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Please come on this 6 to 6 1/2 mile hike. We'll meet at the kiosk in the parking lot. If you like bird watching come at 7:00 AM to spot some water birds. You'll be on your own for that first hour. We will leave the parking area at 8 am. Please email me for details and driving directions.
Trail Work- Meet at 8 AM at the pavilion at Starvation Slough at the end of paved Micco Bluff Road, Okeechobee at 8am for work on No Name Slough. We need to move some downed trees, lop, mow and blaze. We will carpool closer to the work site. This is also a great opportunity to view the amazing fence relocation by the Dean Prescott family that makes it possible for us to bring our equipment into this remote and difficult location. Please wear appropriate clothing for trail work, including closed toe shoes and sun protection. Wear gloves and bring long handled loppers. Bring a bag lunch and lots of water.
Join us to hike 50 miles from Olustee Creek Campsite to White Springs on the Florida National Scenic Trail. Limited to 5 Florida Trail Association members. Must have prior backpacking experience. Please contact Louise Cuhna for additional details: [masked] or call[masked]
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground
Come hike a new Ididahike section of the Florida National Scenic Trail along the historic and beautiful Suwannee River. Register for the hike between 8:00AM and 11:00AM. Last year the Ididahike donated $5000 to the Florida Trail and this coming year we are bringing the wildly successful event to a new and exciting location Spirit of the Suwannee Campground and Music Park. Participants will pay $20 and register at the main gate of Spirit of the Suwannee Campground and Music Park to be shuttled via bus to Jerry Branch a Suwannee River Water Management access point to the river and trail. The Ididahike is approximately 11 miles with first aid and take out stations to be announced. This time of year dogwoods, wild Azaleas, fringe flowers and many others will be in full bloom. The hike passes High above Jerry Branch, passes Disappearing Creek a beautiful clear creek that cuts a narrow canyon which cascades into a 25 foot wall of rock and disappears. Continuing on hikers cross Crooked branch then climbs on high to the highest bluff on the Suwannee River. From this perch you may look out over the top of the trees on the opposite bank and peer down on the historic Suwannee below. Hiking down river, the trail passes numerous rock outcrops 20 and 30 feet above the river along with beautiful white sandbars offering great places to take a break. Near the end of the hike participants will cross the Suwannee on the old 129 Truss bridge and have the option to visit the ruins of the historic Suwannee mineral Spring before they finish. For those of you that are not familiar with the Spirit of the Suwannee here is a link https://www.musicliveshere.com The park is famous for numerous outdoor music festivals and borders the Suwannee River with many hiking trails as well as access to the Florida National Scenic Trail, Florida's equivalent to the famous Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Many of the North Florida Trailblazers FT chapter will be camping and RVing at the park Thursday thru Monday to set up and run this event so we invite all hikers and campers to come out and make the Ididahike a part of a weekend or long weekend. The Trailblazer will also organize short day hikes on Friday and Sunday for those interested. Please come join us on Friday night for a FTA group campfire. Spirit of the Suwannee offers a wide range of accommodations including 600 improved campsites, comfortable cabins, live music Friday and Saturday, a fully stocked bar and restaurant. Please call Carol Walker at Spirit of the Suwannee for a 10% discount for camping accommodations.