Seminole State Forest

Hiking the Florida Trail in the Seminole State Forest

I’ve hiked in a lot of areas in Central Florida, but one of my favorites is the section of the Florida Trail located in the Seminole State Forest. The forest includes an 8 mile section of the Florida trail as well as 2 other smaller trails. I’ve visited the forest a few times over the last weeks; once on my own and the other with Justin from The Weekend Warrior. It’s a great spot to get in a day hike or camp at one of the campsites along the way. Continue reading

Chuluota Wilderness Area trail

Florida Trail: Chuluota Wilderness Area to Orlando Wetlands Park

In order to prepare for my recent A.T. hike in the Nantahala National Forest, I went on a few full-pack training hikes. One of those hikes was a 13 mile stretch of the Florida Trail. I started at the Chuluota Wilderness Area trailhead, went through Joshua Creek in the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area, and ended at the Orlando Wetlands Park. This stretch of the Florida Trail takes you through a number of interesting and unique areas and is definitely worth the time to explore.

Continue reading

nantahala-featured

Hiking the A.T. in the Nantahala National Forest

Each year I try to take a backpacking trip up north during the summer. In the past, I’ve gone to the Chattooga River in South Carolina and Grayson Highlands in Virginia. This year my friend Travis and I decided to hike part of the Appalachian trail in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. The plan was to hike 30 miles from Rock Gap to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). With a couple weeks of planning and conditioning hikes we were ready to hit the trail.

Continue reading

RoqBloq Bluetooth Speaker

Gear Review – RoqBloq Bluetooth Speaker

Not too long ago if you wanted to have music in the outdoors that meant bringing along your trusty, old radio with around 8 D cell batteries. Now that everyone has a cell phone with them in the woods you always have a collection of music with you. The only issue is making sure that you have a quality speaker with you that’s tough enough to handle your adventures. A new company out of Idaho called RuggedTec is here to help with that. RuggedTec has come out with a new water-resistant, dust, and shock proof bluetooth speaker called the RoqBloq.

Continue reading

Nantahala Map

Upcoming Hike on the Appalachian Trail: Rock Gap to Nantahala Outdoor Center

Over the last few summers I have had the opportunity to take a few backpacking trips up north. Back in 2012 I hiked along the Chattooga river in South Carolina. In 2013, it was Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia. This year I’m heading up to North Carolina to hike 30 miles of the Appalachian trail in the Nantahala Mountains.

Continue reading

new_photo_gallery_featured

Updated Photo Galleries

I have been neglecting the photo galleries on the site for a little while, so with the long weekend I decided to do some updating. Now you’ll find a new layout and carousel on each gallery. Just click on an image to bring up the carousel. Also, the galleries will work better when you are on your phone or tablet.

Besides the updated look I’ve added two new galleries: Rock Springs Run Reserve and Kissimmee Prairie State Park. Two great locations that you should check out.

I hope you like the changes and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Exploring the parks and trails of Central Florida