Apalachee Ambles

HISTORICAL INFORMATION about the series of day hikes covering the Apalachee Chapter’s entire section of the Florida National Scenic Trail in conjunction with the celebration of the Chapter’s 30th anniversary in 2012.  The entire section was again covered as a thru-hike by four chapter members in November 2012.

THRU-HIKE:
November 3 (Sat.) – 18 (Sun.) P/S  Backpacking the Florida National Scenic Trail (Apalachee Section). In further celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Apalachee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, the Chapter will host a thru-hike of its 150-mile section of the Florida National Scenic Trail over a two-week period.  This will be a fully self-supported backpacking trip and participants will be responsible for their own transportation and equipment.  We expect to cover 8-12 miles per day.  Day hikers or overnighters are welcome to join in for any part of the hike; however, folks camping in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge are required to thru-hike the entire refuge.  Progress will be monitored by a coordinator (Linda Patton (850) 668-4334, lpatton@fsu.edu) and some transportation will be available to certain trailheads.  Co-leader Barry Haber.  To sign up, contact Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489, tuckems@hotmail.com

APALACHEE AMBLES:
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2011

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October 8  Saturday  P/L    Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR 1. We’ll shuttle cars and begin ambling at the western boundary of the Refuge, hiking just over three miles from the Carraway Cutoff trailhead at Medart to the Purify Bay Rd. trailhead. Then we’ll head for lunch at a local restaurant. Co-leaders are Wendy Dial and Dawn Brown.  Leader: Linda Patton (850) 668-4334

October 15  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR  2. Hike close to 9 miles from the Purify Bay Rd. trailhead to Shell Point Rd. (CR 367). Includes the short blue-blazed trail to Marsh Point, with a scenic view over the salt marshes to the Gulf of Mexico. Co-leaders are Dawn Griffin and Bob Daniels. Leader: Terry Tenold (850) 877-1612 totenold49@aol.com

October 30  Sunday  P/L  Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR 3. After shuttling cars, hike 6.3 miles from Shell Pt. Rd. (CR 367) to Wakulla Beach Rd. (FR 201), taking the side trail to Shepherd Springs and passing through the Cathedral of Palms. Meet at the Capital City Bank on South Monroe Street across from the Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Bring a lunch and fluids. Co-leaders are Bob Daniels and Dawn Brown. Leader: Dale Allen (850) 656-8050 wm.dale.allen@gmail.com

November 6  Sunday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR 4. Shuttle cars and hike almost 10 miles from Wakulla Beach Rd. (FR 201) past the Sawdust Mound and the Thompson House field office, into the woods beside US 98 and down the St. Marks bike path to St. Marks. For those wanting a shorter hike of 4.4 miles, sign up for the option to leave the hike at the Thompson House. Meet at the Capital City Bank on South Monroe Street across from the Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Bring a lunch and fluids. Co-leaders are Kent Wimmer and George Weaver.  Leader: Dale Allen (850) 656-8050 wm.dale.allen@gmail.com

November 12  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR 5. We’ll start in the town of St. Marks, take a boat across the river and hike 6.7 miles to the trail junction with Lighthouse Rd. in the Refuge.  Hike  includes a side trip to the ghost town of Port Leon. Port Leon was a town and deep water port built in the 1840’s, but was abandoned after a hurricane in 1848. Fee required for boat transportation and entry of shuttle cars into SMNWR. Co-leaders are Barbara Donner and Bob Daniels.  Leader: Dawn Brown (850) 668-0091 after 10/01.

November 19  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR 6. Hike 9.9 miles from Lighthouse Rd. along the FNST on the levees with lovely views of the wildlife ponds, marshes and the coastline of the Big Bend. Hike back around the Stoney Bayou. For those wanting a shorter hike of 5 miles, sign up for the option to shuttle and leave the hike at the Main Levee. Co-leaders are Gwen Beatty and Barry Haber.  Leader:  Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489 tuckems@hotmail.com

November 26  Saturday  P/L  Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR 7. Hike the FNST “Pinhook Swamp Stomp,” about 5 miles, from the main levee to the Pinhook River. Co-leaders are Gwen Beatty and Barry Haber.   Leader: Kent Wimmer (850) 523-8576  kwimmer@floridatrail.org.

December 3  Saturday  P/L  Apalachee Ambles:  SMNWR 8. Hike four and a half miles from the Pinhook River out to US 98 along tram roads and puncheon, and possibly through water at the end of the hike. We’ll celebrate completion of the Refuge hikes at the Riverside Café in St. Marks. Co-leaders are Barbara Donner and Holly Davenport.   Leader: Linda Patton (850) 668-4334.

