00/2018 South Regional Conference

Hello Alligator Amblers and Friends,

We now have more details on this year’s exciting South Regional Conference.   Each year, one of the five South Regional Chapters of the Florida Trail Association hosts a conference that includes both hikes and other outdoor activities as well as educational programs.

This year, the Happy Hoofers (Fort Lauderdale) chapter will host the event at the Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation in Tequesta, Florida on December 7-9.  They have put together a great program! Part of the program will be information about the history of the Fakahatchee and Loop Road. I will be there and hope to see as many of you as possible.  I’ve attached a flyer, a schedule, and a registration form. You need to complete the registration form and mail it to them to arrive by November 27th.

We will post more information on our websites, but you need to complete the form to register.  You can pitch a tent, bring your RV, bunk in a cabin or stay in a nearby motel.  It’s a great opportunity to meet other outdoor enthusiasts in South Florida.


 More information, description, schedule and registration form can be found on the Happy Hoofers website   http://hoofers.floridatrail.org/

201812 December Activity Calendar

December 2018

Saturday, 1 December  9am  Hike Sabal Palm Trail.  457 Sabal Palm Rd, Napoles, FL.  The trailhead is 3.2 miles east of Collier Blvd (CR951) on Sabal Palm Rd in the Picayune Strand State Forest.  Look for the trailhead sign on the right.  Lat-Long  26.095287  -81.634100   Description:  Hike 4.2 miles through flat pinewoods with cypress trees in areas that are in a slightly lower elevation.  The trail will pass by an active colong of endangered red cockaded woodpecker nest.  Portions of the trail may be wet so hikers should be prepared for wading in 12 inches of water.  Wear old tennis shoes or hiking boots.  Bring pleanty of water, light lunch or snack, bug spray, sunscreen, change of socks and shoes to ride home.  Optional: hiking sticks and binoculars.  Public invited.  Limit: 12 people.  Moderate difficulty.  RSVP to Carl 239-253-4255

Monday, 31 December  2018- 1 January 2019   NEW YEAR’S EVE CAMPOUT    at Mariposa, 1721 Rock Road, Naples.  Come for the evening or campout with us.  Plan to come about 4pm, but you can come earlier if you want to get set up.  Tents, RVs, vans welcome.  Bring a dish to share for the Monday evening meal, bring a lawn chair, beverage of choice and camping gear.  Have dinner, gather around the campfire and ring in the New Year.  The hosts will furnish breakfast on New Year’s Day.  Public invited, Leisure activity.  RSVP to Betty Wilson 239-298-2724 wilgoson@aol.com or Chuck 239-398-3820 flswampeagle@aol.com

201901 January Activity Calendar


Sunday, 6 January   9am  approximate duration 2 hours.  Leisure Hike.  Estero Bay Preserve State Park, Estero River trailhead at 4940 West Broadway, Estero, Fl 33926.  Off US41 in Estero.  Description:  Leisure 2 1/2 mile walk through scrub and salt marsh.  Viewing gopher tortoise, mangroves, fiddler crabs and birds.  Bring plenty of water, snack, sunscreen, hat and a change of shoes bacause you will be walking thru some mud and water.  Public invited.  Limit of 15 people.  Leisure hike.   RSVP to JoAnn 239-495-7644