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Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association

The Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (formerly the Florida Crackers) has brought together North Central Florida’s outdoor adventurers since it was chartered in 1980, when the first meetings were held in member’s living rooms. The chapter hosted the very first North Regional Fall Conference in 1983 at Suwannee River State Park and has participated in every state and North Regional conference since. A sub-chapter, the Cracker’s Kinfolk, later became the Suwannee Chapter.


Members of the Sandhill Chapter have built many bridges over the deep gorges along the Suwannee River, have maintained an open trail in Lake Butler Forest despite frequent timber clear-cuts, and, working in coordination with biking and equestrian groups, built a 35-mile segment of trail through Marion County along the Cross Florida Greenway, crossing the prominent 3.3 million dollar Land Bridge over I-75 between Belleview and Ocala.


The chapter schedules a variety of activities each month such as day hikes, picnics, kayak/canoe trips, overnight backpack trips and bicycle outings. Annual events include the chapter Christmas party in December and the "Goodbye for the Summer" picnic in May.


Upcoming events (4)

Holton Creek Work Party - Nov. 12-17

Holton Creek River Camp

Holton Creek Work Party Nov 12 - 17. Free camping and meals! Join the Florida Trail Association and enjoy the beautiful Suwannee River in one of the most scenic locations on the Florida Trail. Our crew will camp at the Holton Creek campsite directly on the Suwannee River. Holton Creek is part of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, and is equipped with hot water, showers, and electricity. Bring your boat for beautiful evening river paddles! Sign up for 1 day or the whole event. You cannot register for this event thru Meetup. To sign up go to https://www.floridatrail.org/2020sh1/ For more info contact Jeff Glenn [masked]

Stephen Foster Work Party - Dec. 3-9

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Stephen Foster Volunteer Work Party Dec 3 - 9. Free tent camping and meals! Join Florida Trail Association volunteers in maintaining the trail along the beautiful Suwannee River. The trail crew will be car camping at Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs and working in small groups to bring the Florida Trail up to standard along the river. The state park has a shower house with hot showers and flush toilets. Electricity is available but no RV hookups. Bring your boat for beautiful evening river paddles! Sign up for 1 day or the whole event. You cannot register for this event thru Meetup. To sign up go to https://www.floridatrail.org/2020sh2/ For more info follow the link or contact Jeff Glenn [masked]

My Hike at San Felasco today
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This year's IDIDAHIKE will be along the scenic Suwannee River near White Springs, Florida. The approximate total length is 8.5 miles, with take out points at the 3 and 5 mile mark for those who don't want to hike the whole distance. Hikers will register at the Heritage Welcome Center - Yellow building(NOT inside Stephen Foster Cultural Center Park) then you will be taken to the starting point on the Florida National Scenic Trail. You will hike at your own pace and end up at the Center. Tickets are $20 each. Children 12 and under are $10.00. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Tourism Center. The trail will be well-blazed so you won't get lost! What to wear: comfortable closed-toe shoes, dress in layers, hat What to bring: water, snacks/lunch, day pack, camera, your sense of adventure. After you return to the Tourism Center, you can purchase lunch, explore the town, and visit the Stephen Foster State Park. All proceeds will go to The Florida Trail Association, the statewide organization which builds and maintains the Florida National Scenic Trail. Please see http://www.floridatrail.org for more information about FTA and our mission. Tshirts will be available for sale for $10. Merchandise from the FTA Store will also be available for purchase (cash or credit). There will be food available from local vendor(s) after your hike. Camping is available at Stephen Foster State Park, and hotels are located close to Lake City along I-10 or I-95. (All volunteers are responsible for their own accomodations). Come enjoy a great day hiking along The Florida National Scenic Trail and help support The Florida Trail Association! Please keep checking back to this site as more details will be posted soon!

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Suwannee Quest 2020 - 3

Suwannee River Wayside Park

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