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.

Monday
February 11, 2019  Hike Bourlay Historic Nature Park/Venetian Gardens
Meet 9 AM at 851 N Canal St, Leesburg, Fl 34748. We will do 3 miles at Bourlay, then for those that want more miles we will move to Venetian for another 2 miles. Trip Leader Bruce Zollner 352-314-2855 or brucezollner@gmail.com.DO NOT PUBLISH     N 28.8211 W 81.8726 
Saturday February 16, 2019 Annual Chili Party at Trimble Park: 11 AM or before.  We will eat about 12 Noon.  We need Chili in Crock Pots, a few salads, bread or crackers and desserts.  We will have hot beverages.  Bring a lawn chair.  It is a great place to just relax & visit.  Trimble Park is located in the Tangerine Area off Hwy 441, south of Mt. Dora. The park is between Lake Beauclair and Lake Carlton. We will be in Pavilion #1 which is near the wooden docks.  Highlanders Chapter. No Pets.  For more information contact Arlene Beal, bealak59@gmail.com or  612-202-5224 or Mary Ellen Milton  mem32735@aol.com or 352-669-3628.    28.769171 -81.656442 
Tuesday February 19, 2019  Work Hike, Ocala National Forest:  Meet before 9AM in the parking lot on the West side of Hwy 19 that is  2 1/2 miles North of the turn off that goes to Alexander Springs (Hwy 445).  We will be working on the section between CR445 and Buck Lake.  Please be on time as we will be shuttling to another area to work.  Please bring water, insect spray, hats, lunch, etc.  If you have further questions call or email bobbiszoo@yahoo.com 787-8654 Bring hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug repellant, lunch, and lots of water.  29.073869  -81.629407  DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday February 21, 2019 Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:   DATE CHANGE:  We are meeting on the Third Thursday's throughout this year due to the conflicts with the library schedule. We are also meeting one hour earlier at 5:00 PM.   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  28.811093  -81.874858  Open to the Public.  Program:   
Dan Kincaid will briefly discuss his career, nearly 40 years; highlighting some of the recreation and wilderness work he did, including managing trail at several of his career stops. He managed part of the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia; part of the Kekekabic Trail in northern Minnesota; laid out new trail locations in MN, GA, and OH, including a portion of the North Country Tail.
Tuesday February 26, 2019 Kayak trip Lake Jem Park to Lake Apopka North Shore Park round trip via Apopka-Beauclair Canal   Meet at 9:30 am at boat ramp at Lake Jem Park, 16141 County Road 448 Mt. Dora. 28.747615  -81.688443.  We will lunch at North Shore McDonald Boat Ramp (has facilities) We will need to go through the locks.  Trip Leader Bruce Zollner and Gene Bouley cell 352-360-3722  DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday February 28, 2019 Bike Trip Withlacoochee State Trail South   Meet at 9:30 am.  The bike ride will be from Inverness to Floral City Park, a distance of 10 miles, our lunch stop. We will start at the Wallace Brook Park in Inverness where there are restrooms. The ride will be at a slow to moderate pace. We want it to be relaxed and have fun. You must Wear A Helmet, and bring water, and lunch.  Directions to Wallace Brook Park: Take Rt 44 into Inverness. At the junction of Rt 44 and Rt 41 bear right onto the combined routes 41/44. Stay in the right lane as you go down the hill and take your first right onto Martin Luther King Dr.  (this is just bearing right at the bottom of hill), (Sign for State Trail) follow Martin Luther King to Dampier St. Turn right onto Dampier and follow to park trail head. Park in lot on left.  Trip Leaders Gene Bouley and Bruce Zollner  Gene cell 352-360-3722  DO NOT PUBLISH  
Saturday March 2, 2019  Work Hike, Ocala National Forest, FR 06 to Duck Pond:  Meet before 9 AM at the Clearwater Lake Trailhead just off Hwy 42 south of Paisley.  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. Bring hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch, and lots of water. 28.974889 -81.549956 DO NOT PUBLISH
Friday March 8, 2019  Canoe/ kayak trip from River Junction Camp Ground day use area up river towards Rt. 50 and back (8 to 9 miles total) on the Withlacoochee River.  This is a beautiful section of the river with high banks. Bring personal pdf equipment, lunch, whistle and water.  Meet at boat ramp put-in at 10 am. Directions:  7 miles south of Bushnell on Rt 301 or go north on Rt. 301 from Rt. 50 to flashing light at junction of Cr 656. Turn at light onto Cr 656 and go 2 miles to Fire station as road turns left. Don’t turn but go straight ahead on Cr 656. 200 yds ahead take a left on SW 50th St (dirt road) sign for WSF River Junction Day use area. Follow dirt road a mile and turn left at sign for River Junction follow into Camp Ground and look for sign to day use area. Turn right and follow rough dirt road along the river to the end at boat ramp put-in.  Trip leader Gene Bouley 352-314-9335    Co- leader Bruce Zollner 352-314-2855  DO NOT PUBLISH
