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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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Tosohatchee Trail Maintenance

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Perform trail maintenance in Tosohatchee WMA. We will be meeting up with Sean Blanton, organizer of the upcoming ultra-marathon, and possibly some of the other ultra-marathoners. The priority will be to perform maintenance tasks that support the upcoming ultra-marathon.

There is likely to be a lot of lopping, hedging, brush cutting, etc. in Tosohatchee. If you have a gas hedger or brush cutter it would be very useful. If you want to do manual lopping that is fine also. Depending on conditions we may also be running a brush mower. There is likely to be some water on the trail. Don't wear shoes that you don't want to get wet.

When performing trail maintenance you need to wear a hard hat, glasses, long pants, gloves, and sturdy shoes. A long sleeve shirt will help protect your arms.

We have extra hard hats for volunteers. With the Covid situation you might want to consider bringing your own glasses and gloves.

Initially we will meet up near the entrance of Tosohatchee WMA on Sunday morning. Toso has an electric gate that won't open until 8:00 AM so at first you may be stuck at the entrance.

If there are questions or comments please respond below. My email is [masked]. If you want to participate, please send me an email so I can start making a participant mailing list.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you.

Triple 'N Ranch

Sam's Club

HIKE LEADER: Gary Wasserman,[masked]

This is a hike of 7.4 miles of moderate difficulty. The trail is muddy at spots with standing water. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hydration, snacks, and PPE with you.

NOTE: By attending this event you agree to follow the Florida Trail Association (FTA) COVID-19 protocol that you are either fully vaccinated or agree to be tested for Covid-19 and have a result within 72 hours of the event.

With hunting season on hiatus this week, this is a good time to hike the trails at Triple N Ranch WMA. The entrance to Triple N Ranch is about 20 miles west of 192 exit of I-95 -- about 5 miles west of Bull Creek. There is a small, bright green sign with white lettering directing you to take a left off of 192 into the entrance of Triple N Ranch. The parking for the trail is on the right just before you see a small building marking the entrance to the preserve on your left. If you are planning on meeting us at the trail head, then it is probably best if you enter these two decimal numbers into your GPS:
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This address will get you there, too:
10289 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
St Cloud, FL 34773

We will be at the trail head parking at 9:15 AM. Alternatively, meet me at Sam's Club on 192 at 8:30AM. We can be found at the northwest corner of the huge Sam's Club parking lot. From there, most of us will want to follow me out to Triple N Ranch.

We will be hiking a 7.0 mile, blue-blazed trail called the Triple N Loop that passes through a little of everything from pine flat woods and oak scrub to scenic hammocks along Crabgrass Creek. There's a picnic area with one table located about half-way along the Triple N Loop. Look for a 0.2 mile short green-blazed spur trail to take you there.

Over 2.5 miles will be in open prairie. So, you might want to bring along sunscreen and head covering. The rest of this hike is under beautiful hammock. Part of this trail is dedicated to “Cathi” who worked on this trail, before succumbing to cancer. You’ll see a brightly-covered “Orange” mailbox where you may sign-in. There are numerous low-lying “cypress-knees” along the trail, which means that if you are not careful, you can trip over, or ding your toes, as I did while scouting out the trail. The footing in the hammock areas is mostly uneven due to the ground being disrupted by what looks like to be done by wild hogs. The trail was a bit damp when we scouted the trail, with a few low-lying muddy areas with standing water. Last year, we picked some wild citrus fruits on our adventure – both oranges and grapefruits.

By the way, if you get tired along the way, it is possible to leave the hike at the four mile mark, and take the local sandy roads back to the trailhead.

See you at Sam's Club on January 26 or at the trail head.

St Sebastian River State Park

St Sebastian River State Park

We will meet at the park entrance, then drive to the Storytelling Camp trail head.
The entire trail is in the open so please bring sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, water and a snack.
The hike will be 5 to 8 miles depending on your own skill level.

Monday Monthly FTA Indian River Chapter Meeting

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