Dec
10
When: Sunday, Dec 10, 2017, 8:30AM
Where:
29.428644, -81.788477 Fort McCoy, FL

Moderate - Advanced/Open to Public/$6 Day Use Fee

NOTE: PLEASE, NO DAY-OF-HIKE CANCELLATIONS. HIKE WILL ONLY GO IF 5 OR MORE PARTICIPANTS SIGNED UP BY 9:30 PM NIGHT BEFORE HIKE. HIKE WILL GO RAIN OR SHINE, UNLESS 70% OR HIGHER CHANCE OF RAIN, OR THUNDERSTORMS FORECASTED.

One of the most awe-inspiring sections of the Florida Trail, the segment between the Rodman Dam (more properly known as the George Kirkpatrick Dam) and Lake Delancy immerses you into longleaf pine forests that seem to go on forever. Providing a fine balance between the Big Scrub habitats and breathtaking old-growth longleaf pines, the Florida Trail through this area is simply superb.

We will set up our own shuttle. Please volunteer to assist with the shuttle.

Park your vehicle at Lake Delancy Camp Ground WEST. Pay $6.00 cash day use fee, have the exact change for self-pay. We will meet here at 9:30 a.m. to begin our shuttle.

Lake Delancy Camp Ground West (Ft. McCoy, FL) Lat-Long[masked], [masked]

Directions to Lake Delancy Camp Ground WEST: From the intersection of US 19 and SR 316 in Salt Springs, drive north along US 19 for 5.7 miles to the "Lake Delancy" sign on the left side of the highway. Turn left. Follow this forest road, NFR 66, approx. 2.5 miles around the north side of the lake to the campground West and day use area entrance clearly marked on the left. NFR 66 is a dirt road and can be rugged at times.

Shuttle from Lake Delancy Camp Ground West: All hikers will ride together (in as few vehicles as possible) from Lake Delancy Camp Ground West to Rodman Dam to begin the hike. Once we arrive in our shuttles at Rodman Dam we'll park at the recreation area parking for the Ocklawaha River and George Kirkpatrick (Rodman) Dam, where anglers hang out along the spillway. From there we will hike back to our vehicles at Lake Delancy Camp Ground West.

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We will hike approximately 7.6 miles to Lake Delancy at a moderate pace. This is NOT a slow hike. Be sure you know your abilities for this long hike.

Be prepared for possibility of hiking in rain.

We will take short water breaks along the way, and a snack break.

Difficulty level: Moderate to advanced

What to bring/wear: At least 2 litres of water, snacks, RAIN JACKET/PONCHO, insect repellant, sunscreen, hat, sturdy closed-toe shoes. It will be hunting season, so wear safety orange. I will have on a blaze orange ball cap and vest.

Activity leader: Naomi Charboneau, contact through Meetup site or act4thevoiceless at yahoo dot com

Lake Delancy Camp Ground West
29.428644, -81.788477 Fort McCoy, FL
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