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.

Wednesdays 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.  
Thursday December 6, 2018  Hike and Bike -- Ridge Manor to Silver Lake Recreation Area   We will meet at 8:45 at the Ridge Manor parking lot for the Withlacoochee State Bike trail just off Hwy 50 on Croom Rital Rd. We will shuttle our bikes to the  Crooked River Campground within the Silver Lake Recreation Complex.. The bikes will be left there (bring locks) and we will return to the Ridge Manor to begin our 5.2 mile hike along the River Trail. When we get to our bikes we will ride 1.5 miles to our lunch spot on Silver Lake. (hard pack road) After lunch we will ride our bikes back to the cars on the Withlacoochee Bike Trail (paved, 5 miles). Lunch can be carried or left in your bike bags. For those who do not want to bike we could shuttle your car to Silver Lake. The park has a $2/person fee. For more information call Gene Bouley  cell 352-360-3722 Co-leader Bruce Zollner  28.526566 -82.218628  DO NOT PUBLISH
Tuesday December 11, 2018 Work Hike Seminole State Forest, Tracy Unit-South  Meet in Cassia at the Brantley Branch Road entrance before 9 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. Bring insect spray, hats, lunch, 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 If you have further questions call or email:  Bobbi Keenan bobbiszoo@yahoo.com  787-8654  28.890749 -81.461616       DO NOT PUBLISH
Friday December 14, 2018  TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO LIKELIHOOD OF INCLEMENT WEATHER  Kayak Trip Lake Jem Park to Lake Apopka North Shore Park 7 miles,  Round Trip Via the 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 
Saturday December 15, 2018  Annual Pot Luck Christmas Party at PEAR Park Nature Center, 4800 University Ave. Leesburg, FL.  Meet about 12:00 PM and we will eat at 1:00 PM.  No alcohol.  We request donations for the Leesburg Food Pantry.  Contact Mary Ellen Milton for more information at mem32735@aol.com or 352-669-3628.
Monday December 17, 2018, Paddle the Dora Canal. Meet prior to 9:00 AM. From the Tavares Boat Launch, we will proceed through the canal going to different places along the way ending up in Lake Dora and return to the Tavares Boat Launch. Approximate total: Five miles. Directions: From the north take US 441 through Leesburg over the Dead River to the Tavares Boat Launch (boat launch will be on your left). The boat launch is before the bridge over the Dora Canal. From Tavares, drive north on US 441 until you cross the Dora Canal. The boat launch will be on the right hand side. A whistle and PFD vest are required. Bring water, snacks and/or lunch. Contact Wade Williston, 407-594-741 or wwillist01@gmail.com. Tavares Boat Launch: GPS 28.812314, -81.746945
Tuesday December 18, 2018, Paddle Double Spring Run. Meet prior to 9:00 AM. Launch from Astatula Boat Launch, proceed south down along Little Lake Harris, enter Double Spring Run and proceed up the creek until the creek becomes too narrow and shallow, blocked by fallen trees, and then return. From the boat ramp on Little Lake Harris to Double Spring you will be in open water which will be affected by possible wind before turning into Double Spring Run. Double Spring Run is quiet, beautiful, and serene. One of my favorite paddles. Approximate total: 4.8 miles. Directions: From the north, take US 441 south into Tavares. Turn right onto State Road 19 until you arrive at the turn to County Road 561. Take 561 towards Astatula and turn right onto Florida Avenue. The boat launch will be at the end of the road. From Tavares, Take State Road 19 to the turn at County Road 561. Turn left onto County Road 561 and proceed towards Astatula, turn right onto Florida Road. The boat launch will be at the end of the road. A whistle and PFD vest are required. Bring water, snacks or lunch. Contact Wade Williston, 407-584-7431 or wwillist01@gmail.comAstatula Boat Launch: GPS 28.710088, -81.745936
Saturday January 5, 2019 Work Hike Seminole State Forest Orange and Blue Trails  Meet in Cassia at the Brantley Branch Road entrance before 9 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. Bring insect spray, hats, lunch, 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
Tuesday January 15, 2019 Work Hike Seminole State Forest Yellow Trail  Meet in Cassia at the Brantley Branch Road entrance before 9 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.  Bring insect spray, hats, lunch, 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 January 17, 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 
Saturday February 9, 2019  Work Hike, Place to be Determined.  DO NOT PUBLISH
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.  Open to the Public.  Program:       28.811093  -81.874858 
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
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
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:       28.811093  -81.874858 
Saturday April 6, 2019 Work Hike Location to be Determined
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:       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:       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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