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I-Did-a-Hike previewed at business association meeting

2016-02-08 14.14.20

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS —  Janie Hamilton of the Florida Trail Association previewed the Eighth Annual I Did a Hike event to the Keystone Lake Region Business Association earlier this month.

The March 12 event starts with a shuttle ride to the starting point located on Camp Blanding Military Reservation. The hike through Camp Blanding is 5.9 miles and then crosses S.R. 21 into Gold Head Branch State Park for an additional 4.9 miles.

Along the way participants may see gopher tortoises, whitetail deer, fox squirrels, pileated woodpeckers and various other birds.

The hike passes by some of the most pristine spring fed lakes in Florida, follows along two ravines and gives hikers a chance to view the results of prescribed burning.

The entire trek is 10.8 miles with take-out points at 3.7, 5.9 and 7.8 miles. Sag wagons will be available at the take out points.

Sign in begins at 8 a.m. and will continue until 10 in the recreation building located across from the picnic area of Gold Head State Park.

All hikers must register before hiking and sign back in upon their return. They should wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch.

No pets are allowed. Tickets are $20 per person, and the ticket does not include the State Park entrance fee of $5 per carload for up to 8 people. Proceeds from the event go to support the Florida Trail Association.

The Florida National Scenic Trail is a continuous hiking trail covering approximately 1400 miles through the State of Florida, starting in Big Cypress National Preserve between Miami and Naples and continuing up into the panhandle to Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola Beach.

For more information about the event, email: ididahike@gmail.com or call 352-258-3058.

 

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