• 11.18.18 Hike at Circle B Bar Reserve.
    DESCRIPTION: PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THIS LOCATION. This is a moderately paced hike with lots of opportunity to observe wildlife. It will be a two-part hike. The first half will be 2.5 miles (approximately) and then those wishing to leave may do so. The second half will be another 2.0 miles. 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.

    Polk's Nature Discovery Center

    Discovery Drive · Lakeland

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  • 11.12.18 Trail Care at Green Swamp East FNST
    DIRECTIONS: From US-98 in north Lakeland turn east onto Rockridge Rd. Total distance on Rockridge road to gate on left is about ten miles. From SR-33, turn west onto Deen Still Rd. After approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Rockridge Rd. After about 4.7 miles, the gate will be on your left. Please note, if coming from SR-33, Google maps or gps units may direct you direct you via Poyner Road to Poyner Oaks Rd N to Rockridge Rd. If coming that way, gate is on right. {There are several possible entrances to Green Swamp on Rockridge Rd. Please pay close attention to the verbal directions.} 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: http://www.floridatrail.org/volunteer/volunteer-profile/ Please note, bathroom facilities are not always dependable. If you're coming in from Polk City, take 33N to Poyner Road (on left). Take Poyner Road for approximately 1.1 miles to North Poyner Road (right). Take N. Poyner Road about 1.2 miles to Green Pond Road. Go left on Green Pond Road. In about 0.2 miles the Green Pond trailhead for the Van Fleet trail will be on your right. They have an excellent bathroom. BRING OR WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (no flip flops), work gloves, WATER, lunch; snacks if desired, and insect protection. It is suggested to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt.

    FNST ROCKRIDGE ROAD TRAILHEAD AT GSE

    18038 Rockridge Road · Polk City, FL

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  • Hike at Lower Green Swamp
    DESCRIPTION: This will be a seven to eight mile hike in the Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve that is owned and managed by Hillsborough County. Our exact route will depend on the trail conditions. We will certainly try to do the North loop located within a mosaic of native flatwoods and wetlands, representing some of the highest quality habitat on the preserve and is restricted to hiking (no horses). Some of the route will follow along the beautiful Itchepachesassa Creek. The pace will be a 2 (moderate) on a scale of 1 (leisurely) to 3 (fast). There is a port-a- john a short distance from the entrance, but that is the only bathroom facility on the hike. Info including link to trail map: https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/locations/lower-green-swamp-nature-preserve BRING OR WEAR: Bring plenty of water/drink, insect repellant, sunscreen, and snacks. Boots and a hat are highly recommended. Afterwards, there will be an optional lunch at Snellgroves restaurant in Plant City.

    Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve

    3540 East Knights Griffin Road · Plant City, fl

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  • CCC Festival at Highland Hammock State Park
    DESCRIPTION: We will have a booth at the festival. If you come to this wonderful event, please stop by. If you are interested in volunteering for the booth, please contact David. For non-volunteers, there is an entry fee for this state park of $6/vehicle ($4.00/vehicle if singly occupied). Info on the event can be found at: https://www.floridastateparks.org/events/33rd-annual-civilian-conservation-corps-festival Video on Highland Hammock State Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj_8H0zqNM BRING OR WEAR: If you are volunteering, please bring water and snacks. You may want to bring lunch; however, there will be food vendors at this event. It may also be helpful to bring a chair.

    State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

    Picnic Area Road · Sebring, FL

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  • 11.10.18 Hike at Tenoroc WMA
    Please note, Google maps location is approximate. Please see info under “How to Find Us”. DESCRIPTION: Hike will be about six to seven miles. We will be hiking to the four benches and back along different routes. Dogs, if well behaved, are welcome. Please note, as you are doing a Florida Trail chapter activity, it is not necessary to pay for admittance. If coming to area on another day, please be advised there is a $3/person fee (unless FL resident over 65). Self-pay station is found at beginning of trail. State trail is only open Friday through Monday. General info on the area can be found at: http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/tenoroc/things-to-do/ After hike, we can discuss going to Tapatio’s Restaurant in Lakeland (734 E. Memorial Drive). BRING OR WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (no flip flops or barefoot), water, snacks and/or lunch, and insect protection. It is necessary to bring water.

