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Come explore Pellicer Creek, a designated State Canoe Trail which is noted for its scenic and pristine condition. Faver-Dykes S.P. is well-known for its very natural condition while the park borders Pellicer Creek as it winds its way along the southern boundary of the park. The creek contains saltwater and freshwater fish species such as spotted sea trout, common snook, large-mouth bass and bream. The park is also a popular site for birding with more than one-hundred species of birds seen during spring and fall migrations. Pellicer Creek was named for settler Francisco Pellicer who received a land grant from the King of Spain and then built his homestead on the banks of the creek around 1800. Pellicer Creek, an aquatic preserve, is the main body of water in the 6,045 acre Faver-Dykes State Park.
We will paddle from the second launch site in Faver Dykes S.P. (1000 Faver-Dykes Road) to Princess Place Preserve (another historical park and lodge and return to launch (total of 4 miles +/-). Total time: about 2.5 – 3 hours. Be at the launch site by 9:00 a.m. to sign waiver and for a brief discussion about the paddle trip and the importance of safety and the Sierra Club and its mission. Be in the water by 9:30. Restrooms are available at the launch site which is a hard surface with easy access, parking and put-in. It is usually calm water with minimal tidal effect. A small fee box ($5) is requested or a Florida State Park Pass number and is on the honor system and is requested by the State for entry to the park.
From the intersection of RT 206 and RT 1 in St. Augustine proceed south on RT 1 - 6.9 miles to Faver Dykes Rd. St. Augustine (note the Amoco Station and fruit stores). Take the left onto Faver Dykes Rd. and drive 3.1 miles to the launch at 1000 Faver Dykes Road. (Hint - When you reach the brown Ranger Station and Boat Ramp sign on Faver Dykes Rd, take a right. A few hundred yards further will be the launch site and area for parking.
If coming on I-95, get off at Exit 298, US 1 and go north on US1. Then in 0.3 miles, turn right on Faver Dykes Road and drive 3.1 miles to the ranger station and boat ramp sign and turn right and continue until you come to the boat ramp and parking area.
PFD’s (life preservers) are required and MUST be worn by all participants as well as having a whistle or other sound device. A hat, water, bug spray and sunscreen are recommended. Participants must know how to swim.
This is a Sierra Club Military Outdoors event - a joint Sierra Club Northeast Florida and YMCA outing - FOR ACTIVE AND FORMER MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES ONLY.
We’ll hike the trails of the Sawmill Slough Preserve at the University of North Florida Wildlife Sanctuary and pass through upland pines, turkey-oak woodlands and cypress swamps. We will hike for about 4 miles.
The Sierra Club and the YMCA of the USA have launched a national partnership focused on improving the health and well-being of former and current members of the military and their families through outdoor experiences. Studies prove the mental health benefits of participating in outdoor programs.
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Bring repellent and water. Children capable of hiking for 3-4 miles are welcome. No pets (service dogs OK). Restrooms at trailhead. Your parking fee will be paid for.
Meet in the parking lot of the UNF Parking Services Building/Outdoor Center near the west entrance to UNF about a half mile east of the I-295 East Beltway. This is the entrance that continues east from Town Center Road. You’ll see a Parking Services building on your right, turn there.
Open for RSVP Sunday, October 30
Let’s do a cleanup on the Sierra Club Adopted Portion of Heckscher Drive. This scenic area on the Northside just past the Ferry on Heckscher Drive was adopted by Sierra Club as part of the city wide Adopt a Mile program. We will concentrate first in the boat ramp area and turn around areas that seems where trash washes up the most. It is important that we clean up the plastic and other debris that so much affects our wildlife.
Please bring ample amount of water, gloves and bug spray. Closed Toe Shoes is required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets permitted unless service animal. * Please arrive 15 minutes early for check in and Sierra and safety talk.
We will meet at the Haulover Creek Park on the right- hand side just before the Huguenot Park entrance on A1A for the cleanup. Look for the Sierra Club sign!
The address is for Haulover Creek Park is 10980 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
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Directions: For Cleanup: If you are coming from the south take 295 N. go over the Dames Point Bridge and keep to the right. Take exit 41 for Heckscher Drive. Keep Right. Continue straight for approximately 9 miles. After you pass the Ferry and the sign for St. George Island and Kingsley Plantation keep going on A1A until you go over the first bridge. The park and parking are on the right immediately after the bridge. If you go to the Huguenot Memorial Park Entrance you have gone too far. It is a little less than a mile after the Ferry.
If you are coming from the Beaches you may opt. to take the Ferry but it is an $8.00 charge.
From the north and west take 295 S and take left 2 lanes to exit 41 Heckscher Dr Zoo Parkway. Stay straight on Heckscher Dr. Continue straight for approximately 9 miles**. After you pass the Ferry and the sign for St. George Island and Kingsley Plantation keep going on A1A until you go over the first bridge. The park** and parking are on the right immediately after the bridge. If you go to the Huguenot Memorial Park Entrance you have gone too far. It is a little less than a mile after the Ferry.
We will hike approximately three miles along the beautiful trails of Hanna Park (http://tinyurl.com/qaqo53c ). The trail is pretty narrow with some minor elevation changes. Please be at the meeting place at Parking Lot #8 at 8:45 to allow time for pre-hike activities. We want to be on the trail at 9 sharp.
You are required to complete a Participant Agreement. We strongly encourage you to complete the agreement online to save time at the beginning of the outing.
If you do not sign online, a paper form will be available at the meeting place.
Restrooms available. Bring, water and insect repellent*. There is a $5.00 admission fee per carload to enter the park. Please, no pets. Kids capable of a three mile hike at an adult pace are welcome.
DIRECTIONS: To get to the park located at 500 Wonderwood Dr, Jacksonville, 32233, take Monument Rd east from I-295, then turn right on McCormick/Wonderwood until you come to the park entrance at the intersection Wonderwood Dr and Old Mayport Rd.
We will meet in the Beach Access Parking Lot 8, 0.6 miles past the entrance station. After entering and paying, proceed straight. You will pass a green sign for Lots 6 and 7. Continue to the next stop sign and turn left. Go straight up to the Parking Lot #8 by the beach.
After the hike, you can take full advantage of Hanna Park by strolling the beach, renting a kayak or canoe, or riding the biking trails.
Cancellation Policy: Event will be held rain or shine, but may be cancelled if weather threatens safety such as in the case of lightning or high winds in the forecast. Also, if the heat index is forecast to be over 103, then the outing will be cancelled. Participants are advised to check Meetup for current status before traveling to the event. Events may need to be cancelled at short notice.
* Help the environment by following these tips:
- Bring your water in a reusable container instead of a single-use plastic bottle
- Use sunscreen free of oxybenzone and octinoxate. These chemicals are extremely harmful to coral reefs, as well as being hormone disruptors in humans.
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