Be active while enjoying nature in your Florida State Parks.
Join us for a walk of approximately 3 miles on the La Chua Trail.
Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot.
We will walk at a pace that suits the group, or you're welcome to move at your own pace. If you're not up for the full 3 miles, you can rest and wait on a bench along the way, then join up with us again on our return, or simply turn around whenever you're ready. Join us and do what you can, and perhaps the next week you may be able to go a little further. On a similar note, if you'd like to keep your heart rate up and move a little faster, you're welcome to go your own pace and we'll catch up to you at the overlook or when we return.
Check the weather and dress accordingly. Bring a water bottle - there is a water fountain near the parking lot, but not anywhere else along the walk.
Please RSVP so that we can contact you if anything changes or the walk is cancelled for any reason.
Our intention is to offer Wellness Walks throughout the year, so if you're looking for a new routine to get out and be active, join us and we can help to keep you motivated!
Join us the 1st Saturday of every month November through April to learn about birds and enjoy the park. 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Children are very welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Some loaner binoculars will be available. All sessions involve gentle walks of 1 mile or more on trails.
Topic and meeting location varies for each session.
Sessions are free, but Park Admission fees apply.
Register for individual sessions.
Limit 20 people per session.
These programs fill quickly so reserve your spot today!
Session meeting location: La Chua Trail
Topic: Bird Migration. Understanding migration patterns and keeping checklists of birds seen. Walk La Chua Trail.
Meet at La Chua Trailhead parking lot.
Pre-registration is required and details are subject to change. Please register so we can contact you regarding changes.
Photography and/or Video may be taken during this event.
Get out in nature and be active on National Walking Day!
Come meet Florida Cracker Horses from the Florida Park Service parade team. They will be in the historic Camp Ranch Barn on La Chua Trail from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. A park ranger will be present to answer questions about cracker horses.
Hosted by the Freewheel Project, here are the details from their event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1304834472941166/
Join the Freewheel Project, and Everything is Tourrible for a weekend celebration of bikes and parks. In honor of National Bike Your Park Day we will be leading an overnight bike trip to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. If you have ever thought about trying bike touring this trip is for you! If you are touring pro and want to meet other cyclists this trip is for you! If you are total loaner and just want to smash out a million miles we can accommodate! Our goal is get every one of the 50 campsites at Paynes Prairie filled up with a cyclist!
We will be taking a scenic route down and back to the park. On the way there we'll taking the "long way" taking the Hawthorne Trail to 325 then through beautiful Micanopy for... a total of 22 miles. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/ bTmcXBiBMCp
On the way back we'll be taking a slightly shorter route going up 234 to connect back up to the Hawthorne trail for a total of 17 miles. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/ Am97CZRj9Fm
Also if any of these distances sound too long there is an option for the very direct but less nice route straight up 441 back in town if needed. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/ BThxF2n18522
You do not have to join in the group ride for this trip, but we will be leading no drop group rides to and from the park. We will be leaving Saturday morning from Freewheel at 10:00am. On Sunday we will be leaving the park at 12:00pm for the ride back and should be back in town by 3:00pm on Sunday
If you are interested in coming please book your site today. Bookings can be made online here: http:// floridastateparks.reserveam erica.com/camping/ paynes-prairie-sp/r/ campgroundDetails.do?contra ctCode=FL&parkId=281092
Sites are $26 after all the fees and can accommodate up to 2 tents. If you are plan on coming please make a reservation or coordinate about sharing a site with someone who has.
More details will be coming but save the date and book your site! Still at the very early planning but we might even run some supply cars for folks who aren't able to carry gear on their bicycles.
If you have any questions about your bicycle or camping gear please don't hesitate to ask.