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I Did A Hike 2019
||Florida Trail along the Suwannee River.
Sat Mar 2
|Public details: March 2, is the Florida Trailís (a 503c) annual fundraising event, IDidAHike. This yearís event will traverse a beautiful section of the Florida Trail along the Suwannee River. Participants will register and pay the $20 fee (all proceeds go to maintaining and preserving the trail) at the main gate of Spirit of the Suwannee Campground and Music Park, Live Oak, FL. Registration is from 9 to 11am. From the registration area, participants will be shuttled via bus to the Jerry Branch access point.
The 11 mile hike passes high above Jerry Branch; then, passes Disappearing Creek, a beautiful clear creek that cuts a narrow canyon then cascades down a 25 foot wall of rock and disappears. Continuing on, hikers will cross Crooked Branch, then climb on to the highest bluff on the Suwannee River. Hiking down river, the trail passes numerous rock outcrops 20 and 30 feet above the river; along with beautiful white sandbars which offer great places to take a break. Near the end of the hike participants will cross the Suwannee on the old 129 truss bridge and have the option to visit the ruins of the historic Suwannee Mineral Spring before they finish. There will be first aid stations and take out points along the way. Itís early spring, so dogwoods, wild Azaleas, and fringe flowers are expected to be in full bloom.
Make a long weekend out of the event! In addition to Saturdayís IDidAHike, the North Florida Trailblazers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association will lead free short day hikes on Friday and Sunday. A big group campfire is planned on Friday night at the Spirit of the Suwannee campground. Carol Walker can be contacted for discount for camping/accommodations (800 224 5656).|
|Member details: Many of us did the I-did-a-hike last year. It is sponsored by the local Florida Trail Association and is well organized. I recommend to bring water and wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers. The route of the 2019 event runs for 11 miles. Sag wagons will be provided. See link below for more details. We will meet at the Springhill Publix on 39th and I-75 at 8:00am and arrange the car pooling to White Springs.|