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31st Real Florida 5K-10K Run and Fun Walk @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 7:00am EST

5K and walk (until Jan. 31): $25.00

5K and walk (Feb. 1 to Feb. 24): $35.00

5K and walk (day of event): $40.00

10K (until Jan. 31): $35.00

10K (Feb. 1 to Feb. 23): $45.00

10K (day of event): $50.00

More Information:
407-884-2009

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Join us for our 31st Annual Real Florida 5K-10K Runs on Saturday, February 24, 2018. This is the only race in the area that is run within a state park and almost all off road. Every finisher gets a medal and commemorative t-shirt and prizes for first place male and female runners in the 5K and 10K races. Wekiva Wilderness Trust also welcomes walkers in either event. Join us, have fun and help contribute to a great cause. All proceeds from the race go to fund projects in the park.

Additional Information:

Sponsored by the Wekiva Wilderness Trust.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Races begin at 8:30 a.m. For registration click here.

Participation Requirements

I Did A Hike 2018 @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Saturday, 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)

More Information:
Email: ididahike@gmail.com or call 352-258-3058 for more information

Located in the Northeast region at:
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
6239 State Road 21
Keystone Heights, FL 32656

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.

 

Additional Information:

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 Park

Saturday, 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.

More Information:
MKRHSP Farmhouse (352) 466-3672

Located in the Northeast region at:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325
Cross Creek, FL 32640

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.

Additional Information:

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.

Participation Requirements

 

Monthly Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:30am EST

There is no charge to participate in the bird walk.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge, (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus County Ausdubon take birders on the guided walk. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. This leisurely-paced walk is on a fully accessible (paved) trail that winds through a hydric hammock along Pepper Creek. Please call the park office to register, (352) 628-5343.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Tropical Hardwood Forest Nature Walk @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person.

More Information:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, (305) 451-1202

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
County Road 905, Mile Marker 106
Key Largo, FL 33037

Join Native Nursery Volunteer Jenny Doyle for an informative and enjoyable walk through a tropical hardwood hammock. Jenny will focus the walk on forest habitat hurricane survival, following Hurricane Irma's visit to the park last September. The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person. Long sleeves and pants and insect repellent are suggested. Limited to 15 participants. Meet at the park's main entrance (former Port Bougainville archway), 1/2 mile north of the point where U.S. Highway 1 and County Road 905 converge.

Additional Information:

The walk is conducted on both asphalt and unpaved trails. Participants may choose to stop at any point and easily return to the entrance.

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