- Upper Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Trails & Lunch
Let's explore the northern part of the Hillsborough River basin and hike 9-12 miles in the Upper Hillsborough Preserve. According to Florida Hikes, this linear hike offers "flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, open fields, oak hammocks, and floodplain forests along the edge of the Hillsborough River basin." We will also be climbing and crossing a steep railroad track. https://floridahikes.com/upperhillsboroughriverhikingtrail http://suncoast.floridatrail.org/web/uhillsborough_river_hiking_trail.php No restroom is available at the parking lot/trailhead. This hike is considered strenuous due to distance and heat. Please be in good physical condition. This should not be your first hike. Trail conditions are unknown. WHAT TO BRING PLEASE BRING: 2 or more liters of water (REQUIRED). RECOMMENDED: Lunch, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, rain gear (it's August) and proper footwear. Parts of the trail will be shaded and parts will be sunny. Depending on weather conditions, the trail can get muddy or wet. The trail can get "rooty" (exposed roots) so a hiking stick may be helpful. Restrooms available at the parking area but not on the trail. Carpooling - Encouraged due to limited parking. If you would like to carpool please post a comment. DIRECTIONS From I-4, take exit 32 head north on US 98. After approximately 15 miles, turn left on County Rd 54. Continue west approximately 2.3 miles, parking for TH will be on south side (left) of road. LUNCH (optional) For those interested afterwards, we can grab lunch at a local restaurant.
- Rain change to Morris Bridge Hike
Last minute changes due to severe weather conditions! Changing venue to Morris Bridge near Tampa, others are going to hike at Ridge Manor TH or Seminole State Forest! Because of the distance and elevation changes (noticeable by Florida standards), this hike is considered strenuous. Please be in good physical condition and wear proper footwear. This should not be your first hike. TRAIL MAP http://suncoast.floridatrail.org/web/croom_map.php (http://suncoast.floridatrail.org/web/croom_map.php) WHAT IS THE FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL? The Florida National Scenic Trail is a congressionally designated National Scenic Trail. It is approximately 1,300-miles long and is intended to offer a continuous, permanent non-motorized recreation opportunity for hiking and other compatible activities. Over its length, it showcases the incredible biodiversity, history, and rich culture of Florida. Its termini lie in Gulf Islands National Seashore (http://www.nps.gov/guis/index.htm) to the North and Big Cypress National Preserve (http://www.nps.gov/bicy/index.htm) in the South. DIRECTIONS Take I-4 West to SR 50 west 72 miles. You will reach Croom Rital Rd about 3 miles past US 301 (just past pedestrian overpass). Turn right (north) on Croom-Rital Road / CR39 (FR 6). After 5.3 miles stay left at the “Y” road intersection. Continue another 3.8 miles to the Tucker Hill Fire Tower. Parking Area #3 is on Left. PLEASE BRING: 2 or more liters of water (REQUIRED). RECOMMENDED: Lunch, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, rain gear (we're in Florida). Parts will be shaded and parts will be sunny. The trail can get "rooty" (exposed roots) so a hiking stick may be helpful. CARPOOL: Please post a comment if you wish to carpool. FEE: There is a $2 parking fee per vehicle at the Tucker Hill trailhead. Restroom and water are available at the trailhead. LUNCH (optional) For those interested, we can grab lunch after.
- Orlando Lake Cherokee Historical Walk ~ 5 miles
Please avoid parking in any of the 2 hour limit spots in the Park. There are spots without signs closer to the Community Center/Pool and there is additional parking on both Harding and Summerlin which has unlimited parking on Sundays. As a point of reference, this park is adjacent to Boone High School. Yes, there is a restroom (nothing fancy) in the park were we are meeting, but please be aware that this is the only public restroom on our historical walk. You'll enjoy many beautiful residential locations as we do some name dropping and get a taste of this south of downtown section from the 1920s to today. Our youngest Mayor called this home in the City Beautiful. Because we all enjoyed lunch at Brick and Fire Pizza (Inventive, locally focused pizza & pasta in a casual setting) after our Lake Lucerne trip, we'll continue the conversation and gain back the calories there. They open at noon. 1621 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806. Historical patches are available for $2 for those who are collecting. During historical walks we walk as a large group between locations where we gather to hear about the significance of the site.
