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Lets Hike Guana Preserve!

Lets Hike Guana Preserve! This is a great property, bounded by the Guana and Tolomato Rivers. This hike features spectacular views of both rivers, large live oaks, and provides ample opportunity for wildlife viewing: Deer, wild hogs, a variety of water birds, and dolphins! This hike is convenient to Jacksonville, the beaches, St. Augustine and Palm Coast.

This is an intermediate level hike open to hikers with some hiking experience in good physical condition. The planned hike is about 6 miles and should take us about 4 hours. Hikers should bring a pack with at least 2 pints (bottles) of water, snacks and lunch. Wear shoes suitable for walking long distances. Dress appropriately for the weather (more advice to follow).

Oh, yeah, and bring a camera: This hike offers some drop-dead gorgeous “long” views!

Meetup time is 9:30am Saturday February 9th. I may cancel or postpone the hike due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Meetup location is at the end of Guana River Road, South Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Best bet is to mapquest that from your starting point. Turn off A1A on to Guana River Road, pause at the ranger booth to pay the fee, and proceed to the end of the road (it will turn to dirt after the 1st parking area). Park at the last parking area… we will congregate at the picnic shelter.

Note that hikers are responsible for covering the park’s $3.00 per vehicle admission fee. It is typically set up as a “self pay” arrangement, so exact change in cash is required.

Park map: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/pub/maps/Guana_Trail_Map_2007.pdf
Park website: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/guana.htm

This is a pet friendly hike, so canine hikers are welcome. Anyone considering bringing their dog on any activity should consider the fitness level and temperament of their pet before doing so. If your dog does accompany you, make sure you bring enough food/water for him/her and a small bowl for them to eat/drink from. Dogs should be leashed and pet owners should adhere to all park rules pertaining to pets.

If you have any health conditions, you may want to indicate that on a 3x5 card and leave in a conspicuous location in your pack as well as the name and phone number of a contact person. You may also want to confidentially share any relevant health information with the activity leader prior to the hike.

I’ll follow up with my cell phone number the day before the hike.

See you there!

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  • Mary R.

    Mike ... incredible shots as always! Thanks for being the defacto group photographer! Bill, kudos to you for leading such a large group effortlessly.... Beautiful day all around. Leslie, Tuscany slept all afternoon when she got home. ;-)

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Leslie

    A very nice day with nice people and dogs. Thanks to all dog owners for being responsible and keeping your dog on leash. Mine slept all the way home!

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • don w

    The hike was fun and went by really fast . I enjoyed then scene and scenery. Just one rowdy armadillo but there is always next time ! I enjoyed seeing the different puppies :). added a different element.

    February 9, 2013

  • David H.

    Had a great hike and really enjoyed the fellowship! Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for coming out everyone! It was great hiking with you. Keep your eye on the calendars, more great activities coming up soon! If you have not done so already, consider supporting our organization by joining FTA: http://www.floridatrail.org/store/html/category.cfm?id=86 and/or attending chapter meetings and work hikes.

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Carine

    it was great

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Mike H.

    A nice hike, beautiful area and a great bunch.

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Good exercise on beautiful trails on a gorgeous sunny spring day with nice people. Although the group was large, it spread out over time.

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Ivette B.

    Another amazing time with great folks! NFTB did it again!

    4 · February 9, 2013

  • Dawn T.

    Great hike!! Wonderful weather!! Great company!! Thank you for arranging hikes like these! Just a quick reminder..good idea to do body checks for ticks..I found 2. Just apart of nature..I guess they wanted to do a hike too :}

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Don

    Great hike, great day, great people.

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Barbara K.

    perfect day all around...thank you for organizing this...

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Nikki

    Nursing achy bones right now but I had a great time!

    2 · February 9, 2013

  • Kim N

    Great hike on a gorgeous day!

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Cindy

    What a great day ! Perfect weather, perfect place, perfect companions!

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Nikki

    12 miles away :(

    February 9, 2013

  • Kathy

    Running late. What trail are you taking?

