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Little Hikers First Day Hike@Tillie K Fowler Regional Park
This walk/hike is targeted as a children's hike. All children must be accompanied at all times by a parent/legal guardian/someone with medical power of attorney (in case of injury). This is not a “drop off” event. Suggested ages: three - ten years old. Where: 7000 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL. The entrance to the park is directly across the street from the main gate of Jacksonville Naval Air Station. When: Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 10am. What To Wear: It's Florida, in January, the weather could be in the 80's or in the 40's! Hot/warm weather -- Shorts and short sleeve shirts are appropriate. Cool/cold weather -- long pants, a jacket and a hat. Closed toed shoes are a must. No flip flops. No sandals. No “heelys”. Some areas of the trail can be wet and muddy; so not a place for your "good" sneakers! Since there will be young children, please do not bring pets. Of course, service animals are welcome. Please bring a bottle of water for each hiker in your party. Bring a light snack, if desired, for your hungry hike; or consider packing a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike! Sunscreen and insect repellent are also a good idea. The Park: The park has a lot of amenities. There are picnic tables, covered picnic areas, benches, a water fountain, BBQ grills, a nice playground, two bathrooms, several loop trails, an observation tower, a dog park, an archery center, a off-road bike trail, and a nature center. More about the park: The park contains more than 500 acres. A large portion is a floodplain forest and pine flatwoods along the Ortega River. The Ortega is a tributary of the St. Johns River. Where to Meet: The playground. What We’ll Do: We will walk the "Blue" Tower Trail. From the playground we'll walk to the nature center. Part of the walk to the nature center is over a more than 100 year old brick road. If the nature center is open, we'll stop in. From there, we'll head to the observation tower. Then, loop back to our starting point. This is a 1.2 mile, in total, hike. There will be stops (nature center and observation tower). Trail Conditions: The trail is flat and in good condition. The trail includes: dirt trails (with quite a few roots), boardwalks, an old, old brick road, concrete and asphalt. There are some open areas; but, most of it is a nice shady path. There are a few muddy areas. Some of the brick road and boardwalk are a bit slippery with algae. Cost/Fees: None. This park has no entrance or parking fee. The park is open to the public.

Tillie Fowler Regional Park

7000 Roosevelt Blvd · Jacksonville, FL

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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.

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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-family-memberships/

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