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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

Melbourne Public Library

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Public Library on Fee Avenue in Melbourne – Socializing, Program (TBD) followed by a business meeting - Florida Trail Association

DAY HIKE ON SHILOH MARSH TRAIL

Lowe's Home Improvement

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.

DAY HIKE ON FOX LAKE CONSERVATION AREA

Lowe's in Titusville

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

Bi-Monthly Planning Meeting

Melbourne Public Library

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Public Library on Fee Avenue in Melbourne. Leader: Bill Alexander Phone: 321 - 693 - 7369

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DAY HIKE ON ORLANDO WETLANDS TRAIL

Lowe's Home Improvement

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