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.

RESERVATIONS: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/

ALL Chapter in-person activities for March and April 2020 have either been cancelled or rescheduled.  Please continue to check back.

APRIL 2020

Panhandle Chapter is holding Virtual Activity Leader Training. Open to any FTA member that is interested in leading activities such as hikes.

Part 1 of 3https://www.meetup.com/hiking-central-panhandle/events/269709307/

Part 2 of 3https://www.meetup.com/hiking-central-panhandle/events/269709315/

Part 3 of 3https://www.meetup.com/hiking-central-panhandle/events/269709324/


MAY 2020

MAY 1 FRI (L) – 5:30 PM – URBAN WALK: CASCADES PARK TO LAKE ELBERTA TRAIL – Join us for a ~5 miles (round trip) walk from Cascades Park and to Lake Elberta (approx. 2 miles), circle around the lake and loop back. Lake Elberta Trail is a .7-mile long multi-use trail with both paved and dirt surfaces. Lake Elberta Park currently ranks #4 in terms of bird species observed at a given place in Leon County. Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars. No Pets. Plan to stop on the way back at a local restaurant. Please Sign Up on Meetup. LIMIT: 15. Must be current FTA Member. Contact April Edmonds, April.edmonds.35@gmail.com

MAY 2 SAT – (M) 8:30 AM – TATE’S HELL – HIGH BLUFF COASTAL TRAIL HIKE – Hike 4 miles of the High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail in Tate’s Hell State Forest, located between Carrabelle and Eastpoint. Meet in the Walmart parking lot at 4021 Lagniappe Way (off Mahan Drive) at 8:30 AM to carpool to Franklin County at 8:45 AM. There is a $2 fee for individuals using the state forest, unless you have an annual pass. Bring plenty of water, insect repellent and sun protection for on the trail. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. After the hike, we will go the Eastpoint to eat at the Red Pirate Grill before returning to Tallahassee. Contact Roger Doherty (850) 212-5766, duiplanner@yahoo.com.

MAY 3 SUN – (S) 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL MAINTENANCE: APALACHICOLA NATIONAL FOREST WEST – See April 5th announcement for details.

MAY 4, 11, 18 and 25 EVERY MON. (M-S) 5:15 PM – A WALK IN THE WOODS: LAFAYETTE HERITAGE TRAIL PARK (PINEY Z) – See APR 13 announcement for details.

MAY 6, 13, 20, 27 WED (M-S) 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM – Stress Buster Brisk Walks: “Trails and Tall Tales.” Celebrating Our 9th Year! Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM sharp. This allows us to increase our mileage as well as hike different loop trails! Bring snacks if needed, water and dress in layers. Come hydrated. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Afterwards, plan to grab some dinner and listen to some tall hiking tales! Hey, you earned it! Location: JR Alford Greenway, Pedrick Road, Tallahassee. Check our Meetup site for any last-minute announcements. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 griffindd@aol.com

MAY 7,14,21,28 EVERY THUR. (M-S) 5:15 PM – A WALK IN THE WOODS: MICCOSUKEE GREENWAY, THORNTON TRAILHEAD. See the APR 2nd Description.

MAY 12 TUE – 6:30-8:30 PM – CHAPTER MEETING/PROGRAM – Doug Alderson, Outdoor writer and photographer will talk about his new book, America’s Alligator: The Popular History of our Most Celebrated Reptile. Doug is an author of more than ten books, his photography and storytelling experiences should make for an exciting evening. Doug Alderson’s articles and photographs have been featured in Native Peoples, Wildlife Conservation, American Forests, Sea Kayaker, Sierra, Mother Earth News, Shaman’s Drum, Campus Life, America, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Florida Naturalist, Florida Sportsman, Tallahassee Magazine, Florida Wildlife and several others. He has won two national writing awards for his magazine features and several Florida writing competitions.

MAY 16 SAT – (L) 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM – DAY PADDLE SUWANNEE RIVER – Celebrate Spring by joining us for a paddle on the beautiful Suwannee River. We will put in on Hwy 249 bridge and take out at Suwannee River State Park. This section is approximately 9 miles in length. There is an entry fee at Suwannee River SP. You must provide your own boat, PFD, and whistle (FL state law required). A properly fitted PFD must always be worn when paddling. NO PETS please. Limit 12. You must sign up by contacting Gwen Beatty (850) 545-0531.

MAY 21 – THUR. – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – IDIDAHIKE 2021 Planning Meetings! Interested in learning more and how to help plan and organize the event? Meeting location posted on meetup.com or contact Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 griffindd@aol.com

MAY 22 FRI – (L) 1:45 PM – Wakulla Springs State Park Picnic and Plunge! Home of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs, the sapphire water of Wakulla Springs boasts manatees, alligators and a host of diverse wildlife that can be viewed from a riverboat or the diving platform. Kick off the Memorial Day Holiday, check off that bucket list item and dare to jump off the diving platform and plunge your body into the invigorating 70-degree waters sure to refresh you on even the hottest summer days. $6 per vehicle. Meet to carpool at the Park-n-Ride on South Monroe St., at 1:45 PM or meet at Wakulla Spring picnic area (located at 465 Wakulla Park Dr., Wakulla Springs FL 32327.) Bring a picnic item to share for dinner, your own beverages and chair. Before starting out, check for last-minute instructions on our Meetup site. Contact:  Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, griffindd@aol.com

