• Circle B Bar Reserve Hike

    Circle B Bar Reserve

    This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) hiking activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. For FTA membership information please visit https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/

    LOCATION: Circle B Bar Reserve; 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540); Lakeland, FL 33803. For Google maps use Polk’s Nature Discovery Center, Discovery Drive, Lakeland, FL. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot.

    DESCRIPTION: This is a moderately paced hike (not a walk!) with lots of opportunity to observe wildlife. Approximately 4 miles in length but route depends on conditions of trails and any closures.

    PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THIS LOCATION.

    Please, no children under 10.

    Info including link to trail map and info on trail closures:
    http://polknature.com/explore/circle-b-bar-reserve#panel1

    BRING OR WEAR: Hiking shoes, brimmed hat, water, sun, and insect
    protection. Cameras and binoculars are welcomed. Masks must be worn until the hike starts. Social distancing should be practiced as much as possible.

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  • FTA Heartland Chapter Meeting

    3829 Tenoroc Mine Rd

    Join us for the first chapter meeting kicking off the[masked] Fall/Winter hiking season. We will meet at the Tenoroc Fish Management Area Education Building in Lakeland. Catch up on condition and availability of trails, upcoming events and hikes, and share hiking experiences from the summer. There will be an update on state activities in Gainesville and regional upcoming events such as IDIDAHIKE in February 2022.

    Directions: Take Tenoroc Mine Road off North Combee Road to the entrance office. No need to check in at the window. When you reach the red cones take a left to the Education Building. Note: this is a change from the original posting.

    Note: Chapter Meetings are open to members and non-members. Masks and distancing are recommended.

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  • Picnic Lake, Tenoroc Lakeland

    3829 Tenoroc Mine Rd

    We will meet at Picnic Lake and hike to the "Bad Lands" and back. Most of it should be dry. The hike around 5 miles will be moderate. If you're a fast hiker this is not for you.
    Bring at least 2 l of water, mosquito spray, good shoes
    Covid 19 restrictions are still in place.
    In this heat we will leave at 7;15

    Read the following:
    To get into Tenoroc might be a little tricky.
    There is a new entrance, follow the signs and give yourself another 15minutes to get through the entrance as there will be fishermen in front of you,
    As you're with me you do not have to pay. On your own it's $ 3.00
    I'll give them your names, as I have them by Saturday morning 5:00 am.
    You might get a free sticker for your car.
    Remember from there it's another mile to get to Picnic lake.
    Speed Limit is 25
    I only hope it works.....................

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  • hike at Tenoroc, Saddle Creek RD entrance Lost Lake East

    Saddle Creek Park trails Entry

    This is a 5.5 mile moderate hike. Be on time for sign in etc., as we will leave at 7:15
    If you're a fast hiker this is not for you !!!

    we will hike the flat woods trail then the Lost Lake hilly trail ( Hiking stick is recommended)
    After that we cross Saddle Creek Rd and hike to the 4 benches.
    Most of the trails will be in the shade

    Bring at least 1 l water, good shoes, mosquito spray

    You do not have to pay as this is a FTA hike. If you come on your own you have go the check in Station on Tenoroc Mine Rd, and pay $3.oo

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  • Rock Ridge Rd Green Swamp East

    18038 Rockridge Rd

    We're going to do the blue Loop trail .Starting out from Rock Ridge Rd on the FNST to the blue loop trail. The hike will be around 7.5 miles
    It will be a moderate hike.
    If you like to hike fast then this is not a hike for you.
    Bring at least 2l of water, bug spray, sun screen, good shoes
    Get there early enough to sign in as we will leave at 7:00

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  • Circle B Bar Reserve Hike

    Circle B Bar Reserve

    This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) hiking activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. For FTA membership information please visit https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/

    LOCATION: Circle B Bar Reserve; 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540); Lakeland, FL 33803. For Google maps use Polk’s Nature Discovery Center, Discovery Drive, Lakeland, FL. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot.

    DESCRIPTION: This is a moderately paced hike (not a walk!) with lots of opportunity to observe wildlife. Approximately 4 miles in length but route depends on conditions of trails and any closures.

    PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THIS LOCATION.

    Please, no children under 10.

    Info including link to trail map and info on trail closures:
    http://polknature.com/explore/circle-b-bar-reserve#panel1

    BRING OR WEAR: Hiking shoes, brimmed hat, water, sun, and insect
    protection. Cameras and binoculars are welcomed. Masks must be worn until the hike starts. Social distancing should be practiced as much as possible.

