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[ft-l] Need Some Boy Scout help - Trail Segment Recommendation??


I have brought my troop the following places for successful weekend trips of
15 miles.  You can also arrange a short introductory trip of 4 to 6 miles
(suitable for camping merit badge) at these locations:

Jonathon Dickenson:  Has a youth camping area, canoeing, nice regular
campsites.  For backpacking, it has a short distance backpack site about 4-5
miles from the trailhead, and a longer one, about 8 miles or so.  Youth
camping area and backpack sites are cheap, but make reservations.

Tosohatchee Wildlife Reserve:  Has a youth camping area where you could stay
Friday nite, hike the CW loop about 10 miles to one of 2 backpack sites.
Hike about 4 miles back to youth camp on Sunday.  Free, need reservations.
Florida Trail goes thru it.

Hal Scott:  I was there last weekend with the troop.  Nice Campsite 1.7
miles from parking lot.  2 nice campsites on other side of river.  NEW
bridge over river.  Various loops to hike to make distance on Saturday.
FREE.  Make reservations with St Johns Water Management District.

Bull Creek:  Can start at 192, follow Florida Trail south about 7 miles to
backpack campsite.  I think you need reservations.  Should be free.

Ocala Forest:  Easiest trip is to leave cars at Juniper Springs ($10.00 per
car per nite).  Hike 5 miles to Hidden Pond (north).  Return next day.  OR,
go south longer distance to Farles Parry.  Many other possibilities at

For a quickie in Brevard,:  C54 (St Sebastion River Preserve).  Numerous
campsites, but lots of open sugar sand.  Good for introductory and close by.

Good luck and have fun.

Mike Otten (mojo)
ASM Troop 734
Palm Bay

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry Spruill" <jspruill@cfl.rr.com>
To: <ft-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:43 PM
Subject: [ft-l] Need Some Boy Scout help - Trail Segment Recommendation??

> Greetings,
> I am a Florida Trail Member, and also an assistant scoutmaster for a Boy
> Scout Troop here in Central Brevard County.  Here's my query:
> The boys want to do a weekend Backpacking trip where we drive in on Friday
> Night - Camp, then pack up and knock down a few miles on the trail, camp
> overnight, finish up early on Sunday and head home.  I'd need about 10 -
> miles for Saturday, and I'd like it to be an interesting trail.  What I
> is, something that takes a little orienteering, or at least paying
> to the FL-T markers for the boys.  Also, although I am a member, the boys
> the troop are not, so that might affect where we can get in to.
> I am lobbying here for some suggestions of trail segments that fit the
> criteria of "good trail, mildly technical, and interesting scenery".
> We typically try to limit our drives to about 2.5 - 3.0 hours max, one
> so that gives us a very wide range of destinations from the Melbourne
> We generally prefer to travel North from Melbourne to vary the climate and
> terrain a bit.
> If I have not provided enough info to get a good response, feel free to
> email me and ask for more details.
> I asked this very question last summer and got a few excellent responses
> from Kenneth Smith and Mark Nickerson and still may consider Mark's
> suggestion for the Ocala NF from Clearwater Lake to Alexander Springs, but
> are still considering something further north.    I also hear Juniper
> Springs to Hidden Pond might be a good alternative.
> We are now backpacking / camping in March, and are looking for a Florida
> Trail Segment.  A few of us are looking to check the route a few weekends
> before taking the boys out just to familiarize ourselves with the area.
> Thanks in advance!
> Jerry Spruill
> Troop 224, Melbourne, Florida
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