MAY 23 SAT – (M) 9:30 AM – ORIENTEERING AT ELINOR KLAPP-PHIPPS PARK (GATE B)– Try your skills at finding spots in the park using a map and compass. A registration table will be located near Gate B. An easy orienteering course will be set up. Each participant will be timed to see who completes the course in the least amount of time. Be sure to bring a compass, sunscreen, water and trail snacks. Persons must be 18 or accompanied by an adult or guardian. Limit 30 people. Contact Roger Doherty (850) 212-5766, duiplanner@yahoo.com


JUNE 2020

JUN 1, 15, and 29 MON – (M-S) 5:15 PM – A WALK IN THE WOODS: LAFAYETTE HERITAGE TRAIL PARK (PINEY Z) – See APR 13 announcement for details.

JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24 WED – (M-S) 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM – Stress Buster Brisk Walks: “Trails and Tall Tales.”  Celebrating Our 9th Year! Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM sharp. This allows us to increase our mileage as well as hike different loop trails! Bring snacks if needed, water and dress in layers. Come hydrated. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Afterwards, plan to grab some dinner and listen to some tall hiking tales! Hey, you earned it! Location: JR Alford Greenway, Pedrick Road, Tallahassee. Check our Meetup site for any last-minute announcements. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, griffindd@aol.com

JUN 11 and 25 THUR. (M-S) 5:15 PM – A WALK IN THE WOODS: MICCOSUKEE GREENWAY, THORNTON TRAILHEAD. See the APR 2nd Description.

JUN 5 FRI – (L-M) 7:30 PM – MOON OVER MICCOSUKEE WALK! MICCOSUKEE GREENWAY, CRUMP TRAILHEAD. See a 5+ mile section of Miccosukee Greenway in a unique way, cast in shadows and moonlight. We will meet at the Crump trailhead (across from the brick house at 4955 Crump Road) by 7:00 PM sharp for the carpool to the Edenfield trailhead. We will hike from Edenfield to Crump, where your car will be waiting. The pathway is mostly broad level ground. The white stones will make following the path an easy task. Be sure to bring a flashlight or wear a headlamp. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, and apply bug repellent as needed. Meet near the restrooms. We start the hike from Edenfield at 7:30 PM sharp. Option to meet early at 5:30 PM for dinner before heading over to the trailhead. Check our Meetup site for any last-minute announcements. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, griffindd@aol.com

JUN. 7 SUN – (S) 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL MAINTENANCE: APALACHICOLA NATIONAL FOREST WEST – See April 5th announcement for details.

JUN 9 TUES – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – CHAPTER MEETING/PROGRAM – Britney Moore – Office of Greenways and Trails – Britney has worked for Florida’s award-winning state park system for several years. She attended Florida State University where she studied Geography and Environmental Studies. As a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, Britney has found a way to nourish her love of volunteering in the community. She frequently explores Florida’s incredible recreational opportunities, whether it be participating in biking and kayaking events or taking her dogs on hikes.

JUN 13 SAT – (S) 8:45 AM – 11:15 AM – ANNUAL FORT BRADEN INTERPRETATIVE HIKE. Meet at the Fort Braden Trails Trailhead on Hwy 20 about a mile west of Coe Landing Road. Trail and ecological expert will lead a 3.5-mile interpretative hike through the slope forests overlooking Lake Talquin. About noon we will return to the trail head for refreshments. Dress for the weather, wear good walking shoes, bring water, any personal medications, insect repellent, sun protection and other needed personal items. Hiking sticks suggested. Sign up on Meetup. Contact Howard Pardue (850) 567-2078, hpardue@comcast.net or Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489, tuckems@hotmail.com

JUN. 27 SAT – (S) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Explore the Port Leon Creek Paddling Trail – Join us for a ~3-Hour / ~3.6-Mile paddle of the Port Leon Creek Paddling Trail. We will launch from the St. Marks River City Park and Boat Ramp and paddle the outgoing tide ~1.5-Miles to the entrance of Port Leon Creek. From there, we will head ~0.3-Miles upstream to the old train trestle that used to span the creek. In that area, we will look for a suitable place to get out, stretch our legs, and take a break in the shade along the nearby Florida National Scenic Trail. After our break, we will head down Port Leon Creek a short way before heading back upstream, on the now incoming tide, back to the launch. Pace will be determined by the abilities of the group. Bring your kayak/canoe, paddle(s), life jacket, whistle, water, snacks, insect repellent, sun protection, and rain gear, as needed. Meet promptly at 1pm at the St. Marks River Park Pavilion. DIRECTIONS: The St. Marks River City Park is located at 3 River Breeze St, St. Marks, Florida 32355. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON MEETUP FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO JOIN THIS TRIP. Contact Ron Harrison, RonaldWHarrison68@gmail.com, (850) 443-1665 or Judi Harrison, jlkent0424@gmail.com, (850) 591-3677.

RESERVATIONS: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/