Florida Trail – Stage 6 – Kissimmee River

Start:  CR 523 Finish:  SR 78 Distance:  104.6 miles (168.3 km) Time:  3.5 days (January 7-10, 2012) Daily Average:  29.9 miles (48.1 km) Total Distance:  986.9 miles (1588 km) Highlights: Three Lakes WMA: Alligators, wild hogs, whooping cranes, gorgeous sunset and a … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 5 – Eastern Corridor

Start:  The 88 Store, Ocala National Forest Finish:  CR 523 Distance:  231.2 miles (372 km) Time:  7.5 days (December 30, 2011 – January 6, 2012) Daily Average:  30.8 miles  (49.6 km – including a zero day for New Years with friends in Orlando) Total … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 4 – North Florida

Start:  Winquepin St./CR 255 Finish:  The 88 Store, Ocala National Forest Distance:  217.4 miles (349.9 km) Time:  7 days (December 24-30, 2011) Daily Average:  31.1 miles (50 km) Total Distance: 651.1 miles (1047.7 km) Highlights:  Suwannee River: Despite the low water … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 3 – Eastern Panhandle

Start:  Apalachicola River Finish:  Winquepin St./CR 255 Distance:  198.6 miles (319.6 km) Time:  6.5 days ( December 17-23, 2011) Daily Average:  30.6 miles (49.2 km) Total Distance:  433.7 miles (697.8 km) Highlights: St Mark’s Wildlife Refuge: Founded in 1931, St Mark’s was one … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 2 – Western Panhandle

Start:  Harold Finish:  Apalachicola River Distance:  175.1 miles (281.8 km) Time:  5 days (December 12-16, 2011) Daily Average:  35 miles (56.3 km) Total Distance:  235.1 miles (378.3 km) Highlights: Ecofina creek: In particularly a very welcome afternoon swim at the … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 1 – Western Gate

Start:  Fort Pickens Finish:  Harold Time:  2 days (December 10-11, 2011) Distance:  60 miles (97 km) Daily Average:  30 miles (48.5 km) Highlights: Fort Pickens Historical Site: Built between 1829 and 1834, this scenically set garrison was one of only four forts which … Continue reading

SST – Stage 4 – Benton Mackaye Trail

Distance:  299 miles (481 km) – This total includes the extra 3 miles from Standing Bear Farm to Davenport Gap, as well as the additional 8.8 miles from Springer mountain down to Amicoala State Park trailhead. Start:  Davenport Gap, TN Finish:  Springer Mountain, … Continue reading

SST – Part 3 – AT/Smokies

Distance:  95 miles (153 km) Start: Cheoah Bald, NC Finish:  Green Corner Rd, TN (turnoff to Standing Bear Farm) Time:  3.5 days (Nov.13 to Nov.16) Daily Average:  27.1 miles Highlights: Hot showers at the Fontana Dam shelter; affectionately known by long … Continue reading

SST – Stage 2 – Bartram Trail

Distance:  116 miles (187 km) Start:  Russell Bridge, GA Finish:  Cheoah Bald, NC Time:  4.5 days (early Nov.8 to Nov.12) Daily Average:  25.8 miles (41.5 km) Highlights: The Georgia section of the Bartram Trail (about 38 miles) is distinguished by wonderful engraved … Continue reading

SST – Stage 1 – Foothills & Chattooga Trails

Distance:  73 miles approx. (117 km) Start:  Table Rock State Park, SC Finish:  Russell Bridge, SC/GA border Time:  3 days (late Nov.5 to early Nov.8 ) Daily Average:  24.3 miles (29.1 km) Highlights: Fall colours: Around the lower elevations of … Continue reading

IAT – Stage 3 – Maine

Distance:  114 miles (183.4 km) Time:  3.5 days (10/16/11 – 10/19/2011) Daily Average:  32.6 miles (52.4 km) Total Distance:  624 miles (1004 km) Highlights: Mt.Katahdin – The southern terminus of the IAT and the jewel of Baxter State Park. The name … Continue reading