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.

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.

Upcoming events (5+)

Monthly Chapter Meeting and Speaker

Veterans United Brewery

This is the last monthly chapter meeting before I Did A Hike. One of the fundraisers of I Did A Hike is the Buck in a Bucket. How does it work? You purchase a ticket, for a buck, then place it in the bucket next to the item you'd like to win. So, if you win,you'll get something you want! Do you have gently used gear you no longer want? Consider donating it for the Buck in a Bucket. Adrienne will be collecting any donations at the meeting.

Downtown Bridges Fitness Walk

Location visible to members

Let’s get together and get in a brisk paced 6 plus miles along the St. Johns River and over it via the Acosta and Main Street Bridges. We'll get in our daily recommended 10K steps and burn some calories while we talk. Please bring water to stay hydrated and your pup is welcome as long as they are friendly, well-socialized and on a leash. See you all there!

Ididahike 2019

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE CAMPGROUND

Come hike a new Ididahike section of the Florida National Scenic Trail along the historic and beautiful Suwannee River. Last year the Ididahike donated $5000 to the Florida Trail and this coming year we are bringing the wildly successful event to a new and exciting location Spirit of the Suwannee Campground and Music Park. Participants will pay $20 and register at the main gate of Spirit of the Suwannee Campground and Music Park to be shuttled via bus to Jerry Branch a Suwannee River Water Management access point to the river and trail. For those of you that are not familiar with the Spirit of the Suwannee here is a link https://www.musicliveshere.com The park is famous for numerous outdoor music festivals and borders the Suwannee River with many hiking trails as well as access to the Florida National Scenic Trail, Florida's equivalent to the famous Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Many of the North Florida Trailblazers FT chapter will be camping and RVing at the park Thursday thru Monday to set up and run this event so we invite all hikers and campers to come out and make the Ididahike a part of a weekend or long weekend. The Trailblazer will also organize short day hikes on Friday and Sunday for those interested. The Ididahike main event begins and ends at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and will be approximately 10 miles with the first take out stations at Camp Branch (3miles)Crooked Branch (4.5 miles),Devils Mountain (6 miles) and the old 129 bridge (9.5 miles).This time of year dogwoods, wild Azaleas, fringe flowers and many others will be in full bloom. The hike passes High above Jerry Branch, passes Disappearing Creek a beautiful clear creek that cuts a narrow canyon which cascades into a 25 foot wall of rock and disappears. Continuing on hikers cross Crooked branch then climbs on high to the highest bluff on the Suwannee River called Devils Mt, famously named for its barbed walking sticks. From this perch you may look out over the top of the trees on the opposite bank and peer down on the historic Suwannee below. Hiking down river, the trail passes numerous rock outcrops 20 and 30 feet above the river along with beautiful white sandbars offering great places to take a break. Near the end of the hike participants will cross the Suwannee on the old 129 Truss bridge and have the option to visit the ruins of the historic Suwannee mineral Spring before they finish. Plan to take your time on this beautiful section of our National Scenic Trail. Although there are strategically placed takeouts please bring lunch, appropriate clothing, snacks, bug repellent and water to support yourself and your party while hiking this scenic section of the Florida Trail. Please come join us on Friday night for a FTA group campfire. Spirit of the Suwannee offers a wide range of accommodations including 600 improved campsites, comfortable cabins, live music Friday and Saturday, a fully stocked bar and restaurant. Please call Carol Walker at Spirit of the Suwannee for a 10% discount for camping accommodations.

Monthly Chapter Meeting and Speaker

Pablo Creek Public Library

PLEASE NOTE date change to Mar 28 1) Member Introductions 2) **Chapter Officer Elections** You must be an active FTA member to vote. Additional information will follow. 3) Other Activities --a) Chapter & FTA News --b) IDIDAHIKE 2019 Wrapup --c) Chapter Activities - Past, Future and Suggestions ----(1) Review Annual Calander ----(2) IDIDAHIKE 2020 Preliminary Planning

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