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.

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 2, 2019 Ridge Manor Trailhead:  Meet at the Withlacoochee Ridge Manor Trailhead, 6410 Croom Rital Rd. Ridge Manor, FL 33523 at 9:15 AM, the hike will start at 9:30.  We will do a 5-6 mile hike along the Florida Trail.  Bring plenty of water and snacks for the hike.  Bring a lunch and we will eat at the picnic shelter after the hike.  Contact Sue and Bob Sippey by email at wagdog47@gmail.com  28.527224, -82.218936
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 Summer Picnic Pot-Luck 5:00 PM. Hickory Point Recreation Area, 27341 FL-19, Tavares, FL 32778. The park is on Lake Harris and Highway 19, between Tavares and Howey-in-the-Hills. Rather than a business meeting, we will celebrate summer with a picnic. Bring a cold dish to share and your own drink. Meet at about 5:00 PM and we will eat at 6:00 PM. For cars arriving before 6:00 PM admission is free;  for cars arriving later there is a $2.00 charge. We will have plates and silverware. Contact Mary Ellen Milton for more details E-mail at mem32735@aol.com  or 352-669-3628. No Pets Please. 28.745985, -81.765867
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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