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Hey everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying their fall. Some fall weather would be nice! For Novembers hike I thought we would hike out to the East Observation Tower out on Lake Apopka. We will do a loop hike starting at the Clay Island Trailhead located in Astatula. This hike will have zero tree cover. So hats, shades, lotion, and water are very important. The trails are a combination of packed limestone roads and compacted grassy roads. Again starting at the Clay Island Trail head moving east where we will stop at the first observation tower for a few. Then we will continue on to the next tower. We will stop and eat a snack or lunch there for about 30 minutes. Then we will continue around the loop back the trailhead. My actual guess is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours depending on how adventurous everyone gets. I have hiked this trail a few times. We have seen alligators on the banks of the waterways EVERY time. They pose no threat if we pay attention and keep distance. Most of the time they will get back into the water as groups approach. Bring some small binoculars if you have. I've seen many bird species, gators, bobcats (early in the morning), and deer (early in the morning). There are NO bathrooms and the trailhead and no much wood area for hiding in. So bathrooms breaks way before. Not a lot of stores around for 7 or 8 miles either. If anyone has been to Zellwood for the Sweet Corn Festival or Long & Scott Farms for their fall corn maze you will know a little about where this is. FROM APOPKA Going North on 441 through Apopka into Zellwood. Turn left onto Jones Road (Becomes Duda Rd). Take all the way down to the end, this is County Rd 448A. Turn left. Go 1/4 mile and turn right on County Rd. 48. Take to Ranch Rd. Turn Left. Take to Robbins Road, Turn Right. Take to Peebles Dr. Turn Left. Take to Carolyn Lane, Turn Right. Trailhead is on the left. Parking area is fenced in. FROM ORLANDO/WINTER GARDEN/CLERMONT From the Turnpike Take the N. Hancock Road exit. Go north to 561A, Turn Left. Take to 561, Turn right. Take 561 north all the way to County Road 48, Turn Right. Take DR48 to Ranch Road, Turn Right. Take to Robbins Road, Turn Right. Take to Peebles Dr. Turn Left. Take to Carolyn Lane, Turn Right. Trailhead is on the left. Parking area is fenced in. Looking forward to the hike! Remember plenty of drink and sun protection! Remember hiking is out in nature. Bring a smile, positive attitude, don't forget your kid, and let's enjoy!