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    where's a good place in North FL to go on a 2-3 day trip that will allow you to hang? trying to plan a trip after christmas.

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    Between Suwannee River State Park and Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs. Use maps 13 & 14 (same piece of paper) from the Florida Trails Association office. Depends on how many miles you want to hike a day. Another really pretty area is the Aucilla Sink area on FTA's map 11. It's only about twelve miles between road walks, but the geography is unique. Also, get maps 9 & 10. The Apalachicola National Forest is a nice place to hike.

    There are a lot of other areas along the Florida National Senic Trail as well. I've never had a problem hanging except inside the state parks, but you don't have to stay in them. You can just leave a car (if you are starting or stopping in one of them) and hike out of the parks within a mile or two of your car before you're on trail where you can hang without restrictions.

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    Since you're in Starke I'd either hit Osceola or Ocala. I'm hitting the former this weekend so I can give you an accurate report on current conditions next week. Hitting the trail Fri morning at Olustee and looking to exit at Deep Creek on Sun.

    I did Ocala last month through Juniper Springs Wilderness to Hopkins Prairie. There were sections that were horribly choked with storm debris. I believe the FTA was in there the next week cleaning it up. You can read my blog for more info and a link to my gallery. Use the right-hand nav, go to Sept, and click on each day. The gallery is actually under Oct.

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    ok thanks guys. i was actually thinking of Suwannee so i think ill check that out and Ocala is only about an hour away so I might do both.

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    yeah in Ocala National there is a nice looking 34 mile segment of the FL Senic Trail that goes by a few springs and such so 10 a day seems pretty good. im getting excited. too bad i can't go for a few more months lol

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    Although I've only hiked about 1/2 mile of the Florida Trail, and that was in 1995, the Florida Trail through the Bradwell Bay Wilderness south of Tallahassee seems pretty cool.

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    Well, after talking to my contact at the FTA it sounds like I might have a rough time tomorrow. She said that the Osceola section is in bad shape. They've 4-5 work weekends planned starting tomorrow through Nov to clean it up. I might be doing some bushwacking for them. That won't be any fun.

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