STA Club Rides

St. Marks Rail Trail—Saturday, October 21, @ 10:00 am.

Ride contact: Katrina Ward 850-459-6276.

Directions from Tallahassee: Take Woodville Hwy south. After you enter Wakulla County and pass Summerwind, look for a junk yard with sign “Auto Parts” on the right. Turn right on the road south of it (Cumberland Trace). When you get to the stop sign at Old Woodville Hwy, turn left and travel about two blocks. You will see the entrance to the trailhead on the right. When you turn in, take the first road to the right as the parking for horse trailers is in the woods to the north.

There are bathrooms, picnic tables and water at this trailhead.

STA Quarterly Meeting @ Ft. Braden—Saturday, October 28 @ 10:00 am.

Enjoy riding through hardwoods, hills and creeks at Ft. Braden. The Ft. Braden Equestrian trails have won best riding trails in North Florida numerous times! The two equestrian trail loops are approximately five miles each in length. You can explore a range of different ecosystems and enjoy the stunning views of Lake Talquin. Riders should expect an amazing trail that will include low water crossings, steep inclines, winding trails, and wildlife sitings. We will ride for about 2 hours and then meet at the picnic tables for lunch and a short meeting. Lunch will be provided but please bring your own beverage. RSVP to Wendy Trawick 850-509-3913 so we know how much food to provide.

Directions: From Tallahassee: Go west 8.7 miles on Highway 20 from Capital Circle Southwest. Entrance road will be on the right. There is a $2.00 entree fee for each person riding with an honor system envelope box on your left.

Rivers Road, - Saturday, November 4 @ 10:00.

Enjoy mostly single-tract dirt trails and the gently rolling Munson Hills on either the red, yellow, orange, or blue trails. The equestrian trails are marked with painted metal markers on the trees. There are also multi-use trails (pink and orange) that are marked with paint blazes directly on the trees. From 1 ½ to 3 hours, depending on the trail. Ride contact Sue Noyes 850-893-0277.
Directions from Tallahassee: Go 1.2 miles south of Capital Circle on Crawfordville Hwy. Turn right (west) on Rivers Road (there is an old abandoned building immediately before you turn right on Rivers Road) and go to the end of pavement and park under the power lines.
Directions from Crawfordville: Take either Hwy. 61 or Hwy. 319 north. Rivers Road is the first road on the left past the Hwy. 61/319 merge (there is an old abandoned building immediately before you turn left on Rivers Road) and go to the end of pavement and park under the power lines. There are no accommodations at this trailhead.

Crowder Farm—Benefit Ride for Triple R Rescue—Saturday, November 18 @ 10:00am.

Come and ride with us at the beautiful Crowder Farm in Lamont, FL! There is a $10.00 fee and food will be there available for purchase after the ride. For more details, look for the flyer in this newsletter.

St. Marks River Preserve State Park—Saturday, November 25 @ 10:00 am

This will be a 2-3 hour ride. There are several trails all marked with different colors. It is a good idea to refer to the map at the kiosk prior to riding, if not familiar with this park. The terrain is generally flat and at times made up of thick loose dirt. Not much shade on this ride, so heat of the summer can be oppressive. Deer are frequently spotted and once in a long while, bear. Please bring bug spray in case the bugs are active as this park tends to be buggy. Ride contact Ron Tuttle 850-339-3741.
Directions from Tallahassee: From Capital Circle, Turn east onto Tram Road and continue past WW Kelly Road for almost 3 miles. There is a sign on the right side of Tram (State Parks brown sign with white/yellow lettering) about 1,000 ft before entrance. When you see Bobby Godwin Road on the left, the next drive is the entrance to the State Park. There are picnic tables at this trailhead.

Lost Lake—Saturday, December 2 @ 10:00 am.

Enjoy 2-3 hours of riding through pines and hardwoods and finishing up with a swim at Sand Lake or similar lake. When there is enough rainfall, Sand Lake is clear with a hard sand bottom and horses love to stand and float in it with their humans on hot days. There are separate motorcycle trails on the other side of this forest area from where we ride. Ride Contact Ron Tuttle 850-339-3741.
Directions from Tallahassee: Take Springhill Road south past Capital Circle for approximately 3 miles. Turn right into Lost Lake/Mountain Bike Recreation area. Pull up to honor system box and fill out and deposit form for horse trailer. Equestrian users do not have to pay. Take first right and park on the far right on the gravel parking area. Ride your horse back to the main park driveway and turn right until road dead ends. Keep riding over the dirt hill, and in a little while, the trail will open up to Sand Lake on your right. There are bathrooms and picnic areas at the parking area.

Ft. Braden—Saturday, December 9 @ 10:00 am.

Enjoy 2-3 hours of riding through hardwoods, hills and creeks at Ft. Braden. The Ft. Braden Equestrian trails have won best riding trails in North Florida numerous times! The two equestrian trail loops are approximately five miles each in length. You can explore a range of different ecosystems and enjoy the stunning views of Lake Talquin. Riders should expect an amazing trail that will include low water crossings, steep inclines, winding trails, and wildlife sitings. The trailhead has a vaulted restroom (no water) and picnic pavilion. Midpoint on the trail is a beautiful picnic pavilion with hitching posts that overlook the lake. A primitive group campsite with three small corrals is available by special use permit from the Lake Talquin Forest office at 865 Geddie Rd. in Tallahassee at (850) 681-5953. For more information go to http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Lake-Talquin-State-Forest. Ride Contact Tram Brittle 850-661-2836.
Directions: From Tallahassee: Go west 8.7 miles on Highway 20 from Capital Circle Southwest. Entrance road will be on the right. There is a $2.00 entree fee for each person riding with an honor system envelope box on your left.

Phipps Park—Saturday, December 16 @ 10:00 am.

Enjoy a 2-3 hour ride through wooded single tract trails, double tract trails and open fields. Ride Contact Sharon Haughton 850-933-0144.
Directions: Meridian Road to Miller Landing Road. Drive approximately .50-.75 mile, to the entrance marked Gate A on left. Enter through the gate and park in field. The combination is last month/this month (07/08). If that combination does not work, try the next to last month/last month. Please keep the gate closed. There is a porta potty and picnic tables at the trailhead.

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