Myakka Prairie hike

About two miles into Myakka Prairie, before 9 a.m., it was already getting warm. But the birds were still active — with a red-shouldered hawk on the move above the prairie, and a sandhill crane and yellow-crowned night heron wading one of the small marshes.

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Pine Ridge at Tiger Bay State Forest

We headed out for a Christmas Day afternoon hike along Tiger Bay State Forest's pine ridge.

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A hike at Victoria Bluff Preserve

This preserve has five-plus miles of lowcountry hiking trails through longleaf and tall slash pines.

One of the fire-break trails at Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area.

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Shell Point Trail, Pickney Island NWR

Tall pines line the interior of Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The above photo was taken a quarter-mile in where the pines shade the double-track gravel and grass Shell Point trail.

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Shaking Off the Rain

When I reached the small trail bridge the weather started to change. The wind kicked up and the rain came down steadily.

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Map of Virgina Key MTB “Pine Switchback” trail

Here is an aerial GPS map that shows the fast singletrack switchbacks in the southwestern corner of Virginia Key’s North Point trails.

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Hike at Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area

We wanted to try somewhere new, a hike that we didn’t have to drive to far to get to. So we headed out to Hypolouxo Scrub Natural Area. It turned out to be a nice late-afternoon hike through the flatwoods.

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Hitting the MTB Trails at Oleta (Video)

Getting air on Oleta State Park’s Volunteer Trail:

Greg defies gravity on Volunteer Trail

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