North Florida Trailblazers Want Trail through Florida

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Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer

The North Florida Trailblazers, a chapter of the Florida Trail Association, is a First Coast group dedicated to the development and maintenance of a continuous trail from South Florida to the Panhandle.

The group sponsors several activities throughout North Florida and statewide. Activities are open to the public and are lead by certified activity leaders. All activities are free of charge except for usage fees charged by state parks or other recreational facilities.

Next weekend, the group will hit the trail for the Florida Trail Association's annual conference at Deerhaven Campground, in the Ocala National Forest near the Lake County town of Paisley. The keynote speaker will be Marsha Kearney, forest supervisor with the USDA Forest Service. Dave Startzell, executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conference, will appear as a special guest.

In addition to hiking, there will be numerous events and activities including kayaking, raffle, auction, flea market, photo contest and entertainment. For more information, call Paula Snellgrove at 291-9819 or visit, keyword: trailblazers.


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