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    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Florida Trail: Clearwater Lake to Alexander Springs

    about 1 year ago

    I want to begin by apologizing for underestimating Central Florida's section of the FNST. This Hike was B.E.A.utiful!
    We did it (04.01.2017) from Alexander Springs to Clearwater. It was hot (89°F)! especially the sand scrub section (no canopy coverage). That didn't last too long, however, so it was still very pretty!
    At the beginning it looks like everything else in Central Florida (I hike here a lot), then moves onto the sand scrub, to a more jungle like area (with a couple of boardwalks) to just forest. The canopy coverage does open and close from time to time, so the sun still gets to you. The most scenic part of it all was between FR69 to Clearwater trailhead. Didn't even look like Florida and had very obvious elevation changes (didn't expect that).
    Definitely more than 11 miles and we didn't see any bear or deer, just an armadillo, a scorpion and the usual birds and insects. Watch out for ticks and mosquitos.
    I'm more than likely going back to hike and camp on the trail. But I'll probably wait until after summer...yeesh!

    Dwayne Fernandes completed Bulow Woods Hiking Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes completed Coastal Strand Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Mala Compra Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The hiking (red) trail is only 1.25 miles one way. It's definitely not a hike, more of a trail to stroll by on. Very easy!
    It is accompanied by a part elevated (boardwalk) trail that leads to the beach, which was beautiful for the dogs to play on.
    The "Hard" difficulty level is for the mountain bike trails. Which are usually occupied by bikers, so we haven't gotten a chance to hike them.
    We, instead, decided to walk all the way to Washington Oaks Gardens SP, via the beach, and enjoyed running about and photographing the coquina rocks.

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Ponce Preserve Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very easy, short, shaded trail. Ponce Inlet park is dog friendly so pets are definitely allowed.
    It does require a $10 fee or an annual pass to park inside, but if you want to bypass it, there is a trail or use the beach.
    It's exceptionally beautiful at Ponce Inlet

    Dwayne Fernandes completed Ponce Preserve Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Longleaf Pine Preserve Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The Red loop is kind of dull, not much to see or do but, good exercise.
    Does have a one mile, very primitive Green trail around a small lake that ends at a Pavillion area. We spooked an Alligator by accident but, it more so scared us because we didn't know it was there.
    Other than that, it wasn't very scenic or exiting. Goes by a house with cows on the property and know that, part of the blue trail is closed.

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Hontoon Island Shell Mound Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The overall place isn't really exciting. The one and only hiking trail wasn't worth it and is really short. However, they have these roads that end up at different camping turnouts, so we created a route to visit them to make it worth our hiking trip. Those roads were nice and pleasant to walk in 55F weather, late January.
    The ferry is free and just a minute ride to the otherside. Last ride is at 4.30pm to the island and 5pm from the island.

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Loved it! Might be my favorite so far.
    Definitely a moderate 7.1 mile hike but, we hopped off the trail a couple of times. Heard a bear cub moan, saw a lot of signs of bears and boars and saw deer in a grass patch that is inaccessible, no snakes.
    The trail is ridden with roots and mud that gets pretty slippery at times and changes quite a bit. There is a camp area half way in. It is well marked and is pretty scenic at times.
    All-in-all, we enjoyed it and will do it again!

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Kolokee Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Also known as Barr St. trailhead on Google maps, this loop (if you want to consider it just one trail) is great! There is a $2/person fee but, I didn't see too many people pay for it.
    There are multiple trails; white, blue connector (from Geneva Wilderness Area) and Orange (Florida Trail). The loop itself is 5.2 miles long but each trail extends a little further out.
    We did the extended white trail (additional 2 miles), joined the little trail by the river, onto an equestrian trail and continued down the orange Florida trail by the big bridges - roughly 9 miles.
    It is very well marked with lat/long coordinates and we saw a rattle snake, armadillo, possum and gators, with birds of course.
    Kayaking the Econlockhatchee river on the next visit!

    Dwayne Fernandes completed Kolokee Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes saved Kolokee Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Smyrna Dunes Boardwalk Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Pretty! love that dogs have their own beach and swim in the water.
    Walking the boardwalk is a nice way to get them excited, which parallels a sand trail too.
    No one is allowed on the inside of the circluar boardwalk, so the beach is the only escape. The park does have restrictions on which parts of the boardwalk allows dogs, so be mindful of signs.
    Be cautious of the current in the water if you visit the beach with your four legged best friend

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Turtle Mound Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very easy, primarily boardwalk trail. Goes up a few feet and gives you a beautiful view of Canaveral National Seashore. It is extremely short, but if you hop off the boardwalk and take the little shell ridden trail on the lagoon side, you end up at an opening that people either fish at or just sit and watch birds, fish and little crabs.

    Dwayne Fernandes saved Pine Island Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes saved Turtle Mound Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes completed Turtle Mound Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Pine Island Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Oh yeah this was a nice trail! It was a little hard to find the head because of the faulty map and directions. it literally starts at a Handicap parking spot [Nature Trail].
    The trail opens up onto Magnolia Ave a sandy road and stays on it for about 1.5 miles. After that it gets prettier and prettier, with shade from tree patches and easier dirt and tree debris to walk on.
    Took us about 3 hours to do, with a lotnof breaks and slow strolling. did it later in the afternoon, and saw a big boar on the way back. A lot of wildlife tracks, but didn't see much.
    I'd do it again!

    Dwayne Fernandes reviewed Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Go here all the time, year round. My favorite bike ride (motorcycle). I enjoy it in a car as well, but on a motorcycle, theres no better feeling. Its beautiful and exciting

    Dwayne Fernandes completed Pine Island Trail

    over 1 year ago