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Hike to Support Trails – I Did A Hike 2018

Feb. 24, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

The North Florida Trailblazers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association is sponsoring, I Did A Hike,  a fund-raising hike along the Florida National Scenic Trail on February 24, 2018 near Keystone Heights.  The on-site registration fee of $20 supports the efforts of the Florida Trail Association to build and maintain public hiking trails throughout Florida.  Registration does not include State Park entrance fee of $5 per carload for up to 8 people.

Registration for the event runs from 8 am to 10 am at the Recreation Building across from the picnic area in Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park on State 21 just north of Keystone Heights. Shuttle rides will be provided for registered participants to the starting point on Camp Blanding Military Reservation and hikers will walk back to their vehicles. The route of the 2018 event runs for 10.8 miles.  Sag wagons will be provided at the 3.7, 5.9 and 7.8 mile points.

The hike through Camp Blanding and Gold Head is through one of Florida’s most beautiful sandhill communities.  Along the way you may see gopher tortoises, whitetail deer, fox squirrels, and pileated woodpeckers. If you are real lucky you may get a chance to see one of the largest Indigo snakes ever spotted in Florida. The hike passes by some of the most pristine spring fed lakes in Florida, follows along two ravines, and gives you a chance to view the results of prescribed burning.

All hikers must register before hiking and sign back in upon their return. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch if you like. Enjoy the great outdoors on a supported hike for just a $20 registration fee and support the Florida Trail Association. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a continuous hiking trail covering approximately 1300 miles through the state of Florida, starting in Big Cypress National Preserve between Miami and Naples and continuing to Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola Beach.

Email: ididahike@gmail.com or call 352-258-3058 for more information.