Florida Trail Association

Highlanders Chapter

Activities and Maps

We try NOT to cancel any activities, but the older we get, the more things can change.  Please check the website, or call or email the activity leader,  or call Bobbi @787-8654  to confirm events.

If you would like to receive an email about where and when some of the hikers in The Villages hike, you can subscribe to the yahoo group site:  http://groups.yahoo.com/thevillageshikingclub scroll down near the bottom and hit the subscribe button, to unsubscribe, there is also a button there.  You do not have to live in the Villages to attend these hikes.  

To all Florida Trail Members and Prospective Members:  Please be considerate of those members with sensitivities to various chemical or scented products.  Some scented products such as hair sprays, perfumes, scented deodorants, sunscreens and scented body washes can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress, coughing, migraine headaches and other asthmatic type symptoms.  We ask for everyone's cooperation to accommodate other's health concerns by trying to use unscented products before attending a recreational or work hike.  If you are using a long-lasting clothing insect spray, please try to spray a few days before the event to give time to air the clothing.  We appreciate your help.

Highlanders Trail Maintenance Please Note:

This work hike schedule is VERY tentative.

Always check the emails sent about one week before the work hike for updates.

All volunteers are expected to protect each other by cooperating with the FTA COVID-19 procedures and Job Hazard Analysis (floridatrail.org/covid-19/).  Please, if possible, bring your own face mask, gloves, pen for sign-in, and hand sanitizer.


Monday November 30, 2020 Hike Lake Louisa State Park We will hike about 5-6 miles on park trails and return to the beach area for lunch. If you bring bikes or canoe/kayak you might want to spend the afternoon enjoying other parts of the park. We will meet for the hike at 9:30 AM.  Take U.S. 27 South. The entrance to the park is on the right 7 miles south of  Hwy 50 on US 27 (Clermont).  The park fee is $5/car.  Follow the park road to the T at the bottom of the hill. Turn right towards the lake. We will meet at the parking lot at the end of the road at the beach area. (boardwalk)   Hike leaders Gene Bouley 352-360-3722 and Bruce Zollner  28.456869 -81.720944 DO NOT PUBLISH
Saturday December 5, 2020  Trail Maintenance Workhike, Ocala National Forest,  Meet at the intersection of Hwy 455 and Paisley Road (FR 69) just South of Alexander Springs before 8:45.  Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can plan teams and equipment.  Please be on time as we will be shuttling to another area to work.  If you have further questions call or email bobbiszoo@yahoo.com 787-8654 Please Bring hat, gloves, face masks, a pen, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch, and lots of water. 29.074541  -81.586464 DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday December 10, 2020 Bike Withlacoochee State Trail at Ridge Manor We will bike 9 miles from Ridge Manor Trailhead to Nobleton (18 miles roundtrip). We will meet at the Ridge Manor Trailhead off  Hwy 50 on Croom Rital Rd at 9:30am. Wear helmet and bring water and lunch. Lunch will be at Lake Townsen Park in Nobleton. Restrooms at both ends. Take Hwy 50 west to traffic light at Croom Rital road. Light is right after you pass under the bridge for trail over the highway. Turn right at light and follow Croom Rital road about mile.  The parking for trailhead is on your right.( If you get to I75 you went too far on Hwy 50) Come join us for a leisurely ride.  Trip Leader Gene Bouley cell 352-360-3722 Co-leader Bruce Zollner  28.526566 -82.218628  DO NOT PUBLISH
Wednesday December 16, 2020 Trail Maintenance Workhike, Seminole State Forest  Meet in Cassia at the Brantley Branch Road entrance before 8:45 AM. Please be on time as we will be shuttling to another area to work.  Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can plan teams and equipment. Please bring hat, gloves, face masks, a pen, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc. and lots of water (must carry 2 qts water). If you have further questions call or email:  Bobbi Keenan bobbiszoo@yahoo.com  787-8654  28.890749 -81.461616       DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday December 17, 2020  Bike Ride  on North Apopka loop trail. This is a 14 mile section, hard packed but not paved, along the upper canals leading to Lake Apopka.  We will meet at 9:30 at the North Shore Trailhead, 24600 County Rd 448A in Mt Dora. All riders must wear a helmet. Bring insect repellent, face masks, lunch, snacks and ample water. If you have any questions, please call Activity Leaders, Dennis or Melodie Hardy at 207-450-5736.  or mhardy222@gmail.com  28.704526 -81.673110   DO NOT PUBLISH
Friday January 1, 2021  First Day Hike  PEAR Park Leesburg  Meet at the Nature Center at PEAR Park at 10am. Easy 2 to 4 mile hike depending on your condition. Bring water and a snack .  Trip leaders Gene Bouley cell 352-360-3722 and Bruce Zollner
Take Routes 27/441 South towards Leesburg.  When 27 and 441 split stay to right and go straight ahead staying on route 27.  About 5 miles south of Leesburg at the junction of Route 48 and 27 proceed straight ahead on route 27 for 1.8 miles.  Turn right onto University Ave. Follow about a mile to entrance into PEAR Park.  Park and meet at Nature Center Building in park with nature painting on it.
*Important: You will pass a PEAR Park entrance on Route 27 1 mile from junction of 27 and 48. This is for the dog park, Go .8 of a mile beyond to 2nd park entrance at University Ave.
GPS program-Leesburg FL 4800 University Ave.  28.729290 -81.874755







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