January 01, 2015
FIRST DAY HIKE
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Date: Thursday, January 1, 2015. 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ring in the New Year with a refreshing journey of renewal: an invigorating winter hike along the Ichetucknee River! We will begin at the Ichetucknee Head Spring and follow its course adjacent the Trestle Point Trail. We will then traverse the park’s fabulous sandhills along the Pine Ridge Trail. This two-mile hike promises a wonderful variety of wildlife through a cross-section of the park’s major plant communities.
Sturdy hiking shoes and winter-appropriate clothing are highly recommended for this moderately easy hike in a nature trail setting. The first portion of the hike will be in a shaded hammock close to the river, and the second portion will be through an open, sunny, pinewoods.
Sunscreen and water will be useful to bring along. Pets are allowed on the trails on six-foot, hand-held leashes only. This ranger-led hike is open for all ages.
We will meet at the North Entrance, off County Road 238, at the Head Spring parking area. This special event is in coordination with America’s State Parks First Day Hikes celebration, promoting year-round recreation, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles.
Fees: Park entrance fee of $6.00 per vehicle ( up to 8 people), $4.00 for single occupant in a vehicle, $2.00 for extra passengers.
Contact: For more information, call 386-497-4690.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park is located four miles northwest of Fort White, off State Roads 47 and 238. From the south, take I-75 north to exit 399. Take US 441 north to the city of High Springs. Take US 27 north to Ft. White, stay on US 27 north approximately 4 miles to the South Park Entrance.
Dogs are only permitted on the Trestle Point and Pine Ridge Trails located at the North End.
Dogs are not permitted on the trails to the springs or river or in the springs or river.