What we're about

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/.

Upcoming events (5+)

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

Bull Creek Fall Maintenance Day 1 (Friday - 10/25)

Each year there is one weekend (10/25-10/27) in the fall when the deer hunting is on hold in Bull Creek. We use this weekend to get as much trail maintenance done as possible. Some of us will be camping at the Bull Creek hunters campground while others will drive in for the day. Some of our hunting friends have trailers, covered areas, trucks, etc., which make us more comfortable and more productive. There is no charge for camping. If you have a camper you are welcome to bring it but there are no hookups. There will be a lot of mowing, lopping, and possibly some clearing of blow down depending on how many hurricanes we have. You are welcome to come out for a few hours or all three days. We are going to do this one as a state event so we will be getting some food from the trail association. If you want to be the camp cook please feel welcome to come out and help feed us. When doing maintenance, please wear long pants, hard hats, glasses, and gloves. If you are camping you will need to bring typical camping gear. Some people like to use bug repellant. Details will soon be posted on the state Florida Trail website. If you have questions, please contact me,[masked] or at [masked].

Bull Creek Fall Maintenance Day 2 (Saturday 10/26)

Bull Creek Check Station

Each year there is one weekend (10/25-10/27) in the fall when the deer hunting is on hold in Bull Creek. We use this weekend to get as much trail maintenance done as possible. Some of us will be camping at the Bull Creek hunters campground while others will drive in for the day. Some of our hunting friends have trailers, covered areas, trucks, etc., which make us more comfortable and more productive. There is no charge for camping. If you have a camper you are welcome to bring it but there are no hookups. There will be a lot of mowing, lopping, and possibly some clearing of blow down depending on how many hurricanes we have. You are welcome to come out for a few hours or all three days. We are going to do this one as a state event so we will be getting some food from the trail association. If you want to be the camp cook please feel welcome to come out and help feed us. When doing maintenance, please wear long pants, hard hats, glasses, and gloves. If you are camping you will need to bring typical camping gear. Some people like to use bug repellant. Details will soon be posted on the state Florida Trail website. If you have questions, please contact me,[masked] or at [masked].

Bull Creek Fall Maintenance Day 3 (Sunday 10/27)

Bull Creek Check Station

Each year there is one weekend (10/25-10/27) in the fall when the deer hunting is on hold in Bull Creek. We use this weekend to get as much trail maintenance done as possible. Some of us will be camping at the Bull Creek hunters campground while others will drive in for the day. Some of our hunting friends have trailers, covered areas, trucks, etc., which make us more comfortable and more productive. There is no charge for camping. If you have a camper you are welcome to bring it but there are no hookups. There will be a lot of mowing, lopping, and possibly some clearing of blow down depending on how many hurricanes we have. You are welcome to come out for a few hours or all three days. We are going to do this one as a state event so we will be getting some food from the trail association. If you want to be the camp cook please feel welcome to come out and help feed us. When doing maintenance, please wear long pants, hard hats, glasses, and gloves. If you are camping you will need to bring typical camping gear. Some people like to use bug repellant. Details will soon be posted on the state Florida Trail website. If you have questions, please contact me,[masked] or at [masked].

Past events (976)

Full Moon Sunset hike.

Front Street Park

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