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.

Wednesday

January 1, 2020 First Day Hike Seminole State Forest  Join us in ringing in the new year with a 5 mile hike in the Seminole State Forest. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Cassia Trailhead on Brantley Branch Rd in Eustis. There is a $3.00 entrance fee per car (up to 6 people). Each person should have 2 liters of water & snacks. Bug spray and sunscreen recommended. Call Melodie or Dennis Hardy for additional information 207-450-5736. 28.890749 -81.461616       DO NOT PUBLISH

Friday January 3, 2020 Baird Tract of the Withlacoochee Forest  Meet at 9:30.  Hike and picnic lunch.  We will do a 3 to 4 mile leisurely walk thru an oak hammock, pine forest and past Revels Pond.  One section might be brushy.  When completed we will drive a short distance to the Fish Hatchery picnic tables for our lunch.  Afterwards we can visit the hatchery and take a short walk on the grounds. Bring lunch, water and a chair .
Meeting location is 2+ miles South of Hwy 50 (Terrytown) on Hwy 471.  Look for the forest sign on the West side ..Baird Tract entrance is on the East side of 471. If you pass the bridge you have gone too far. 
Address.....15730 hwy 471 Webster   Bob and Sue Sippey.  Wagdog47@gmail.com
Tuesday January 14, 2020  Work Hike Ocala National Forest.  Buck Lake.  Meet before 9:00 AM in the parking lot on the west side of Hwy 19 that is 2 1/2 miles north of the turn off to Alexander Springs (Hwy 445). 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 (must carry 2 qts water). 29.073833 -81.629374 
Thursday January 16, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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:  Dr. Steve Muller, Beacon College 28.811093  -81.874858 
Saturday January 18, 2020 Work Hike Boy Scout Camp  Meet before 9 AM at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area off Hwy 42 near Paisley.  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.  Bring water, insect spray, hats, lunch, etc.  If you have further questions call or email Bobbi Keenan: bobbiszoo@yahoo.com  787-8654  28.976677, -81.550236
Saturday February 1, 2020 Work Hike Ocala National Forest.  FR69-FR06:  Meet before 9 AM at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area off Hwy 42 near Paisley.  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.  Bring water, insect spray, hats, lunch, etc.  If you have further questions call or email Bobbi Keenan: bobbiszoo@yahoo.com  787-8654  28.976677, -81.550236
Tuesday February 11, 2020 Work Hike Ocala National Forest.  FR 69-Hwy19:  Meet before 9:00 AM in the parking lot on the west side of Hwy 19 that is 2 1/2 miles north of the turn off to Alexander Springs (Hwy 445). 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 (must carry 2 qts water). 29.073833 -81.629374 
Thursday February 20,  2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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 Dammiller's Summer Adventures 28.811093  -81.874858 
Saturday
February 29, 2020 Highlanders Annual Chili Party at Trimble Park:  5802 Trimble Park Rd, Mount Dora, FL.  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 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.  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 Do not publish
Sunday March 15, 2020  3rd Annual St. Paddy's Day Hike  
On Sunday, March 15th, wear your green and join us for this 4 mile hike in the Seminole State Forest.  
Meet at the Cassia Trailhead, on Brantley Branch Road (just off State Route 44) at 1:00 p.m.  There is a $2.00 SSF fee per person.  Please bring snacks, 2 quarts of water, sunscreen and bug repellent.  No pets are allowed, and please refrain from wearing perfumes and aftershave.  Call hike leaders, Dennis & Melodie Hardy for additional information at 207-646-7881, or email: mhardy222@gmail.com
Thursday March 19, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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: Lauren Barth - Bats, Florida Fish and Wildlife Service   28.811093  -81.874858 
Thursday April 16, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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 
Thursday May 21, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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 
Thursday June 18, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   Picnic Meeting
Thursday July 16, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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 
Thursday August 20, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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 
Thursday September 17, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   Picnic Meeting 
Thursday October 15, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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 
Thursday November 19, 2020  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   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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