Come join the Western Gate Chapter (Florida Trail Association) for its 3-day Panhandle Trace hiking/camping event to explore the northern part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. This event is open to everyone and you may RSVP for only one day or each of the three days of hiking. (Note: Please RSVP on this Meetup for each specific day you plan to hike.)
Day One: we will meet at the Harold Store to sign everyone in and then shuttle to the hike's starting point on Nichols Creek Road. This 7-mile hike will lead through lush woodlands and wetlands, with wild azalea and other springtime shrubs and flowers making their early appearance, arriving back at the Harold Store and your car.
This event is free, though donations will be gladly accepted!
Participants should bring plenty of water (recommend 64 oz minimum), light lunch or snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. Closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots are a must and a hat, sunglasses and hiking poles are recommended. You may wish to also bring binoculars and a camera to enhance your experience on the trail.
There will be one or more “support stations” along the trail should someone decide they are finished with the hike and want to return to their car or need some minor first-aid assistance. Typically, these will be at 3 – 5 – or 7 mile intervals depending on availability of road crossings.
If you plan to camp, reservations must be made through Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/ Blackwater River State Park is where our Chapter camp host will be camping and some events may be available there during the evenings. There are other camping options as well as motel options in the area.
For additional information, contact Helen Wigersma ([masked]