Florida Trail – Stage 8 – South Florida

Start:  John Stretch Park Finish:  Loop Road Distance:  95.2 miles (153.2 km) Time:  3.5 days (January 12-15, 2012) Daily Average:  27.2 miles (43.8 km) Total Distance:  1137.6 miles (1830.4 km) Highlights: Big Cypress National Preserve: From I-75 down to Loop Rd., the trail consisted … Continue reading

Florida Trail – Stage 7 – Okeechobee West

Start:  SR 78 Finish:  John Stretch Park Distance:  55.5 miles (89.3 km) Time:  1.5 days (January 10-12, 2012) Daily Average:  37 miles (59.5 km) Total Distance:  1042.4 miles (1677.2 km) Highlights:                                                             Sunrise and sunset over Lake Okeechobee. Loads of alligators in the … Continue reading

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