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!