So, next month I'm going to be hiking the FL Scenic Trail through Ocala National Forest. It'll be my first time hiking on the FL Trail, and I was hoping to pick the brains of those of you who've been on it before.
Right now, I'm committed to those dates (subject, of course, to family emergencies, work emergencies, emergencies in general, and the Emergency Room ). What I'm not committed to thus far is my exact route.
I have the FL Trail maps for ONF, and the databook that goes along with them. Right now, I'm thinking about doing the southern section, from the Clearwater Lake trailhead to the Hopkins Prairie Campground trailhead.
Is there anything along the FL Trail in ONF that is a must-see? I'm willing to alter my route if there's anything that is particularly spectacular.
If not, is there anything that I should know that isn't normal for this season and latitude (e.g.: make sure you carry lots of water, finish your hike before 2 PM if possible, camp near water, bring lots of bug juice, keep an eye out for the crawlies, make sure you leave an itinerary, etc.) on the trail? I mean, after hearing about LilRicky's experience at Hidden Pond, I'm obviously going to be on my toes with the other humans in the area (gotta love your fellow man), but is there anything else?
Also, if anyone wants to join up for a day hike or even the whole thing, feel free to drop a line here or send me a PM.