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Easy Saturday morning hike

Also known as Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, this is a local favorite of many, and you will add it to your "favorites list"after our hike.

Go to the More tab, then Files, and look for the Guana trails guide.
We'll walk a leisurely few miles (probably around 5 miles - not the whole trail). You'll have time to take pictures. Flat terrain.

Wear closed-toe shoes, bring bug spray, snacks and water, and your camera!

Please include an Emergency card in your pack in case you are knocked unconscious by a mosquito. Include someone I can call to come get you, any allergies you have, and any medications you are taking. We won't look at it unless we have to.

If enough interest, we'll go somewhere close for lunch afterwards.

Here's the website: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/

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  • Leslie

    One of the rangers sent me the following info about the Indian Mound we saw: The mound is called Sanchez Mound. We believe it could date back to the St. Johns period, which ranges from about 500 BC until AD 1600. The mound was first investigated in 1878 by a man named Andrew Douglas. His notes say he found numerous stone tools including celts and whetstones, human burials and ceramics. Celts are shaped like axheads and were used for various actions including chopping and digging. There are also celts that were thought to be strictly ceremonial as well, though I do not know if the celts from this mound were strictly ceremonial or not. We have not done an modern work at the site except for monitoring. When we replaced the fence a few years ago, the post-holes had quite a number of ceramics in most of them.

    November 22, 2012

    • Mike H.

      Very interesting thanks for the info Leslie.

      November 22, 2012

  • Bob D.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my first hike with the group and am looking forward to the next time I’ll be able to participate.
    Thanks to all who made it possible.

    1 · November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another Great Hike and a great group of People to hike with.

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice flat well-marked trail.

    November 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    very interesting hike along waterways,awesome views! hike itself was moderate pace, sometimes challenging underwater trails to circumvent!

    November 17, 2012

  • Leslie

    A very collegial group made this hike particularly enjoyable. The rain held off and we ended up walking about 8 miles. Went to the very southern tip this time. We had to bushwack a short section as the tide came in and flooded the trail. Walter was our intrepid leader! Thanks everyone for a great day.

    November 17, 2012

  • Mark P.

    I'm gonna pass even tho I live close. Looks like the weather could get nasty. Hoping you guys get lucky tho.

    November 17, 2012

    • Leslie

      You should've come Mark - weather turned out to be perfect - not hot or too sunny. Next time!

      November 17, 2012

  • Cary B

    Sorry I missed it. Somehow I didn't get up until around 10. Darn the bad luck. ;-)

    November 17, 2012

  • Mike H.

    Great walk, perfect weather and a awesome group.

    November 17, 2012

  • Lulu

    We have to cancel due to weather.

    November 17, 2012

  • Leslie

    TX MA. I'll be there.

    November 17, 2012

  • Mary Alice W.

    drizzling now, but looks on the 'weather in motion map' like it will pass before the hike starts. Also looks like no rain during the hike, but I am still bringing my rain hat!!! See you rain or shine.

    November 17, 2012

  • Leslie

    I'll check this site before I leave at 7:00 am.

    November 16, 2012

  • Leslie

    8:30pm report: I'll be there whatever the weather. It will be chilly when we start out, so bring a hat/jacket, etc. I'm sending my cell phone to the attendees. Please call if you need us to wait a few minutes. We have a great group signed up - last minute joiners are still welcome!

    November 16, 2012

  • Walter B.

    FYI. $3.00 per vehicle admission fee on the honor system. A box with envelopes is at the trails entrance. The nature center admission is $2.00 if anyone is interested in attending. Also, just talked with someone in the nature center and she advised that the purple & red trails are quite wet on the west side. Those are the trails that are on the south end of the island.

    November 15, 2012

    • Leslie

      TX Walter. I got a trail report from the ranger today.

      November 15, 2012

  • Leslie

    Could be chilly when we start out, so dress in layers, preferably synthetics. Cotton can make you sweat and then you get cold. Bring water and snacks and a camera. We'll meet at 9am, start walking by 9:15. We can decide on the route that morning. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    November 15, 2012

  • Leslie

    Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash (sorry Cedar).

    1 · November 13, 2012

  • Walter B.

    For something around 2 miles, Jacksonville Arboretum(perhaps could get a naturalist as a guide), Ft Caroline Monument(has a museum), Castaway Island Preserve, Tillie K Fowler Regional Park. In the 4 mile range, perhaps something in the Pumpkin Hill/Cedar Point Preserve/Belz Tiger Point area or further out in the Timucuan/Talbot area. Also Blue Cypress Park north of JU.

    November 13, 2012

    • Leslie

      all good suggestions Walter - i'll add them to my list!

      November 13, 2012

  • Leslie

    I can carpool, but be prepared for lunch afterwards.
    I'm coming from the Westside.

    November 13, 2012

  • Leslie

    I was going to hike the Bayard property, but have decided it might be too risky due to hunting season! Guana is just as pretty, but safer.

    November 13, 2012

  • Dr. Vijay S.

    Hi Leslie,

    Let me know the location.

    November 13, 2012

  • Leslie

    I'm taking suggestions...

    November 13, 2012

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  • Leslie
    FTA Member, Membership Chair, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Mike H.
    FTA Member, Suwanne River Section Leader, Activity Leader, Assistant Organizer
  • James L.
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  • Randal
    FTA Member, Activity Leader, Suwannee River Guru
  • Walter B.
    Activity Leader, FTA Member, Co-Organizer
  • Mary Alice W.
    FTA MEMBER
  • Bob D.
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  • A former member
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