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Join us for a hike on a series of three trails in the South Brevard beach area. Meet at the Sam's Club parking lot in Melbourne on Hwy 192 east of I-95 at 8:30 AM. We start at the 0.5 mile Barrier Island Trail across Hwy. A1A from the EEL Barrier Island Visitor Center, drive north to the 2.5 mile Maritime Hammock Trail and finish on the 0.75 mile Coconut Point Trail across from the Ponce DeLeon Park. The drive to the Barrier Island Center is about 35 miles so if you want to meet at the Barrier Island Center, we should be there at several minutes after nine, click on the map link below for directions. The trails are all tropical almost jungle trails so don't miss them, besides, they are the last scheduled hikes of the season until next season. As you know, it's been really dry this year so there are a few soft sandy spots on all of the trails but nothing worse that some of the other trails we have already done. We usually commandeer a pavilion at Ponce DeLeon Park for lunch so bring something for lunch if desired but also bring snacks and something to drink while on the trail. For more info, call 321>453>1586 Send e-mail to jescoffier at log onto for a trail map. A complete Wednesday Hike schedule is at Some thoughts from the trail, click on: Click on the photo link on top of this page for photos from the trail.

Sam's Discount Club

4255 W. New Haven Avenue · Melbourne, FL


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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

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