Past Meetup

Hike and Paddle in the Hinson Park on National Trails Day

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Winn Dixie Parking Lot

HWY 77 · Lynn Haven, FL

How to find us

Our trailhead is in the Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area, located on SR 73 about one mile S of Marianna.

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Join the Panhandle Chapter and our friends from Marianna for a hike on National Trails Day, on the new Hinson Trail in the Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area (HCRA). We will also visit Alamo Cave and "the Ovens" (another cave, see photo), and paddle in the Chipola River.

During the month of April, the Florida Trail Association hosted an F-Troop event to build the new trail FTA Staff, members of the Panhandle Chapter, members from other FTA Chapters, and volunteers from the Marianna area contributed over 600 hours of work to build this beautiful trail along the bluffs of the Chipola River. The City of Marianna plans to host a grand opening event in September (details to come).

You may meet us to carpool from the Winn Dixie in Lynn Haven at 8:00 am, or you can meet us at Hinson about 9:15 am.

Directions to HCRA: From Panama City, head North on 231. Turn right at the "Marianna cutoff" (Hwy 167), about 6 miles north of SR 20. At the end of 167 at you near Marianna, turn right and go under I-10 until you reach Hwy 90 in Marianna, and turn right. Continue east into the downtown area and turn right again (south) on Jefferson St, which is SR 73. Proceed south on SR 73 one mile and turn left into Hinson at the red sign. The entrance road is Gator Hole Ln. Continue about a mile to the end of Gator Hole Ln to the River and park.

There is no limit of hikers for this activity. Both FTA members and non-members are welcome. Pets are allowed, but must be on a 6-ft leash at all times, and picked up after.

Bring bug spray, water, lunch, proper walking shoes and socks (in case of poison ivy), and a flashlight for the Ovens cave. If you wish to wade or paddle in the River, bring water shoes, a bathing suit or change of clothes, a towel, and a canoe or kayak with paddles and life jackes.

For further information, contact the Activity Leader, Ron Peterson

Watch the video of Hinson

I have 3 of the brand new National Trail Days shirts for sale. I have 2 in size Large and one in size XL. They are $14.95 each. Email me if you want one. [masked] Click on this link to see them.

We also have our new Florida Trail Panhandle Chapter shirts still available. They are selling quick. If you still want one, email Ron.

Bring your dog and receive the new Milk-bone Trailmix sponsored by Milk-Bone.

Kids will receive free stickers and temp. tattoos.