Calendar of Activities

The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Be prepared for the weather, insects, and sun protection. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader. Paddlers must have a USCG-approved life jacket for each person and a sound-producing (whistle/horn) device on board while on the water. Bicyclers under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Level: “L” Leisurely (1-2 mph walking pace), “M” Moderately difficult (2-3 mph walking pace), “S” Strenuous (3-4+ mph walking pace)

Unless indicated all activities are open to the public and please sign up at MeetUp.com to attend. Check our Meetup site for more details, dates, meeting locations/directions, and any last-minute announcements before starting out.

Please read the GUIDELINES FOR OUTING PARTICIPANTS before signing up for an activity. This will make for a better outing experience.

9-15-21 – Updated COVID-19 Operating Procedures – https://floridatrail.org/covid-19/

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May 1,  8:30 AM – Stroll & Sweat Sunday Morning Urban Walks  Lake Overstreet – Forest Meadows Trailhead – FTA Members Only. Fee to access state park is $2 or free with your state park pass. Many blisters ago we started weekly urban walks – Come at 8:30 am and be ready to hike the approx 5-mile loop trail at 8:40 AM sharp. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated.  We will attempt to maintain a steady pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Location: Forestmeadows Parks & Athletic Center (4750 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312). Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, (mailto:dawngriffinfta@gmail.com) or Andrea Fenn (603) 785-0021, leenh27@comcast.net – https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/285565878/

May 2,9,16,23  5:15 PM – A Walk in the Woods: Lafayette Heritage Trail Park (Piney Z) –  A Walk in the Woods is beneficial to one’s mental and physical health, particularly at the end the day. Join us in a moderate to strenuous walk through the woods (typically 3 to 4 miles/hour). This may be the trail to Tom Brown Park and back (approx. 4.0 miles), or the trail to Alford Greenway, Bill’s Trail and back (approx. 3.7 miles). We rest for a few minutes at the midway point. Dogs on a leash are welcome. **Meet:** At 5:15 near the restrooms. We start the hike at 5:30 pm sharp. **Bring: Expect heat, bring water. Wear shoes appropriate for rough trails. Bug repellent may be needed.  **Contact:** Howard 850-566-9613. – https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/285520032/

May 4,11,25  9:15 AM – Heart and Sole Urban Walk – Miccosukee Greenway – Come at 9:15 am and be ready to hike a 4-6 mile loop (2 -3 miles in and back) at 9:30 AM sharp. Bring snack if needed, water and hat and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated. Bring a chair/beverage for post hike cool down and visitation. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Location: Miccosukee Greenway, Crump Road Trailhead (4996 Crump Rd, Tallahassee) YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY ON MEETUP.COM TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, dawngriffinfta@gmail.com – https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/284573198/ 

May 8,  8:00 AM – TRAIL MAINTENANCE – We will be maintaining the Florida Trail in the western section, usually between the Ocholocknee River and the Apalachicola River.All tools and safety equipment will be provided, however if you have special tools of your own, feel free to bring them. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes and prepare to work in water at times. Bring lunch, snacks, bug repellent and sunscreen and plenty of water. All skill levels are welcome. Work involves blaze painting, lopping and mowing. We usually work 4 to 5 hours, depending on weather conditions. Should return to town early afternoon. Contact: Mike Tucker, (mailto:tuckems@hotmail.com), 850-545-3489**You must contact the trip leader for meeting place and time.** – https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/285518919/ 

May 10,  6:30 PM – CHAPTER MEETING/PROGRAM **IN-PERSON** Doors will open for meet and greet at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7:00. Watch for the FTA Event signs. The highlight of this section of the Appalachian Trail was of course Katahdin, Maine’ s tallest mountain, towering high above a forever sea of trees and ponds and no visible roads – https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/285151083/  

May 14, 8:30 AM – TRAIL MAINTENANCE – Leon Sinks Geological Area. please contact Elwood McElhaney (emcelhaney@embarqmail.com, 850-878-4389).

May 15,  8:15 AM – Stroll & Sweat Sunday Morning Urban Walks  – Lake Overstreet  – Forest Meadows Trailhead – FTA Members Only. Fee to access state park is $2 or free with your state park pass. Come at 8:15 am and be ready to hike the approx 5-mile loop trail at 8:30 AM sharp. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated. Bring a chair for post hike cool down and visitation with your new sweaty friends! We will attempt to maintain a steady pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mphttps://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/283265030/ h. Location: Forestmeadows Parks & Athletic Center (4750 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312). Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, (mailto:dawngriffinfta@gmail.com) – https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/285320796/  

May 18, 8:00 AM – May 18 – May 23 Backpacking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). FL Trail Members Only. (NP/M-S) Backpack the Hazel Creek Trail. The hike will head south on the Appalachian Trail starting at Newfound Gap, then take the Hazel Creek Trail to the old mill town of Proctor, and finish on the Lakeshore Trail to Fontana Dam (approx. 40 miles). Hike through historic home sites and one of the largest cemeteries in the GSMNP. Explore the remains of the Ritter Lumber Mill, one of the few remaining structures of the old mill town of Proctor. Walk alongside beautiful waterways and among stately poplar trees and rhododendrons. A planning meeting will be held with participants to discuss details, travel and transportation. Must have your own equipment. Contact John Laney (850) 879-0168 john@john-laney.com or Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 dawngriffinfta@gmail.com. – https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/283265030/ 

 

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