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    Alison Schultz saved Eternal Flame Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz completed Orlando Wetlands Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz reviewed Orlando Wetlands Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    NO LONGER CLOSED Nov to January - this changed in 2016.

    What an amazing park! We biked the roads (berms around the ponds), on our hybrid bikes, the northwest corner is the most difficult to bike with some overgrown roads. Its also the least scenic, so just stick with the main loop and be amazed. We were there in June and the number of birds were amazing. Cant wait to go back in winter when all the migrants are down.

    Take lots of water as there is little shade

    Make sure you go to the Overlook - a large dirt mound and from the top you can see 360 view of the park. What a gem of a park.

    Alison Schultz completed Lake Lizzie Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz reviewed Lake Lizzie Preserve - Lake Lizzie Trail/Red Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    We "bikehiked" this - we had our hybrid bikes and started from the Bass road trail head. Some sections are easy hard packed roads and other sections are deep sugar sand for about 50 yards so we would have to get off of our bikes and hike.

    The marsh loop trail is doable on a hybrid bike, some sections of board walk and some sections hard packed trail. Mostly in the shade with good signs. We did not go to the trail head but came from the Lake lizzie trail and went back via the powerlines - which was a much easier shortcut on the way back to the north entrance.

    Sections of the lake lizzy trail have the deep sugar sand. some sections are shady and some hot and open.

    If you do the North trail loop make sure you have good maps as that section has many extra spur trails and poor signage. Gaia gps has some good routes.

    Alison Schultz reviewed Lake Lizzie Preserve - Bass Hwy Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    We lovingly call this one the "bikehike" because we had our hybrid bikes and it was way to much for them so we often had to get off and walk through the thick sugar sand.
    The north parking area is large, grass, a sheriff caretaker lives there, and has a kiosk with a trail map.

    Fortunately I had also downloaded a Gaia gps map and followed someone else's route - or we would have Never found the trail.

    Where the north trail loop splits, if you try to go right - its completely overgrown and many branches down. No worries though if you stay straight at that split that path seemed more used.

    Some sections of trail are shady and others are in the wide open with the sugar sand and very hot. It is pretty down by the lake. There is one road that is used for maintenance of the pavilion area by the lake and that was an easy ride. We also took the lake lizzy trial over to the Marsh loop. On the way back we just went along the powerlines - which was a much faster and easier way back.

    Alison Schultz completed North Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz reviewed Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area

    almost 2 years ago

    We actually have hybrid bikes that we like to ride on roads and paved trails. This was a great area for our ride.

    Stop and check in at the entrance and its $3 cash self pay, leave envelope and take tear off receipt for your car dash. Make sure to sign in and sign out - and pick up one of their maps (I uploaded a copy here) I have been unable to find another map that shows the roads as well. but the map did cut off some of the hiking trails so be sure to bring your own for the river trail.

    We came two different weekends. First time we parked at #9 and rode down powerline road until it ends at the St Johns and we watched some airboats on the water. A wildlife officer was parked there. No shade along the road, couple of one lane wood bridges. Nice hardpacked crushed shell roads. The grass parking areas will fit only a couple of cars, but there are many parking areas so no problem finding a space.

    The next visit we parked at #7 and did a loop of the roads was about a 19 mile ride. If you have gaia gps I uploaded a track there. Long bluff and Fish hole roads have more shade. There is a great little lake at the south end of the property Lake Charlie that has pavilions, a small fishing pier, restrooms and space to launch kayaks and non motorized boats.

    There is an area along fish hole road that obviously floods as they have a measuring stake alongside the road so you can tell how deep the water is. When we were there it was dry.

    Long bluff road had some sandy areas but it had rained recently so it was well packed and we were fine on our bikes. Might get a little loose if its very dry.

    Excellent well managed WMD they do some controlled burns. It was really cool to see such a variety of ecology - from swamp blooming with wild flowers by the st johns to more dry oak hammocks. To pine and palmettos, We will return!

    Alison Schultz added Track - Jun 12, 10:57 AM

    about 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz saved Black Point Beach

    over 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz added gualala

    over 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz saved Bodega Head Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz saved Muir Woods Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Alison Schultz reviewed Heritage Park Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    We started from the Concord trail head on the SCT which was very busy on a Saturday August morning. We quickly got onto the Heritage park trail that does not allow bikes, so was quieter but still many walkers and dog walkers. The paved switchbacks lead down to the creek and the mill ruins. Then the trail turns to a wide easy dirt path that follows the creek. There are multiple areas that you can access the creek and we allowed our dog to wade on leash and spash around. We walked east towards the Fontaine road trailhead. Wear bug spray! I was eaten alive! But it was a beautiful hike.

    Alison Schultz completed Heritage Park Trail

    almost 3 years ago