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Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State ParkMonday, February 5, 2018 - 9:00am EST to Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:00am EST
Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 per person for bicyclists and visitors walking into the park on foot apply. There are no additional fees for these guided programs.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
Take a leisurely walk with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth as they explore park nature trails, observe birds, spot reptiles and discover what’s blooming. These two self-taught naturalists actively scout trails in advance of their hikes and keep track of the areas where birds and other wildlife are likely to be found. Winter migratory birds are now being sighted in addition to woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, and water birds. Alligators, snakes, and otters are sometimes seen.
February walks include the following:
Fern Garden Trail-February 5
Wild Orange Trail-February 12
Young Hammock-February 19
Richard Lieber Memorial Trail-February 26
Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks, hardwood swamps and an area that has undergone succession from a pine flatwood to a broad-leafed “ young” hammock due to a lack of fire and learn about their associated flora and fauna. All of the trails are located on the Loop Road.
Meet at the trailhead parking areas shortly before 9 am. Hikes take approximately one hour to 90 minutes. Degree of difficulty of the walks range from easy to moderate. Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants and protective clothing. Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks. Walking sticks are helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are welcome.
The Monday Morning Nature Walks will continue through the end of March. Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.
Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions. Visitors are advised to check at the Ranger Station before preceding to the trails. There are no restroom facilities along the Loop Road, so visitors are advised to stop at the restroom in the picnic area prior to the hike. Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please see the EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS
I Did A Hike 2018 @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:00am EST
On-site registration fee is $20
Park entry fee is $5 per vehicle (up to eight individuals per vehicle)
Email: email@example.com or call 352-258-3058 for more information
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 Rd. 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. For more detail, view the participant requirements.
The Yearling Trail Walk - EVENT CANCELLED @ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm EST
There are no direct fees for the guided walk, but you must make a reservation by February 19th.
Since the group will end up near Silver Glen Springs, you may bring and eat a brown-bag lunch at that location. Entrance to the springs is $5.50.
MKRHSP Farmhouse (352) 466-3672
EVENT CANCELLED - IN COMPLIANCE WITH A TEMPORARY EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER FOR JUNIPER PRAIRIE WILDERNESS IN THE OCALA NATIONAL FOREST, USE OF THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED TO VISITORS. DUE TO INCREASED BEAR ACTIVITY, THIS CLOSURE ORDER HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH. THE EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
"The end of the world, he thought, might be like the sinkhole...empty and dark, with only clouds to ride on." Walk into Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' journey on the Yearling Trail in the Ocala National Forest, guided by Anne Pierce of The Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc., who will be your guide, and who will read passages from The Yearling and tell the story of the Long Family in the Big Scrub.
Meet Anne at the Rawlings County Park parking lot (adjacent to state park on CR 325 in Cross Creek) at 8:15AM to carpool to the trail. If you live closer to the trail, you may meet her at the Silver Glen Springs parking lot at 9:30 AM.
For reservations, please call the state park's farmhouse number above by Monday, February 19th, leaving your name, a contact number, and the number of people in your party, and indicate which meeting place you will be using. You may not bring pets, and the trip is unsuitable for children younger than 12 years of age. (See "participation requirements" for additonal information.)
Anne also plans to walk the "boils" trail (approximately 1 mile) with another reading from the Yearling. Though this is an optional portion of the trip, it is an opportunity to enjoy your picnic lunch and even a swim, weather permitting.
Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
Program free with paid Park Admission.
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4 for a single occupant vehicle.
$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420
Spend the morning with a Ranger!!! Come enjoy a morning discussing various topics with a Park Ranger. Topics may range from Manatee’s in the spring to ecological fires in the forest.
Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Park Services Specialist Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286
Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities. Search for signs of spring like the crimson seeds of the red maple or the white blossoms of Walter's viburnum. Glean tidbits of park history and observe the nuances of nature with the aid of your guide. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge prior to the walk.
Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.
Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.