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The Space Coast Hiking Meetup Group is a public outreach of the Florida Trail Association – Indian River Chapter. The Florida Trail Association (FTA) develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). Together with our partners we provide opportunities for the public to hike, engage in outdoor recreation, participate in environmental education, and contribute to meaningful volunteer work. As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, we depend on an extensive network of volunteers to achieve our mission.

The Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) is one of the United States 11 National Scenic Trails, and stretches 1,300 miles, from the edge of the everglades ecosystem in Big Cypress National Preserve to the white sands of Gulf Islands National Seashore at historic Fort Pickens. The FNST offers an outdoor experience that is unique to Florida.

The Indian River Chapter (IRC) is one of 18 regional FTA chapters, and is responsible for building and maintaining more than 120 miles of trail, including the FNST, that wind through the Three Lakes, Bull Creek, Triple N, and Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), and through Forever Florida, an eco-tourism destination. The IRC is 48 years old, has more than 200 members, and through this meetup group offers frequent opportunities for its wider community to experience the outdoors. Activities include not only trail maintenance hikes, but also leisure hikes and camping, backpacking, sightseeing, swimming, and paddling. We offer full moon hikes, beach strolls, and lighthouse tours. An annual Easter Egg Hunt is a favorite for children of all ages. Our monthly chapter meetings feature presentations on long-distant hikes, skill-building exercises, and knowledge exchange. While there is no fee to join our meetup group and to participate in our outdoor activities or chapter meetings, your FTA membership and donations of time, equipment, and money support the FTA mission and are greatly appreciated. For more information or to join the FTA, please visit https://www.floridatrail.org/.

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Monday Monthly FTA Indian River Chapter Meeting

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Prairie Lakes WMA ( 6.5 miles)

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Join us for a hike at the Prairie Lakes unit of Three Lakes WMA. Meet at Sam's Club in Melbourne on hwy 192 near I-95 at 8:30 AM. The drive is a long one, 53 miles, that should get us to the trailhead at about 9:40 AM. We'll start from the bridge on the white blazed south leg and loop around to the orange blazed trail, it'll be close to noon when we get to the Dry Pond Campground so we will stop and have lunch or snack there. After lunch we continue to the Lake Jackson boat ramp then back to the parking area by the bridge.

Part of our hike will be under open sunshine, but most of it will be under canopied dense forest. Please remember to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, PPE, snack or lunch, and hydration with you. Its pretty remote out there and you won't find any travel services within a 10 mile radius of our parking area.

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Backpacking Prairie Lakes ~15 Miles (~2.5 Friday,~7.6 Saturday, ~4.7 Sunday)

This is a follow-up hike to my Backpacking 101 & 201 events that are scheduled for Saturday, December 10th- Sunday, November 11th (101) & Saturday, January 7th- Sunday, January 8th (201).

All interested participants in this event will be immediately added to the waitlist. Preference will be given to people who signed up and attended one of my current or previous Backpacking 101 or 201 events.

The Details:

  • We will be meeting at the Prairie Lakes Kiosk at 4:00 P.M. Make sure that you are entering the gate that specifically says “Prairie Lakes” off of Canoe Creek Road (Hwy 523).
  • Please Note: There is a $3.00/person or $6.00/car fee per day.
  • Make sure to be on time as we will be hitting the trail shortly after everyone arrives and gear checks have been completed as sunset is at 6:10 PM. We will be leaving the kiosk by 4:30 at the latest.
  • Please Note: This is a backpacking event. Meaning that you need to have all of the appropriate gear and the ability to carry everything that you need in your own pack for the entire weekend. This includes all of your overnight gear and enough food and water for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring your water filter if you have one as we will have a non-potable water source at both campsites. All water must be filtered!

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Each individual is responsible for looking into the specific activity, evaluating their situation as well as their family’s health risks, and making their own determination on whether to participate. Note that it is always acceptable for an individual to decide that they do not wish to participate. By signing the FTA Assumption of Risk form, you are acknowledging that you are voluntarily participating in the activity, that you do not have any Covid-19 symptoms which would suggest that you currently have the virus, and that you will follow the instructions of the person(s) in charge (Activity Leader, Trail Crew Leader, etc.). If at any time you feel uncomfortable during the activity, you should make the leader aware of your concerns and if you still feel uncomfortable exit from the activity.

CRITICAL – If you test positive or are having symptoms for Covid-19 after having participated in any activity or have been in contact with FTA personnel, equipment or materials, notify the appropriate contact persons (FTA Staff or Chapter Leadership) immediately and inform them of the situation so that they can evaluate and determine if other individuals may be at risk.

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Pioneer Day at Sams House

Sams House at Pine Island

This event is a promotion for the Florida Trail Associate.
We will be leading short hikes around Sams House, handing out FTA promotional material and answering questions.


Past events (1,206)

Sunset full moon over the bridge walk.

Douglas Park