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Join us for a hike on the Shiloh Marsh Trail on SR-3 north of the space center, meet at Lowe's parking lot in Titusville on Hwy. 50 just off I-95 at 8:30 AM. The drive to the trailhead is about 25 miles so we should be there a bit after nine, if you prefer to meet at the trailhead, click on the map link below for directions. We will do a hike of about four miles mostly on levees around water impoundments. We will complete the hike before noon so lunch is optional but do bring snacks and something to drink and since most of the trail is open, bring a hat and sunscreen; plus, the white sweet clover is thick in areas and about three feet tall so long pants is suggested. If desired, Goodrich's restaurant is just around the corner from there and we have been known to raid it with great satisfaction in the past. For more info, call 321>453>1586 Send e-mail to jescoffier at aol.com log onto http://jjehiketwm.blogspot.com/ for a trail map. A complete Wednesday Hike schedule is at http://jjehikesced.blogspot.com/ Some thoughts from the trail, click on: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zm4ZXh7AeSdn1bFU9 Click on the photo link on top of this page for photos from the trail.
For this hike, we will be at Lowes Lowe's in Titusville on hwy 50 just off I-95 at 8:30 AM or if you want to meet at the trailhead, it's only a couple miles drive and we should be there a bit before nine. From Lowe's Parking lot at Hwy 50 and I-95, Depart from the south entrance onto Hwy 50, make a U-turn and head east on Hwy. 50 a short way to South Street, (Hwy 405), take South Street north, (turn left), two miles to Fox Lake Road. Turn left on Fox Lake Road and drive over I-95 to the end in the park. Park just west of the boat ramp. The trail starts just past the ramp, look for the kiosk, and it's a five mile loop through a variety of systems. For more info, goto http://www.outintheboonies.com GPS for meeting place is N[masked]' W[masked]', for the trailhead is N[masked]' W[masked]' We have a hike of about 6 miles planned. This hike will be very similar to our adventure out here in November. The trails have recently been groomed and are in fine shape. Expect a little mud out there in spots in the low lying areas. Again, we will make it out to Lake Overlook this year via the northern route around Fox Lake, and to the Kayak Landing and Youth Campsite just south of the northern body of water shown. (see figure below). There is a modern bathroom facility out there, along with some additional amenities at the campsite. Additionally, a side trip to Moss Point is planned this time that we did not do last November. The hiking terrain will be varied, which is a plus, for those who like variety. Included are sections of: - Very shady trails with tall trees and tree roots everywhere - Tall grassy Savannah areas - Sandy beach trails surrounded by scrub brush - Walking planks, some only 1 plank wide, over potential wetlands (dry today) - Equestrian trail (0.2 miles) - Sandy road Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and bug spray, in case you need it. The majority of the hike will be in shaded areas, but there will be long stretches out under the full sky when we are on open roads and scrub brush areas.A couple of issues to be mindful of: 1. The is a stretch on the way back where you will need to traverse single plank sections that are sometimes wobbly or badly in need of replacement. The area around them was dry today, but if you have issues with agility or balance, then you might reconsider going out with us. Just some advice! 2. There are numerous signs in the preserve which say, “No Horses or Bikes.” If you see such a sign, please reinterpret that sign to mean, “Hikers go this way. The trail is yours!” Looking forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday, April 10th. Gary Wasserman