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  • 88 Store to Rodman Damn Shuttle

    88 Store

    The last hike for a few , crazy people who want to hike the Rodman Dam trailhead to 88 store for one last cold one for the season. Meet at 88 Store at 8:45am to park a few cars, ($5 per day parking charge) and at 9am shuttle to Rodman Dam/Kilpatrick Dam trailhead. Hike about 10 plus miles south on the FT to 88 Store, refresh and shuttle back to Rodman trailhead.

    It is going to be HOT. This is for experienced Florida hikers who regularly hike 10 miles in the heat/humidity who are in excellent physical condition.

    Trail seems to be mostly under canopy. Bring 2 liters of water and one liter of electrolytes. Recommended. Long range forecast is for temps to top in the 90's. Experienced hikers, you know what gear you will need.

    *FTA sponsored event. COVID precautions remain in place.

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  • Hike at Highland Hammock State Park

    State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

    LOCATION: Highlands Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872. Meet at the parking lot in front of the CCC Museum. If unsure of the location, ask at the ranger station upon entry. For Google maps, use the location of State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, Picnic Area Road. DESCRIPTION: Please note, as this is a state park, there will be an entry fee. As of December 2020, fees are: $4/single occupant vehicle and $6/vehicle with up to six people. Come hike with us at one of Florida's first state park and a wonderful example of CCC construction. There are approximately nine trails with a boardwalk that traverses an old-growth cypress swamp. We will be hiking around six miles. Children five and older are welcome with responsible adult. Because of boardwalk restrictions, DO NOT BRING DOGS FOR THIS HIKE. COVID NOTES: Per Website: "Effective Dec. 4, 2020: Highlands Hammock State Park is open (see hours of operation and fee information below). The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, recreation hall, amphitheater and all playgrounds remain closed until further notice. Picnic pavilions are not available for reservation but are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Restroom availability may be limited. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart." Link to website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/highlands-hammock-state-park/hours-fees Masks will be required at the trailhead during sign in. Once the hike is underway masks may be removed but reasonable social distancing is requested. Please read the Florida Trail Association COVID guidelines before coming. It will save time at the sign in. A link to the guidelines is below. https://www.floridatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/FTA-COVID-19-Operating-Procedures-Revision-2-7-30-2020.pdf OTHER NOTES: IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Being a member of this Meetup group is the NOT the same as being a paid member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the FTA helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. Information on joining FTA 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. BRING OR WEAR: Walking or hiking shoes, WATER, snacks, sun and insect protection.

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  • Back Pack Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, Arbuckle Tract

    1558 Rucks Dairy Rd

    Please join us for one last , (predicted ) excellent weather for a 2 night , 3 day back pack (total mileage about 18 miles) in the beautiful Arbuckle Tract of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. We will be accompanied by park ranger, Jennifer Heller, event organizer for Heartland chapter and avid back packer. She also works at Arbuckle so knows some little known facts about the area.

    This event is for experienced backpackers. Hikers are required to bring all their own gear, food and water, plus a filtration system as potable water is not available in camp. We will hike in pouring rain or searing heat. You are experienced so you know how to pack and dress.

    The first day we will hike about 7 1/2 miles to our first site. Day 2 hike will be approximately 5 1/2 with the final day of a return trip of about 6 miles. This will be a leisurely trip and hoping to see the seasonal fireflies.
    2 primitive campsites have been reserved thru Reserve America. (space is limited) . we will split the cost. Please bring one dollar bills; it should be about $5 per person or less.

    NOTE: This is an FTA sponsored event. All COVID precautions are in place. See FTA web site for details. Masks required.
    Same event published on Suncoast Meet up. RSVP only once.

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  • Circle B Bar Reserve Hike

    Circle B Bar Reserve

    This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) hiking activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. For FTA membership information please visit https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/

    LOCATION: Circle B Bar Reserve; 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540); Lakeland, FL 33803. For Google maps use Polk’s Nature Discovery Center, Discovery Drive, Lakeland, FL. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot.

    DESCRIPTION: This is a moderately paced hike (not a walk!) with lots of opportunity to observe wildlife. Approximately 4 miles in length but route depends on conditions of trails and any closures.

    PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THIS LOCATION.

    Please, no children under 10.

    Info including link to trail map and info on trail closures:
    http://polknature.com/explore/circle-b-bar-reserve#panel1

    BRING OR WEAR: Hiking shoes, brimmed hat, water, sun, and insect
    protection. Cameras and binoculars are welcomed. Masks must be worn until the hike starts. Social distancing should be practiced as much as possible.

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