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Night Hike at Myakka State Park

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  • Join the FTA for a night hike in one of Florida’s largest and oldest state parks, Myakka River State Park.

    This 4-mile loop hike will take you through several of Florida’s diverse ecosystems such as pine flat woods, prairies and hardwood hammocks.

    The sun will be setting, so we will be looking and listening for the marvelous sights and sounds of dusk in the woods! Birds returning home to roost, crickets and frogs croaking and chirping, mystery animals calling in the distance. This will be a hike for all the senses, not just sight, so we will walk quietly. We will take a leisurely pace but avoid stopping so that the mosquitoes remain a minor nuisance.

    Since this is an FTA event, there is no admission fee into the park but there is a $5 per person suggested cash donation. One hundred percent of the donation goes to the FTA Suncoast Chapter for ongoing trail maintenance. This will be collected the night of the hike.

    Myakka River State Park is located 10 miles East of I-75 on SR 72 (exit 205), park entrance is on the left. We will be meeting at 6pm in the parking area just past the ranger station on the left.

    Minimum Age: 10 years (please use your best judgement)

    Here’s what to bring:

    Change of shoes for after the hike (in case of water on the trail)

    Drinking water in reusable bottle or hydration pack 
    Sturdy hiking shoes, preferably hiking boots 
    Pocket flashlight or headlamp (kept in pocket, for emergency use only) 
    Walking stick or hiking poles
    Bug spray recommended 
    Please apply bug spray before you join the group

    Please silence and put away cell phones.

    Please, no flash photography.

    If you have any questions, feel free to call or text me at (941)[masked] or email me at [masked]

    Upcoming Myakka SP Night Hikes:

    Saturday December 3rd 

    Saturday January 7th

    Saturday February 4th 

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  • WildBill

    Wow! did this get popular!!!

    1 · October 25

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  • Adam W.
    Trail Master Myakka River State Park, FTA Board of Directors,
    Event Host
  • Martin B.
    FTA Member

    My interests include hiking, cycling, kayaking, and tennis.

  • Frank

    hey y'all

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  • Effie D. +1
    FTA Member

    I love to hike and just get outdoors and away from sprawling suburbia whenever I can.... more

  • debbie M

    Hi! I'm Debbie and I live in Sarasota county for about 27 yrs. I love the outdoors on land and... more

  • Wes C
    FTA Section Leader, Croom to Citrus, Assistant Organizer

    I live in St Petersburg near Tyrone Mall. As a kayak camper, the gear I have made it easy to... more

  • Elizabeth P
    FTA Member

    I am amazed at the natural beauty of the Suncoast area, especially for hiking and backpacking.

  • jane

    Love nature and hiking. Can't. Wait to hike with likeminded people:)

  • Margot

    Love to hike.

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