December 11  Sunday  P/L   Apalachee Ambles: Aucilla 1. Hike 5 miles from the River Sink north of Goose Pasture Road to the south trailhead. Explore the series of sinks and rises of the Aucilla River as you walk through hardwood hammock and pine flatwoods. Sign up by 12/9.  Leader:  Barbara Donner.  Co-leaders are Tom Rish and Wendy Dial. Contact Tom Rish to sign up (850) 656-6661 tomrish@comcast.net

December 18  Sunday  P/M   Apalachee Ambles:  Aucilla 2. Hike 7.5 miles along the river from the north trailhead near CR 14 to River Sink where the river goes underground. Enjoy the autumn colors of the cypress and hardwoods along the banks. We will have lunch at the rapids–one of the few in Florida. Sign up by 12/16. Co-leaders are Tom Rish and Dawn Griffin.  Leader:  Barbara Donner (850) 514-4284 donner@happydogtails.com

2012

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January 28  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFW 1. The first Amble in the western section of the Apalachicola National Forest will be a hike from the Savannah Trailhead to CR 12 and back, past the west junction of the Chain of Lakes Trail and on to Camel Lake Campground, for a total of 6 miles.  It’s hunting season, so wear 500 sq. in. of safety orange above the waist.  Co-leaders are Holly Davenport and Linda Patton.  Cathy Briggs  (850)567-0506.

February 4  Saturday  P/S  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFW 2. A 10.8-mile hike in the Apalachicola National Forest from Camel Lake campground to Vilas Trailhead at FR 120. Those wanting a shorter hike of 4.3 miles can sign up for the option to leave the hike at FR 108E .  Meet at Camel Lake at 8:00 and depart by 8:30 EST. Day pack, food and water for the day. It’s hunting season, so wear 500 sq. in. of safety orange above the waist.  Co-leaders are Gwen Beatty and Tom Rish. Ronny Traylor (850) 643-5517 ronnytraylor@gmail.com.

February 12  Sunday  P/S  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFW 3. Hike in the Apalachicola National Forest from Vilas Trailhead (on FR 120) to FR 175. The 9.1-mile hike passes through the ghost town of Vilas and meanders through and around many large pine palmetto flatwoods separated by titi and cypress swamps and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna year-round.  Those wanting a shorter hike of 4.9 miles can sign up for the option to leave the hike at FR 107B.  It’s hunting season, so wear 500 sq. in. of safety orange above the waist. Trail may be knee-deep in water following heavy rains, so be prepared and bring a change of clothes for a comfortable ride home! Co-leaders are Gwen Beatty and Tom Rish. Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103.

February 25  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 1. The first Amble in the eastern section of the Apalachicola NF will be a 7.2 hike from Porter Lake Campground to the Bradwell Bay West Trailhead, including a side trip to the historic Langston Homestead house.  It’s hunting season, so wear 500 sq. in. of safety orange above the waist.  Co-leaders are Dale Allen and Dawn Griffin.  Dawn Brown (850) 668-0091 dbrown1948@embarqmail.com.

February 18  Saturday ** DATE CHANGED TO: FEBRUARY 26 SUNDAY ** P/S  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFW 4 A 10.1-mile hike in the Apalachicola National Forest from FR 175 to Porter Lake Campground. Those wanting a shorter hike of 5.4 miles can sign up for the option to leave the hike at CR 67 (Indian Creek).  Wear safety orange since this will be during hunting season.  Co-leaders are Gwen Beatty and Barry Haber. Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489 tuckems@hotmail.com.

March 3  Saturday  P/S  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 2 (Annual Bradwell Bay Wilderness Swamp Stomp). Slog about 8 miles in the heart of the Apalachicola National Forest, through one of the largest swamp forests in Florida. Rated by BACKPACKER magazine as one of the 10 toughest hikes in the USA. If there’s been recent rain, expect wading in ankle-to-waist-deep water for over half the hike. Bring lunch, hiking sticks/poles, and extra dry clothes and shoes. Old, but sturdy, boots recommended. Co-leader is Holly Davenport.  Kent Wimmer (850) 523-8576  kwimmer@floridatrail.org.

March 10  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 3. Hike through the eastern portion of the Bradwell Bay Wilderness, from the Monkey Creek Trailhead to the Sopchoppy River Trailhead, a distance of 6.2 miles.  Co-leaders are Howard Pardue and Barry Haber. Richard Graham (850) 878-3616 r_graham@lycos.com.

March 24  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 4. Come for a hike along the Sopchoppy River with an opportunity to see (and photograph) wild azaleas in bloom.  Participants will also receive a printed list of other flowering trees and shrubs likely to be encountered.  The hike is 5 miles in length and a car shuttle will be arranged to allow for a one-way trip (north to south).  Including time for a lunch break, the hike will take approximately 3 hours. Co-leaders are Barbara Donner and Karen Berkley. George Weaver (850) 510-3288 weaver@psy.fsu.edu.

March 31  Saturday  P/M  Apalachee Ambles:  ANFE 5. The final hike in the Apalachee Ambles series is 8.8 miles from the Oak Park Bridge Trailhead to the Carraway Cutoff Trailhead off of US 319.  Those wanting a shorter hike of 3.4 miles can sign up for the option to leave the hike at FR 321.  Co-leaders are George Weaver and Carol Skuthan. Richard Graham (850) 878-3616 r_graham@lycos.com.