Come join the Western Gate Chapter (Florida Trail Association) for its second 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 Hurricane Lake North Campground to sign everyone in and then shuttle to the hike's starting point on Beaver Creek Road. This hike may be done as either an 8.2-mile hike or as a 6.4 mile hike. The 8.2 hike will lead past a large pitcher plant bog, though pitcher plants appear in multiple places along this trail. Hilly terrain complements the beauty of the small creeks and streams over which the trail winds. The first view of Hurricane Lake seen toward the end of this hike is particularly lovely. Springtime shrubs and flowers should be providing a nice show - great for photographers! The hike ends at Hurricane Lake where your car waits.
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/ The Hurricane Lake North Campground in Blackwater River State Forest 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])