15 Wear a mask while signing in. During the hike you do not have to wear a mask but keep social distance We will hike during daylight hours until we reach a picnic area. There we will eat out dinner and wait for the moon to come up. Bring a flashlight, plenty of water, mosquito spray, and your dinner. It's going to be a 7 mile hike and the pace will be moderate. You do not have to pay the $ 3.00 nor stop at the office to sign in.

Hike Tenoroc Blue Trail (prior to Chapter meeting)

Picnic Lake, Tenoroc Wildlife Management Area

Come early before the Heartland November chapter meeting and do a 2-mile hike on the moderate level blue trail (yes, there is some "up" but the views are worth it). Wear proper footwear (no sandals), bring water, and if desired, insect repellent and sunscreen. Please be prompt. Remember to allow time to enter as there may be a line due to fishermen stopping at the office to pay their fees. FEES WAIVER: FTA event attendees are not required to pay the Tenoroc Wildlife Management Area entrance fee of $3.00. Upon entering the WMA drive to the office and wait to be waived through. Then drive directly to the meeting location, obeying all posted traffic control and speed limit signs. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) hiking activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate.

FTA November Heartland Chapter Meeting

Picnic Lake pavilion, Tenoroc Wildlife Management Area

This will be the November FTA Heartland Chapter meeting. The agenda will feature up to date information on trail activities in light of the COVID-19 virus restrictions and the outlook for future activities. While there are picnic tables in the pavilion, folks are asked to wear masks and bring their own chairs if possible in order to maintain proper social distancing. If desired, bring your own drinks, snacks or lunch. Note: Monika Hoerl will lead a 2-mile hike on the Blue Trail starting at 8:15am. Meeting location is Picnic Lake. Please be prompt. Remember to allow time to enter as there may be a line due to fishermen stopping at the office to pay their fees. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) hiking activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. FEES WAIVER: FTA event attendees are not required to pay the Tenoroc Wildlife Management Area entrance fee of $3.00. Upon entering the WMA drive to the office and wait to be waived through. Then drive directly to the meeting location, obeying all posted traffic control and speed limit signs.

Past events (664)

Circle B Bar Reserve Hike

Circle B Bar Reserve

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