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Camping/Hiking/Padd­­ling/Cycling/F­ishin­g/Food & Chap Business Mtg!
Our fall chapter business meeting, and get together will be the weekend of September 21-23, 2018 at Silver Lake Recreation Area. As usual, we will on plan using Cypress Glen Campground as our base camp, and central campfire location. Reservations must be made via ReserveAmerica. There are three non reserveable walk up sites. There is a limit of 8 persons, two vehicles, and two tents per site. You can of course, camp at either of the other two campgrounds at Silver Lake Rec. Area. Those other are: Silver Lake Campground, and Crooked River. Since State Forestry partnered with ReserveAmerica, they have experienced a tremendous increase in campground utilization. Previously, many sites were left unoccupied, even on prime weekends. Please remember to put a copy of your reservation on your dashboard. If site sharing, make sure your camp mate has copy for their car. Those coming just for Saturday pay a $2.00 day use fee at the self service kiosk at the pavilion. Scheduled hikes and other activities will originate from and/or be held at the pavilion in the Silver Lake day use area on Saturday Sept 22nd. Lili Kaufman will lead the traditional 7.5 mile linear hike along the River Trail from Ridge Manor back to Silver Lake. This will involve shuttling some cars. Meet at pavilion to coordinate shuttles. FTA Activitiy Leaders, please feel free to organize and post group biking, paddling, We are right on the paved Withlacoochee State Trail. Silver Lake is a very popular fishing spot as well. Lunch and Chapter meeting around 1:00 pm at the same pavilion. Brats and dogs for lunch, please bring a dish to pass for potluck lunch. $3.00 donation requested for lunch. Traditional Sunday morning breakfast, please bring a breakfast item to share or FTA donation

Silver Lake Recreation Area

31472 Silver Lake Rd, Brooksville, FL 34602 · Brooksville, FL


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This group is designed for people who love to get outdoors to hike, backpack, paddle, and give back by way of volunteer trail maintenance.

Joining this Meetup does not constitute membership in the FTA and unless specifically mentioned, you are not required to hold an FTA membership to participate. Events which are FTA Members Only will be clearly indicated.

The Suncoast Chapter serves over 500 FTA members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. We maintain The Florida National Scenic Trail between US 98 north of Lakeland and Hernando.

Within these boundaries we also maintain a section of the Florida Trail Western Corridor which encompasses the Citrus, Croom, Richloam Tracts within Withlacoochee State Forest, and Green Swamp West, as well as popular loop trails within these tracts. (

Trail systems that we also are responsible for include Hillsborough River State Park, Little Manatee State Park, Myakka River State Park, Potts Preserve, Upper Hillsborough WMA, Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, and Withlacoochee River Park.

Our chapter regularly maintains over 200 miles of trail and offers recreational and volunteer work events throughout the region.

We work in cooperation with the US Forest Service, State Forest Service, SWFWMD, DEP, and other land managers to keep the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Western Corridor, and designated side trails open for recreational use.

We sponsor many events on non FTA designated land tracts, trail systems and waterways.


Certain risks are inherent in any Florida Trail Association, Inc (the "Association") activity. Each Association member, guest, or non-member participant agrees to accept personal responsibility for his or her safety, and the safety of minors accompanying such persons.

The Association cannot ensure the safety of any participants on hikes or activities. In participating in Association activities, each such person agrees to hold harmless and free from blame the Activity Leader(s) and the Association, its officers, directors, and members, for any accident, injury, or illness which might be sustained from participating in hikes or other Association activities. Neither the Association, Activity Leaders, nor land managers are in any way liable for any injury or illness I might sustain from participating in an Association activity.

By joining the Suncoast Chapter Meetup Group you are agreeing to the assumption of risk as stated above.


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