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[ft-l] Ocala-area hikes



Cricket,
Thanks for all the good information.  Wow you guys are helpful!

Steve

Cricket wrote:

> Florida State Parks don't allow hunting.  Silver River State Park DOES allow
> dogs. View the State Park Pet policy at
> http://www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/information/petpolicy.htm  The trails in
> SRSP are signed Hiking Only, but the weekend I spent there bicycles were all
> over the hiking trails.  Not enough to bother the hikers or have a great
> impact on the trail surface, but enough to let me know that the park is not
> going to enforce the separation of hiking and biking trails.  Also, the park
> camping (as in all Florida State Parks) is set up for RV camping, meaning
> all sites are gravel-filled.  So, if you are planning on tent camping, be
> sure to bring thick mattresses.  And, altho new, this park is becoming very
> popular as people find out about it.  Snow birds were starting to set up for
> the season when I was there 3 weekends ago.  You'll probably need
> reservations to camp there.
>
> Marshal Swamp MAY allow small game hunting this year, but I don't think
> Office of Greenways and Trails is going to allow general gun hunting this
> year.  Hunting on the Cross Florida Greenways is a little uncertain right
> now as they work out their regulations with FFWCC.  You can get more info at
> http://www.floridadep.org/secretary/comm/2001/01-175.htm and
> http://www.floridadep.org/gwt/ On the Cross Florida Greenway there are
> separate hiking, biking and equestrian trails within the same corridor.
> They share some sections of trail (at road crossings, around camping areas
> and trailheads, for example).  Again, the different tracks are signed, but
> no one is out there to enforce the policies.
>
>
> > Hi Sandy,
> > Thanks Again!  They all are within my range, of course I'm spoiled since I
> live about 3.5 miles from the AT here in PA and actually cross it everyday
> on my way to work.
> > Are these trails hiking only, or will we  run into bikes, horses etc?  Can
> I take a leashed dog?  Do I need to wear orange?  They all sound like great
> suggestions and we'll  be sure to try the Silver Springs SP trails.
> > Did I say Thanks Again!