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[ft-l] Green Swamp?
Deb's correct on all counts. You need a permit to camp, for sure.
The "pond" she describes at Gator Hole was still there when we passed
through - however it was low, thick and very green. Rather nasty stuff.
Better water can be found east of 471 about a quarter mile east of the Trial
Ford capsite, where the railroad bridge crosses the Withlacoochee. THe
river's mostly dry, but there area couple of ponds that are clear enough to
get water from.
Hope this helps.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cricket" <D_Blick@email.msn.com>
To: <FTCracker@aol.com>; "Florida Trail Mailing List" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: [ft-l] Green Swamp?
> I think you are referring to Gator Hole campsite. There are 4 designated
> campsites in GSW and you must camp in the designated sites and must have
> prior permission to do so. Permission takes 10-14 days to obtain. Call
> 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4470. No permission is required for hiking through
> there, just for overnight camping.
> From SR 471 to trail in Richloam the mileages are as follows:
> 0.0 - 471 Trailhead parking area
> 1.3 - Gator Hole campsite
> 5.8 - Blue-blaze trail to River Road Trailhead (1.8 miles) near Dade City
> 7.6 - Concession Stand campsite
> 11.1 - Foster Bridge campsite
> 16.4 - High Bluff campsite
> 17.5 - Devils Creek
> 18.2 - Richloam intersection
> Last time I was out (2 weeks ago) there was water at:
> Gator Hole (in a very small pond on the FNST about 500 ft north of
> Foster Bridge (via 900 ft blue-blaze to Withlacoochee River);
> High Bluff (via 300 ft blue-blaze to Withlacoochee River);
> Devils Creek
> There is also potable water at an outside faucet at the house just inside
> the locked gate on River Rd. You can see the house from the blue-blaze
> No pitcher pumps have been installed yet. Bill Summers and crew are still
> working on that, but with the drought they haven't been able to find water
> yet. They will first be putting one in near Concession Stand.
> > Pam,
> > on your Green Swamp hike, do you recall if there was a campsite about
> > miles north of the Withlacoochee River Bridge (Hwy 471), after you pass
> > through that new gated area for Green Swamp West? And would you know (or
> > would Deb know) if there is a pitcher pump at that campsite? Rich and I
> > headed out there next weekend.
> > Thanks, Sandy
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