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Incorporated in 1964, the Florida Trail Association (FTA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization that builds, maintains, protects, and promotes the 1,400 mile Florida Trail, one of only eight National Scenic Trails in the United States, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Our volunteers also build and maintain other trails on public lands, known as the Florida Trail System.

This Meetup site contains events and activities for two of 18 local FTA chapters: the Central Florida chapter and the Highlanders chapter. Together, we provide educational opportunities for people to learn to appreciate and to preserve the natural beauty of Florida, as well as recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, and kayaking.

Chartered in 1981, the Central Florida chapter is one of FTA’s largest chapters with more than 500 members. Our active members lead & participate in many activities, including the popular TGIF “after work” hikes, Historical Hikes in the Central Florida area, the Winter Wednesday Hike Series, and a variety of other hiking, biking, paddling, camping & trail maintenance activities. Each Thanksgiving we have a group camping event at a local state park or forest and each New Year’s we “retreat” to the Ocala National Forest for a fun-filled campout & celebration.

The Central Florida chapter maintains the Florida National Scenic Trail through Seminole Ranch WMA, C.H. Bronson State Forest, Chuluota Wilderness, Mills Creek Woodlands, Little Big Econ State Forest, Spring Hammock Preserve, Lower Wekiva River Reserve State Park & Seminole State Forest. Loop & side trails maintained include the Orlando Wetlands Trails, Wekiwa Springs State Park Trails, the Lower Wekiva Loop Trail in Seminole State Forest, the River Trail in C.H. Bronson State Forest, the Culpepper Spur Trail & the Kolokee Loop Trail in Little Big Econ State Forest.

The Highlanders chapter offers educational seminars and recreational events throughout the region. We participate in the January Chili Party; Big O Hike; Winter Wednesday Hikes; Black Bear Festival in Umatilla, our Gateway Community; and July and August Picnics. Many hiking and kayaking events are also planned by members and published in the Highlanders Newsletter.

The Highlanders chapter maintains 56 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail in the Ocala South Section in the National Forest, as well as the Cassia Section including the north part of Seminole State Forest, Royal Trails segment, and LaNoChe Boy Scout Camp segment. We are also responsible for the Croom Hiking Trail running from Hog Island to River Junction in Withlacoochee State Forest in south Sumter County. We also maintain one loop trail, the Daubenmire Trail in Flat Island Preserve, in Leesburg.

We depend on your paid membership in the FTA and your generous donations for trail maintenance funds click HERE (http://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/) to join

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Trail Maintenance - Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Join the trail crew for a day of trail maintenance to get our trails cleared, safe & ready for the winter hiking season. Safety equipment & tools will be furnished (personal gloves & tools optional). Long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy boots are recommended for all participants & are required for power equipment operators. Also, bring lunch, water. bug spray & sunscreen. Contact leader for more information.Rachael Augspurg[masked] cell[masked] [masked]

Highlanders Chapter Monthly Meeting

Leesburg Public Library

Leesburg Public Library, 100 E Main Street. Google Map[masked] [masked] Use the entrance on Main Street. Meeting room just inside the entrance to the library. We are meeting on the third Thursday's throughout this year due to new library schedule and one hour earlier at 5:00 PM. We meet at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library. Meeting starts at 5:00 PM. Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share. Open to the Public. Program: Scot Bisping,Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will discuss the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Central Florida Chapter Monthly Meeting - Movie Night

Harry P Leu Gardens

October is Movie Night (with popcorn!) = The Promise of the Wekiva, Florida’s Lost Empire, and Florida Everglades: A Canoe Adventure. Get to know your fellow FTA members, with guests always welcome. The meeting will begin at 6:30 with a social period followed by short announcements at 7:00 pm. Snack foods and beverages are appreciated. Don't forget to bring your aluminum cans for recycling and a flashlight for finding your car after dark! As always, the public is invited.

Hike at Black Bear Wilderness Area ~ 4 miles

Black Bear Wilderness Area

Join us for this in and out hike where we will start to the right on the old railroad berm that leads along the creek. Here we can look for the 50 year old mama gator and maybe some baby and teen gators. After one mile we will reach the St. John's and hike another mile right along the river to the disused canoe launch where we can pull out our drinks and a snack. Mostly shade. This hike is rated moderate due to uneven terrain, multiple tree roots and gopher tortoise holes. Public is invited. Bring water, snack, sturdy shoes and bug spray. For more information, contact leader: Pamela Swanson [masked] [masked]

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Clay Island Hike ~ 5 miles

Clay Island Trailhead

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