    February 9, 2013

  • Nikki

    Wasn't the hike at 8:30 am?

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hike is at 930am

      February 9, 2013

  • peter

    first timer coming from brunswick ga, hope i wake up on time ;)

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • Debi H.

    Is the RSVP necessary. I have RSVP'd but now I am not sure I can make it.

    February 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Debi, Hope you can make it! If not, you can click on "change RSVP" on the top of the page.

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you have any difficulties tomorrow morning, you may call me at[masked]-2557. Note that this is an extremely large group and I may not be able to field all of the calls.

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Greetings Guana Hikers!

    Weather for tomorrow looks great! Mid 60's and sunny, perfect hiking weather. It may be a bit chilly in the morning, so you may want to consider wearing long pants and bringing a jacket. Once you get moving you will warm up considerably.

    Make sure to bring adequate food and water as I outlined above. Bringing lunch is optional: We should be finished by 12:30 or so and there is no real convenient place to eat lunch on this trail, anyway. Please be prompt. Arrive early if you can... this is a very large group and we need to get everyone greeted and signed in. Mapquest from your location to get an approximate driving time.

    Note that your park pass will entitle you to use the property for the entire day. The park has a museum/nature center with an additional $2.00 per person admission fee.

    See you there!

    February 8, 2013

  • Barbara K.

    her name is susan

    February 8, 2013

  • Leslie

    anyone want to carpool? I'm coming from the westside.

    February 8, 2013

  • Don

    First timer. Looking forward to the experience.

    February 7, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    I am volunteering for St. Vincents event all day Friday until midnight.

    February 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Wendy, hope you can still make it... understand if you can't though.

      February 7, 2013

    • Cary B

      Don't wimp out on us! :)

      February 7, 2013

  • Barbara K.

    have every intention of joining you ...what is the procedure for last minute changes...is there a number i should call or text...thanks...barbara

    February 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Barbara, if you can't make it or if you want to bring a guest, click on "Change RSVP" on the upper right of this page. I'll be posting my cell # the night before the hike.

      1 · February 7, 2013

  • Wendy G.

    Khaled, sorry to hear about your injury. I pray you heal quickly and are stronger than before. Hugs, wendy

    February 3, 2013

  • elaine o.

    I have wanted to see the preserve. I just have to get my work done early!

    February 3, 2013

  • Nancy Burton-Berman T.

    That's my yoga teacher training weekend, so I will have to miss this one. Have a great hike, everyone.

    February 2, 2013

  • Andrea C.

    I wouldn't recommend bringing dogs. My dog was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake while we were hiking here a couple years ago. She's fine now but it cost me $800 at the vet.

    1 · January 28, 2013

    • Mary R.

      It's hiking, in the woods, with nature. Comes with inherent risks. Tuscany & I get it... :-). We'll be fine.

      January 30, 2013

    • Cindy C.

      Looking forward to hiking with my younger dog Lottie- thanks for the heads up on snakes though! She is terrified of them and leaps in the air if she thinks a stick is a snake- guess they know! Of course she is afraid of big dogs too (shes big as well) :)

      January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any shoe comfortable for walking long distances should be fine. If conditions are wet, may want to go with something waterproof.... will keep an eye on that one. I hiked this trail the other day in tennis shoes.

    January 28, 2013

  • Bri

    Not an absolute YES but going to attempt to make it happen & bring a friend while at it :)

    January 28, 2013

  • Mary R.

    Planning on bringing Tuscany too. ;-)

    January 27, 2013

  • Cindy C.

    can't wait, will be there with my dog Lottie

    January 27, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Bill you will want to check tide charts as parts of the section that is next to the river gets ankle deep or so when the tide is high and it comes in very quickly, quick enough you can watch it. It can be bypassed by returning on the inner loop.

    January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are good to go on that one: The trails being contemplated are all above the high tide mark.

      1 · January 27, 2013

  • don w

    hope it will be nice day do most wear hikin boots or just the hikin sneakers

    January 26, 2013

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