Monday March 11, 2019  Hike Lake May Reserve/Trout Lake. Meet 9 AM at Lake May County Rd 44A, Eustis, Fl 32736. We will hike at Lake May then move to Trout Lake for those that want more miles. Trip Leader Bruce Zollner 352-314-2855 or brucezollner@gmail.comN28.8724 W81.6299 DO NOT PUBLISH
Tuesday March 12, 2019  Work Hike, Ocala National Forest, SR 42 to Duck Pond:  Meet before 9 AM at the Clearwater Lake Trailhead just off Hwy 42 south of Paisley.  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. Bring hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch, and lots of water. 28.974889 -81.549956 DO NOT PUBLISH
Friday
March 15, 2019 ST. PADDY'S HIKE  March 15th, wear your green and join us for this 4 mile hike in the Seminole State Forest, with a lunch stop at Moccasin Springs.  Meet at the Cassia Trailhead, on Brantley Branch Road (just off State Route 44 at 9:30 a.m.  There is a $3.00 SSF fee per car.  Bring lunch, snacks, 2 qts.water and bug repellent.  Call hike leaders, Dennis and Melodie Hardy for additional information at 207-646-7881  28.890749 -81.461616  DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday March 21, 2019 Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:   DATE CHANGE:  We are meeting on the Third Thursday's throughout this year due to the conflicts with the library schedule. We are also meeting one hour earlier at 5:00 PM.   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:  Hiking the Appalachian Trail   by Sean   28.811093  -81.874858 
Friday March 22, 2019 Bike trip from Land Bridge trailhead to Rt 200 in Florida Cross Greenway.   Meet at trailhead at 9:30 am. Required:  Wear Helmet, and bring lunch and water.  Directions to land Bridge Trail Head: Take I75 north to exit 341 in Belleview - Rt 484 At end of ramp turn right. Go about ¼ mile to first left onto Rt 475A.  Follow 475A a couple of miles to Land Bridge Trail Head entrance on left. Follow entrance road to parking area and restrooms  Trip Leaders Gene Bouley cell 352-360-3722 and Bruce Zollner  DO NOT PUBLISH
March 30-31, 2019  FTA Volunteer Trail Crew Event.  Build re-route of FNST in Seminole State Forest.  Register for this event at floridatrail.org for free camping and food at Clearwater Lake Rec. Area, ONF.  Or meet Highlanders Chapter crew at 9AM on Bottony Woods Drive, 0.5 miles off Hwy 44 near Cassia.  More details for event will be sent to chapter members by email in March.
Saturday April 6, 2019 Work Hike Location to be Determined
Saturday April 13, 2019  Firefly and Pot Luck Hike  Lake Norris Conservation Area
Meet at Lake Norris trailhead at 6:00 PM.  Bring a dish to share and we will transport the food and your chairs to the camp by car while we hike the 1.5 miles in.  We'll enjoy the sunset, watch the birds soar over the lake, and have dinner around the fire.  Then after dark,  around 8:45 PM, we'll hike back and see the fireflies along the trail.  This is a very easy level hike along a forest road and a lot of fun for kids too. Bring a chair, flashlight, bug spray, jacket, something to drink, and your dish to share with serving spoon. We will provide plates and silverware and lots of fun under a new moon. No pets allowed.  Call or email Diane with your RSVP and what you plan to bring.   cell phone -352-205-9620.  Email:  dammiller@aol.com  28.913943, -81.544539  
Directions to Lake Norris Trailhead:  
From I-4 and SR 46 Exit (Sanford Mall) go west on SR 46 for about seven miles.  Just over the bear bridge there is a traffic light and you will veer to the right onto SR 46A.  Go about 5.5 miles on SR 46A until it dead ends at SR 44.  Turn left (west) on SR 44 and go 1/2 mile.  At the light, turn right onto CR 437 and go 1.7 miles.  Turn right onto CR 44A, also known as Burlington Avenue, and go about 1/2 mile.  Take the second left onto Lake Norris Road and go about 2.5 miles.   
 
Turn left into the Lake Norris Conservation Area trailhead which is right before the sharp 90 degree turn in the road.  
If you reach the bridge – you’ve gone a bit too far.
 
Thursday April 18, 2019 Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:   DATE CHANGE:  We are meeting on the Third Thursday's throughout this year due to the conflicts with the library schedule. We are also meeting one hour earlier at 5:00 PM.   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:  Diane and Ken Dammiller, Boondocking 101 (Dry Camping) AKA Free camping             28.811093  -81.874858 
Thursday May 16, 2019 Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:   DATE CHANGE:  We are meeting on the Third Thursday's throughout this year due to the conflicts with the library schedule. We are also meeting one hour earlier at 5:00 PM.   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:  New Zealand, Gene Bouley     28.811093  -81.874858 
Thursday June 20, 2019 Highlanders Chapter Picnic
Thursday July 18, 2019 Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:   DATE CHANGE:  We are meeting on the Third Thursday's throughout this year due to the conflicts with the library schedule. We are also meeting one hour earlier at 5:00 PM.   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:       28.811093  -81.874858 

 

 

 

 

 

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