What we're about

We are the North Florida Trailblazers, the local chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Our main purpose is to build and maintain sections of the Florida Trail (FT) in our chapter's area. Sections are located in the Osceola National Forest, along the Suwannee River near White Springs, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park and Camp Blanding. When we are not working on the FT, we organize day hikes, backpacking, paddling, and other outdoor activities. We have chapter meetings, social events and other activities to promote hiking. We are using Meetup to reach people interested in hiking.

The FT, a 1300 mile trail that runs the length of Florida, is part of the National Scenic Trails system (includes the AT and the Continental Divide, for example). The FT is developed, maintained, protected and promoted by the FTA and its public and private partners.

Check out this short video to learn more about the FT: Explore the Florida Trail - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1IsxEAjb0Q&feature=youtu.be)

We are not a social networking or dating group. We are here to support and maintain the FT and to promote hiking in general. But if you enjoy hiking and outdoors activities, you will certainly meet people with shared interests. Advertising to or within the group is not allowed.

RSVPs are important so that we may properly plan for you and for the group. If your ability to attend changes, please change your RSVP as soon as you know so that your spot can be given to others especially on our limited attendance events. If you have to change your RSVP at the last minute, please message your event leader so that you are not marked as a "No Show." Three No Shows can result in the loss of your membership in the Meetup group.

If you request to join us, please make sure your profile includes your name and a recent photo of yourself so we can recognize you at our events. We do require participants at our events to put their name on our sign-in sheet/liability waiver.

Our members receive many benefits, including automatic membership in a local chapter in your area, which holds its own meetings and activities and sends out a newsletter pertinent to what’s going on in your area; a subscription to the Footprint magazine; trail maintenance training workshops, including chainsaw certification; participation in Volunteer Work Parties, our team-building volunteer trail crews that tackle large projects like building bridges and boardwalks; a window decal and logo patch; opportunity to participate on decision-making committees covering major trail issues; and voting privileges. Memberships start at $35 for an individual or $50 for a family. http://ftashop.floridatrail.org/individual -...

NOTE: Registration on this Meetup does not make you a member of the FTA. Some of our events will be offered only to FTA members. Go to www.floridatrail.org to join the FTA and learn more about our organization.

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Local Hike - Ribault Club - Women Beginners only

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New to hiking in NE Florida? Not sure what to wear, how much water to bring, or where to find trails in our area? Together with the support of the Timucuan Parks Foundation, we will review the basics, then take a hike!
Hopefully, you will enhance your confidence about getting outdoors in the woods and meet other people to go with you.

The loop trail at The Ribault Club is 3 miles, with an opportunity to shorten it at 2.5 miles. Terrain is flat and dry. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring a snack and some water (at least 1 bottle), and bug spray. Bring a chair to sit on while we have a 45-min talk about clothes, gear, etc.
There are restrooms at the Clubhouse.
You may want to allow time to go explore Kingsley Plantation, as well.

I am limiting the group to 15 people for now, but may open it up as we get closer to the date. We will be joined by participants from The Timucuan Parks Foundation, as well. For women only. No dogs please.

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Trailblazers will be at REI Town Center

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