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I wanted to share the very positive responses I received in regards to the Suwannee area.
From Mr. Madden...
And from the park's manager...I spoke with both the park manager of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (SRWT) and also the Assistant Chief for our Northeast District. Hammocks are permitted at the campgrounds along the trail. In addition to the shelters, each campground has five primitive campsites. Hammock use is allowable only within these campsites and the shelters. Pets are certainly welcome on these primitive campsites Ė just not in the shelters.
The SRWT was offering hammock opportunities within the shelters long before we began the hammock pilot program for all state parks. We are excited to now also allow hammocks in the designated primitive campsites.
Thank you again for bringing this to our attention, and let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.
I really think the state is supporting this initiative. Let's make sure we clear the way before our trips to mitigate issues like this and definitely fill out the surveys.We want apologize for any misunderstanding that may have occurred. We felt that we were ahead of the trend by allowing hammock camping in our sleeping shelters. The blogger you quoted brings up some valid points that I will address. We support hammock camping and simply hadnít considered the dog and shelter rule. I do have Camp Host that come and go I will ensure that they are all brought up to date regarding us being hammock friendly even in our primitive sites. The blogger didnít speak to management regarding this issue. I have investigated and feel one of my staff may have mis-spoken with the blogger and wasnít aware of the issue with the dog in the shelter. Here nor there, Hammock campers should feel welcome to camp in either the shelters or the primitive sites where adequate anchor trees are located. We hope you have a great paddle.
Thanks again for all you do for us, JaxHiker!
BTW, someone has done a real nice job of clearing/maintaining the FT down around Rice Creek shelter. Looks great.
Something hidden. Go and find it. Go, and look behind the Ranges. Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you . . . Go! - Rudyard Kipling
You know, I have to say; being a half a world away, I am still very interested in this topic on HF. I can only imagine the amount of work jaxhiker and his contact with the state must have gone through, and continue to go through in efforts to bring this hobby in to light in the eyes of the Florida state parks. I can only hope that all who follow and hang in the fl state parks will obey the laws and allow this to continue in your state once this pilot period is over. My personal opinions aside, it is a wonderful program that was set up and I wish you all the best with it. And if it doesn't go through, jax you should still be allowed because of your efforts....
"We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it."- G. W. Sears
My forum name is Fish<><; I'm in the navy; and I hate sleeping on the ground. If I didn't need ground to walk on or measure resistance to, I think I could happily give it up.
Black Wolf and I just got back from a night at Blackwater River State Park. They sunk a trio of 6x6 poles along the back corner of the parking pad. It wasn't exactly primitive camping but the location was great (just a few sites down from the bath house). Overall the staff was very supportive and didn't seem put-out at all about installing the posts or answering questions. Let's keep it up....we seem to be making some headway.
yay congrats to all yall FL Hangers
I am hoping to hammock next week on vacation so I contacted Mr. Madden and got the following reply.
I have not heard back from Mr. Bateman, but the email address copied is Patrick.Bateman@dep.state.fl.usItís great to hear of your interest in hammock camping in Florida State Parks! I have recently changed positions, and Patrick Bateman (copied) is now the primary point of contact for our hammock camping pilot program.
Patrick will contact the park to see if any of the available campsites or primitive areas are suitable for hammocks, and then heíll get back in touch with you as soon as possible.
Should we be able to accommodate your request, Patrick will also provide you a link to our online survey. Weíre using the survey results as part of our decision making process on whether to offer hammock camping on a permanent basis.