Lets hike Washington Oaks Gardens State Park! This is a nice little state park in Palm Coast. The land originally belonged to a distant relative of George Washington and after changing hands a few times was sold to the state in 1965. It has a trail system, which includes part of the Florida Trail, along the Matanzas River. The park also boasts a nice ocean beach front with interesting rock formations.
Here is the link to the state park website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks/default.cfm Web page includes a map.
Park is located at: 6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard Palm Coast, Florida 32137 Note that hikers are responsible for paying the park entry fee for their own selves and their vehicle: $4.00 for single occupancy vehicles, $5.00 for vehicles with 2-8 people. Not a bad deal for a morning's entertainment!
Lets gather at the parking area on the riverfront (west) side by the playground and restrooms: If you turn west off A1A and make a left past the ranger booth, its the last parking area before you run out of road. The park ranger at the booth should be able to give you more information. We are only going to hike the riverfront portion, but your daily park pass gives you access to the beachfront portion as well.
Meetup time is 9:30 am on Saturday, December 15th. Plan to be at the park for approximately 2 hours. Park has restrooms, water, and a gift shop. Hike is open to all. This is an entry level hike suitable for beginner hikers or even more advanced hikers interested in a nice walk in the woods and an opportunity to meet some new people. Hikers should wear shoes suitable for walking long distances, bring at least 2 pints (bottles) of water, sunscreen, bug repellant, and snacks. Children and well behaved pets are welcome, however the Park Service does not allow pets in the garden area or on the beach. Any questions feel free to post on the meetup site. See you then!