- Hike @ Bulow Creek State Park
Plan to hike 7+ miles at a moderate pace. Trail has shade, but will still be hot, it is summer. :-) Lunch afterwards for those interested at a local spot. Have ample water for 3 hours est trail time, some snacks, and be aware of possibility of ticks. https://floridahikes.com/bulow-creek-state-park https://www.grindgastropub.com/ lunch here?
- Hike Citrus Tract Withlacoochee State Forest & Lunch
Let's celebrate National Trails Day June 1st! Let's hike one of the more scenic hiking trails of the Withlacoochee State Forest on the Citrus Tract. The Citrus Tract has one of the largest trail loops in Florida (43 miles) our hike will be approximately 10-13 miles (route and distance subject to change. We will meet at Holder Mine and determine our route based on the weather -- please bring necessary rain gear and appropriate layers of clothing. http://suncoast.floridatrail.org/web/citrus_map.php http://floridahikes.com/citrus-hiking-trail WHAT TO BRING PLEASE BRING: 2 or more liters of water (REQUIRED). RECOMMENDED: Lunch, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen and proper footwear. Parts of the trail will be shaded and parts will be sunny. Depending on weather conditions, the trail can get muddy or wet. The trail will have some elevation changes and roots so a hiking stick may be helpful. Restroom facilities are available in campground adjacent to the Holder Mine trailhead. This hike is considered strenuous level due to distance and elevation changes. Please be in good physical condition. Carpooling - Encouraged due to limited parking. If you would like to carpool please post a comment. Small game hunting--is permitted in Citrus Tract January through March. It is recommended to wear bright-colored clothing, orange or light green. DIRECTIONS From Lake Mary, take I-4 west to the Florida Turnpike exit. Continue on the Turnpike north 70 miles until merging into I-75 north. Use the two right lanes to exit 329 SR-44 Wildwood. Continue west SR-44 west until you reach Pleasant Grove Rd. Turn left to continue south until you reach Trail 10. Turn right on Trail 10 heading west; continue onto dirt road entering forest. Trailhead kiosk will be on south (left) side of road opposite side of campground. LUNCH (optional) For those interested, we can grab lunch after the hike.
- 5 to 6 miles. Little Big Econ Barr St
Let's meet at Barr St trailhead at 8:45am and start around 9:00am. We will go to the big bridge and back. Will be 5 to 6 miles. Maybe get some lunch at a local place after. They have done some recent maintenance and it's a nice hike near the river. Bring water, snacks and bug spray. Lunch after for those that want to go. There is a fee (I believe 2.00 per car/person) at the trailhead. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. ~Joe[masked] Links below for more info and maps. http://floridahikes.com/florida-trail-little-big-econ-state-forest https://www.google.com/maps/place/Barr+St.+Trailheademail@example.com,-81.1617259,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e741de1fa4d619:0x2275788aae357f69!8m2!3d28.6870108!4d-81.1595372 https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Lake+Mary,+FLfirstname.lastname@example.org,-81.3087313,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x88e76d5129fed6b1:0x1a6cd960f325cfcb!2m2!1d-81.3178446!2d28.7588833!1m5!1m1!1s0x88e741de1fa4d619:0x2275788aae357f69!2m2!1d-81.1595372!2d28.6870108
- Scout Hike Colt Creek State Park & Lunch
Last minute hike to Colt Creek State Park. Approximately 8-12 miles hiking, please be in good physical condition. Routes and distance subject to change https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/colt-creek-state-park PLEASE BRING: 2 or more liters of water (REQUIRED). RECOMMENDED: Lunch, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen and proper footwear. Parts of the trail will be shaded and parts will be sunny. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. Park website advised fee of $4 per vehicle Carpooling - If you would like to carpool please post a comment. DIRECTIONS From I4 take exit 32 and proceed north on U.S. 98 approximately 13 miles, then turn right SR 471. The entrance to the park is 3.8 miles north of US 98 and 17 miles south of SR 50. LUNCH (Optional) For those interested afterwards, we can grab lunch. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!