Volunteer Work Party

November 17-21, 2019

Town of KICCO Trail Maintenance
Heartland Chapter

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Camp in a ghost town with the Heartland Chapter!

KICCO camp was a company town for the Kissimmee Island Cattle Company. The company operated from 1915 to 1920 and was a key port town on the Kissimmee River. At one time there were many homes, a bunkhouse, a mess hall, a company store, an ice house, a school and a steam boat landing. Today, sidewalks and foundations are all that remain. The surrounding landscapes are representative of the tall grasslands of Central Florida and the campsite itself is nestled in an active dude ranch. Come join our trail maintainers to blaze, mow and cut back vegetation on the Florida Trail. Be prepared for hard work, good food and campfire stories!

We will be working from Three Lakes WMA to the S65-A Lock. We will be lopping, mowing and blazing approximately 10 miles of trail. We will also be cutting a new section of trail to remove 1 mile of road walk. You must bring your own camping equipment. We will provide food for the work week as well as all PPE.

Arrive on Sunday between noon and 5PM to help setup base camp and learn what we will be doing for Monday – Wednesday. Work will begin @ 8AM Monday. We will break camp by noon on Thursday.

[Note: This is a primitive campsite with a porta-potty at the Town of KICCO Campground. Potable water will be provided in jugs. Breakfast will be provided on Friday. Volunteer crews will tear down the basecamp on Wednesday morning.]

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: Town of KICCO Campground

Address: 3200 River Ranch Blvd
 River Ranch State: FL Zipcode: 33867
County: Polk County

Type: Back-country car camping


Driving Directions:
From Lake Wales Take Hwy 60 E approximately 25 miles to Westgate River Ranch Resort. Turn RT onto River Ranch Blvd and travel approximately 3 miles. Drive into the resort and turn right onto KICCO Grade Rd (immediately past the cabins/Teepees). Follow KICCO Grade Rd approximately 1 mile to the trailhead and entrance gate. Town of KICCO Campground is 10 miles south from the entrance gate.

From Yeehaw Junction, take Hwy 60 W approximately 20 miles to Westgate River Ranch Resort. Follow directions above to get to KICCO WMA.

Bathroom: Yes (Porta-Potty)
Shower: No
Potable Water: No (Water Provided By FTA)
Power: No
RV Hookups: No RVs Allowed

Camp Notes: Remote back-country Volunteer Work Party

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Town of KICCO
Maintenance Unit: Town of KICCO

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

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Youth Allowed (Under 18): No
Max Group Size: 15 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Easy 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
FTA Staff: Community Outreach Manager
Registration Contact:
Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, vant@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Chapter: Heartland
Project Contact: David Waldrop, (863) 605-3587, david_lwfl@yahoo.com

To register for this Volunteer Work Party please click the link below, and complete the linked Florida Trail Association form.

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.)


A port-a-potty will be available at the backcountry campground. 


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