For the past 10 weeks, Orlando-area outdoor enthusiasts Lou and Rachael Augspurg – long-time volunteer trail maintainers and activity leaders with the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Trail Association – have been leading hikes on Florida Trail segments across Seminole County to introduce hikers to the trail segments we have in the region. Each week, as a recap, Rachael sends an email out to her invitees with photos that show off all the fun that the group had.
Wednesday, March 20 – the first day of Spring – is Hike #11, and in a change of plans, it will be held at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park right along SR 46 west of Sanford. You can show up and do 3, 5, or 8 miles with the group, with lunch (BYO brown bag) at Katie’s Landing. Be at the state park parking area at 9 AM to join them.
Meanwhile, as a guest blog post, here’s a recap in Rachael’s own words and pictures of their group hike on the Florida Trail through Seminole State Forest last Wednesday. It’s one of my favorites in the region.
10TH WINTER WEDNESDAY HIKE – MARCH 13, 2013
SEMINOLE STATE FOREST
The hike on this Wednesday had to be changed because of a turkey hunt scheduled for Seminole State Forest next week. We combined two hikes and shuttled to the north entrance and started at the Cassia trailhead, hiked 9 miles to get back to the south entrance & Bear Pond trailhead. This included an off-trail side trip to a spring hidden deep in the woods.
It was a beautiful day, clear skies and pleasant temperatures. We also stopped at Shark Tooth Spring before having lunch at Blackwater Creek. After lunch we hiked on a ribbon of white-sand through pine flatwoods southward to Bear Pond trailhead where we enjoyed our after-the-hike social at the lakeside pavilion.