    Saddle Creek Park

    3716 Morgan Combee Rd · Lakeland, FL

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  • November 2018 Chapter Meeting, Pot Luck, and Planning Session.
    Please note, Google maps location is approximate. Please see info under “How to Find Us”. DESCRIPTION: Chapter meeting will be followed by pot luck. Planning session may be before or after pot luck. Please note, as you are doing a Florida Trail chapter activity, it is not necessary to pay for admittance nor is it necessary to stop at the office. If coming to area on your own on another day OR to do any other activity than our events, you must sign in and out at the office. In addition, there is a $3/person fee unless you are a Florida resident over 65. Facility is only open Friday through Monday. BRING OR WEAR: For the pot luck lunch, please bring a dish to share based on last names beginning with A-H Dessert, I-Q Salad, and R-Z Main Dish. For environmental reasons, it is requested that you bring your own dishes and silverware; however, if you cannot, plates and silverware are available. Please bring something to drink. It may be helpful to bring a chair.

    Tenoroc Wildlife Management Area

    3829 Tenoroc Mine Road · Lakeland, FL

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  • Hike before November 2018 meeting
    Note, Google maps location is approximate. Please see info under "How to Find Us", DESCRIPTION: We will be doing a short hike before the November meeting. Please note, as you are doing a Florida Trail chapter activity, it is not necessary to pay for admittance nor is it necessary to stop at the office. If coming to area on your own on another day OR to do any other activity than our events, you must sign in and out at the office. In addition, there is a $3/person fee unless you are a Florida resident over 65. Facility is only open Friday through Monday. BRING OR WEAR: Water and sturdy hiking shoes. It also may be advisable to bring or wear a hat, sunblock, and/or insect repellant.

    Tenoroc Wildlife Management Area

    3829 Tenoroc Mine Road · Lakeland, FL

  • 10.29.18 Trail Care at Green Swamp East FNST
    DIRECTIONS: From US-98 in north Lakeland turn east onto Rockridge Rd. Total distance on Rockridge road to gate on left is about ten miles. From SR-33, turn west onto Deen Still Rd. After approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Rockridge Rd. After about 4.7 miles, the gate will be on your left. Please note, if coming from SR-33, Google maps or gps units may direct you direct you via Poyner Road to Poyner Oaks Rd N to Rockridge Rd. If coming that way, gate is on right. {There are several possible entrances to Green Swamp on Rockridge Rd. Please pay close attention to the verbal directions.} 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: http://www.floridatrail.org/volunteer/volunteer-profile/ Please note, bathroom facilities are not always dependable. If you're coming in from Polk City, take 33N to Poyner Road (on left). Take Poyner Road for approximately 1.1 miles to North Poyner Road (right). Take N. Poyner Road about 1.2 miles to Green Pond Road. Go left on Green Pond Road. In about 0.2 miles the Green Pond trailhead for the Van Fleet trail will be on your right. They have an excellent bathroom. BRING OR WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (no flip flops), work gloves, WATER, lunch; snacks if desired, and insect protection. It is suggested to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt.

    FNST ROCKRIDGE ROAD TRAILHEAD AT GSE

    18038 Rockridge Road · Polk City, FL

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  • 10.28.18 Hike at Circle B Bar Reserve.
    DESCRIPTION: PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THIS LOCATION. This is a moderately paced hike with lots of opportunity to observe wildlife. It will be a two-part hike. The first half will be 2.5 miles (approximately) and then those wishing to leave may do so. The second half will be another 2.0 miles. 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.

    Polk's Nature Discovery Center

    Discovery Drive · Lakeland

  • 10.13.18 Hike at Tenoroc WMA
    Note, Google maps location is approximate. Please see info under "How to Find Us", DESCRIPTION: This hike will be about seven to eight miles. Please arrive with enough time to be ready to hike by 8:30 AM. Please note, as you are doing a Florida Trail chapter activity, it is not necessary to pay for admittance nor is it necessary to stop at the office. If coming to area on your own on another day, you must sign in and out at the office. In addition, there is a $3/person fee unless you are a Florida resident over 65. Facility is only open Friday through Monday. General info on the area can be found at: http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/tenoroc/things-to-do/ BRING OR WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (no flip flops or barefoot), water, snacks and/or lunch, and insect protection. It is necessary to bring water.

    Tenoroc Wildlife Management Area

    3829 Tenoroc Mine Road · Lakeland, FL

    9 comments