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Melon Hike, 7-8 miles
Renewing the Melon Hike (trademark by Linda Dawson). Pace: Right Lane Pace (22+/- minutes per mile.) Wait at roads for group. Route: Hiking trails and forest roads. What to bring: chair for post hike watermelon feast. Sunscreen, insect repellent, snack, sandwich, 16 oz of water for each 1/2 hour (thus, 2 quarts of water), poncho. Also bring a I-want-to-be-here-with-this-oppressive heat-humidity-mosquitoes-ticks-clothes drenched-shoes drenched attitude. RSVP open Saturday June 23 @ 8:00 a.m.

Croom Forest intersect FNST/Croom Rital Rd, 200 yards west of Nobleton Rd

intersection of FNST and Croom Rital Rd, 200 yards west of Nobleton Rd · Brooksville, fl

Respond by: 7/14/2018

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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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