Volunteer Work Party

October 25-31, 2019

Rodman Dam, North Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance

Black Bear Chapter

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Join the Black Bear Chapter as they host their first Volunteer Work Party of the maintenance season!

Camping is provided at the OHV center in the Ocala National Forest and work will be done from Rodman Dam heading south. The OHV Center campground features a large group area with full restroom facilities. The campground also includes ample parking and a gated area with picnic benches and a covered pavilion.

Nearby, volunteers can visit the iconic 88 store – a country bar and restaurant that is a warm home to hikers, motorcycle enthusiasts, sportsmen and locals alike. Here volunteers can enjoy a cold drink and enjoy the lively scene. This bar is a major resupply point and a trail magic mecca. The 88 store features a geo-cache (try to find it!), a dog kennel, a small coin-operated laundry room and a large front porch that features an odd-assortment of chairs, tables and couches.

The Florida Trail through this section is characterized by tall long-leaf pine forests, palmetto undergrowth and sprawling Sandhill communities. Florida black bear sightings are most common along this segment, as are Florida scrub-jays which thrive in this type of environment.

We will do routine trail maintenance on the FT starting at Rodman Dam and working south. The Florida Trail Association will provide tools, PPE and food for the project and volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping gear, day pack to carry lunch, water bottles, and other personal items. There are no RV hookups at the OHV Center.

Hiking boots (description below) and long pants are required. Long-sleeve t-shirts are recommended.

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew and have fun!


Name: OHV Center

Address: US Forest Service OHV Campground on FR 11 in the Ocala National Forest
Fort McCoy State: FL Zip code: 32134
County: Marion County
Map: OHV Map

Type: Front-country car camping and RV camping (Class B or C, no hook-ups available)
GPS: Latitude – 29°23’58.17″N // Longitude – 81°48’23.81″W

Driving Directions:
1. From the intersection of Rt. 19 and Rt. 316 at Salt Springs: Go west on Rt. 316 for 6.2 miles to FR 11.
2. Then go north on FR 11 for 2 ½ miles to OHV camp on the right.


Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Camping: Yes
RV Hookups: No

Camp Notes: Gated Area w/ Picnic Benches and a Covered Pavilion

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Eastern Corridor, Ocala National Forest
Maintenance Unit: Rodman Dam

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 3:00 PM

Minimum Age: 14 years old (*Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Legal Guardian. These individuals must also complete a Youth Waiver Form)
Max Group Size: 20 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate activities. Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on their individual comfort level and technical proficiency.

Restrictions: Only US Forest Service certified sawyers will be allowed to operate chainsaws on the Florida Trail.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Work Party.

Breakfast: Yes – @ 7:00 AM
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks)
Dinner: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM

When registering, volunteers may indicate dietary needs and/or preferences, as well as known food allergies. If we are unable to honor your request, we’ll contact you so that you can provide your own meals. In most cases, we are able to accommodate special meal requests.

Questions About Registration
Registration Contact: Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, VanT@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Chapter: Black Bear
Project Contact: Bill Taylor, 386-774-0734, ljtaylor5@earthlink.net

To register for this Volunteer Work Party please click the link below.

Registrations are first-come, first served by date time stamp. You will receive an email confirmation within 72 hours. The FTA reserves a 10-person wait list, and will notify individuals on the wait list within two (2) weeks of the project date. Volunteers may be contacted the week of the event to fill open volunteer registrations.


This list is not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

One large backpack for all your personal items
One day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items
Pack cover (rain gear)

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs

Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils

Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs, thorny plants)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
Rain Jacket or Poncho

One pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One pair of Camp Shoes (closed-toed)

*Note: Hiking boots can be either trail runners or traditional hiking boots (ankle-support preferred). No tennis shoes or sandals.

Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Small lighter in waterproof container or plastic bag (optional)

Two 32-ounce water bottles
OR One 2-Liter hydration bladder bag (preferred)

*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day. This is your personal responsibility.

Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, base-ball hat or other sun-shielding hat

DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Head net

Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, toothbrush, etc.), Toilet Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel

Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

Safety Whistle

Trekking Poles
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
Packable Lantern
Notebook and Pen
Book (for camp!)
Camera and Memory Cards
A Smile and Sense of Adventure!

At this Volunteer Work Party the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services.

Experienced Crew Leaders
Appearances by FTA Regional Representatives

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection

Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, Etc.)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Water, Etc.)


Power will be available at this Volunteer Work Party

This event is hosted at a front-country campground with full restroom facilities


Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!