Have you ever wanted to camp on the beach along the Florida panhandle? If you’re willing to make the 5 hour drive from Orlando to St. George Island State Park and then hike the 2.5 mile trail through sugar sand, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best camping locations I’ve been to so far.
You may have noticed that I took a couple of weeks off during the busy holidays from my regular posts. Now that we’re into 2014, I’m back and looking forward to putting together some great posts in the coming year. Below are a few of the topics I plan on covering as well as goals for myself.
There are about a million options when picking out new hiking boots. Which brand do you go with? Do you go with standard boots or trail runners? If you’re in the market for a new pair you should definitely give the Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX hiking boots a look.
As I was going back through my old photos I came across some shots from a camping trip my wife and I took to the Florida Caverns State Park. Even though this trip was back in 2011, I thought it was well worth a review. We chose this park because it seemed to have a lot of interesting activities that would justify the 4 hour and 45 minute drive from Orlando. After our visit we can definitely say it’s worth the trip.
Near Sanford, FL is a stretch of 7,000 acres of land that seems to seldom get visitors. This area is known as the Lake Monroe Conservation Area. The conservation area is almost entirely wetlands as it is a floodplain for Lake Monroe. A friend and I decided to go for a day hike and enjoy the cooler weather. I was also doing some gear testing for Mosquitno Bandz and Spotz. Neither one of us had been to this area before, so we decided to go and check it out. It turned out to not be the most exciting group of trails I’ve been to, but if you live in Seminole country it may be worth a visit.
If you live in Florida you know that dealing with mosquitoes is a never-ending battle. Depending on the time of year their numbers can go down, but they never really go away completely. When I heard about the Mosquitno Bandz and Spotz which promised to repel mosquitoes for up to 6 days, I thought it was definitely worth a shot.
Back in February my Dad, brother, and I decided to plan a camping trip. Since my Dad lives up in Gainesville we went with O’Leno State Park. O’Leno is located in High Springs, Florida which made for a quick 40 minute drive. The park seemed to have some interesting places to check out so we decided it was worth a visit.
If you’re looking for a great park in Central Florida for day hiking, then Rock Springs Run State Reserve is the answer. Rock Springs Run is a 14,000 acre section of land in Sorrento, FL and offers miles of trails to explore. The park is about 30 miles from Orlando, so it’s easy to get to. The park itself is very sparse in terms of amenities, but it’s perfect if you’re looking for a great place to do some day hiking.