While hiking in Hal Scott Preserve I came across a situation that bothered me enough that I felt I needed to make a full post out of it. I was walking along a portion of the Preserve that is off limits to camping. As I rounded a corner, I saw a couple of chairs and a still smoldering fire. I hadn’t seen many people that day and thought I would at least ask the campers how the night went. As I got closer I didn’t see anyone. A little closer and I saw what was going on. A group of people had spent the night partying and just left in the morning. There were beer and liquor bottles everywhere and an empty gas can tossed to the side. The gas can made sense because earlier I had heard a dirt bike in the distance. That must have been how they made their way in and then left.
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.
You’ve heard a lot of talk about camping and you’ve finally decided to give it a shot. Great! But you don’t want to spend a ton of money on gear right off the bat. I completely get it. This guide will help you get started with the absolute minimum amount of gear for car camping. I say car camping, because I’m going to focus on the sort of camping where you can drive right up to the campsite. Once you’re used to this type of camping you can move onto backpacking, which will require more specialized items.
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.
Now that we’re nearing the end of October, the cold weather has started to creep in across the country. If you read any camping blogs or magazines you may have noticed that a lot of the articles are talking about packing it up for the season. Discussions on hiking and camping are quickly changing to skiing and cold weather gear. Luckily if you live in Florida you’re just getting started!
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.