National Public Lands Day Work Party

September 27-29, 2019

Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance
In celebration of National Public Lands Day

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In honor of National Public Lands Day on September 28, join the Florida Trail Association and REI for a weekend of trail maintenance on the treasured Florida Trail! We will be camping in and maintaining the Western Corridor of the Ocala National Forest. The Western Corridor is a beautiful section of trail that is very different from the more often used Eastern side of the forest. It showcases a jungle of vibrant growth along small streams and tributaries where pine plantations are reverting back to wild, wet flatwoods. Earlier this year, the FTA  put in a mammoth effort to replace aging puncheon infrastructure. The focus now is to maintain the trail up to standard.

We will be using mechanical tools like mowers and brushcutters for this project as well as hand tools including loppers and hand saws. All personal protective equipment (PPE), tools and training will be provided by the FTA.

What better way to celebrate our National Public Lands than by enjoying a fun weekend of trail work and camping? Join us in giving back to our statewide national scenic trail!


Name: Lake Shore Campground
Address: 8340 NE 147th Avenue Rd.
Silver Springs State: FL Zipcode: 34488

Type: Front-country car camping (No RV Hookups)

We will have a large group campsite at Lake Shore Campground along the north shore of Fore Lake in western Ocala National Forest.  This is a gorgeous campsite with a large fire ring and a great view of sunsets over the water. Bring a kayak or canoe for paddling in Fore Lake after each work day!

Tent camping will be available with full facility bathrooms.  There will be electrical outlets in the kitchen/picnic pavilion for charging cell phones and the like but none available near the tents.

Driving Directions:
Google Maps Directions

Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Camping: Yes but no hookups

We will maintain to standard the Florida Trail on the Western Corridor of the Ocala National Forest.  This is a beautiful section of trail that is very different from the more often used Eastern side of the forest.  We will rely heavily on mechanical tools like mowers, chainsaws, brushcutters, and hedge trimmers for this project.

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Western Corridor, Ocala National Forest

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 Miles

Coffee 6:30 AM/Breakfast 7:00 AM – Lunch prepared in AM and eaten at worksite
Work starts: 8:30 AM
Work ends: 3:00 PM
Dinner 6:00 PM

Friday (9/27): Arrive after 4:00 PM (No Work) This is not a work day, but rather a day to set up your camp and enjoy a first meal with the crew and prepare for the work ahead. (Dinner served only)

Saturday (9/28): If not camping, arrive at the Lake Shore campsite by 8:30 AM for work detail. Work will begin at 8AM and will end by 3PM. (All meals provided)

Sunday  (9/29): Work begins as 8:30 AM and ends by approx. 3:00 PM (Breakfast and packable lunch provided). Pack up camp and return home by 4:00 PM.

Minimum Age: 18
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.

Meals will be provided from Friday (9/27) Dinner to Sunday (9/29) lunch

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,

Questions About the Project
Project Contact: Jeff Glenn, (352) 514-1455,

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


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 ground tarp (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 Buff
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
Rain Jacket or Poncho
Comfortable change of clothes for camping in

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-Three 32-ounce water bottles
OR One 2 to 3-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

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

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Chainsaw Chaps

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

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (provided by REI)
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!