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Florida Trails Association Indian River Chapter

Indian River Chapter

Florida Trails Association

For members in Florida Counties: Brevard and Indian River.

Chapter Meetings:
1st Monday of the month, 6:30 PM
Melbourne Public Library
Located at Fee Ave, Melbourne, FL

P.O. Box 832, Melbourne, FL 32902

Your Go-To Place for the latest information:

The Indian River Chapter of the Florida Trail Association

is responsible for creating and maintaining trails in the East Central Florida area. We are one of several chapters of the Florida Trail Association located around the state each responsible for trails in their area. We usually hold monthly meetings in the Public Library in Melbourne on Fee Street on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM but a couple of times a year we decide we have had enough meetings and have a picnic instead, by demand of the membership.

In addition to our trail building we also hold scheduled hikes on trails in our area and sometimes beyond, nothing formal but whatever seems to present itself. The hikes we do do are scheduled in advance and open to the public except when they are on private property and depending on the landowner

If you want to participate in one of the hikes it is suggested that you call the hike leader as listed in the schedule and confirm that the hike will be held as scheduled. Sometimes, because of factors such as weather and high water levels, some hikes may be rescheduled for other areas or delayed to a later date. See the links below for schedules of upcoming hikes.

Gary W. (Co-Organizer)'s November 4, 2019 message:

It's been pretty wet out there. We've had a lot of rain, but what we've noticed is that many of our hiking venues which we frequent are having issues with inadequate water drainage out of the preserves. At least this is what we have observed at Fox Lake and Pine Island, and I am certain that this is the case for many of our venues. So we need to start later this year, and attempt some of our "upland" hikes first.

We are saddened by Jim Escoffier's decision to step down from leading our hikes this year. I am certain that he has some important reasons for doing so, but I am happy to report that Jim will still be joining us on several of our hikes planned for this year. We have some "big boots" to fill, which we cannot do. We will try our best to provide an excellent variety of hiking venues of easy to moderate, and occasionally, a much longer hike, like Doris Leeper in Volusia County, which everyone enjoys.

Many of our hikes will begin at 9AM this year, particularly those of shorter duration. Notices for our hikes will continue to be posted on, but if anyone is in need of an email announcement, we can accommodate that. And several more are to be announced along the way. So, don't forget to join us this year, as our leadership team will do everything that they can to ensure that you can continue enjoying hiking through our beautiful hammock preserves of central Florida, while enjoying the camaraderie of seeing our old friends, and many new friends that we will make. And, of course, any suggestions or comments that you might have that you believe can enhance our effort to continue offering these hikes will always be welcomed and seriously considered .

See you on the trails,

Signed, our leadership committee this year:
Gary Wasserman, David Newkirk, Janine Homery, Marcia Brown

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Tosohatchee trail head

Blue Springs trail head
Blue Springs

Tentative new schedule for the coming season.
All hikes meet at designated areas at 8:30am.
For questions, call 321-453-1586 or e-mail


11/13/2019Cherie Down Park Dave N
11/20/2019Sandhills Conservation Area of EconlockhatcheeGary W
12/4/2019 Little Big Econ: Barr St.- Kolokee trailGary W
12/11/2019Orlando WetlandsDave N
12/27/2019Doris LeeperGary W
1/8/2020Bull CreekDave N
1/15/2020Prairie LakesGary W
1/22/2020Triple N RanchDave N
1/29/2020Fox LakeGary W
2/5/2020Pine IslandDave N
2/12/2020Enchanted ForestGary W
2/26/2020Little Big Econ: Barr St to Lockwood)Gary W
3/11/2020Orlando WetlandsGary W
3/18/2020South TosohatcheeDave N
4/8/2020Ulumay Trail, Merritt IslandGary W
4/22/2020Doris LeeperGary W
5/7/2020South BeachesDavid N

All of the Wednesday hikes are between four and seven miles in length and will meet at one of four places at 8:30 am. The hike locations are tentative because accessability can change (bridges out, wildfires, etc.) but we will always meet at the scheduled place at the scheduled time.

For updates call 321-453-1586 or e-mail

A copy of this schedule and directions to the trails from the meeting places are online at:

Directions to the trails from the meeting places are online at:

Meeting place addresses:
Lowe's Titusville: hwy 50 and I-95 — Sam's Melbourne: hwy 192 near I-95
Sam's Cocoa: hwy 520 and I-95 — Lone Cabbage: hwy 520 and St. John's River

Florida Trail information online at

In the Orlando Wetlands. From the Cruickshank trail.
Seen on the Prarie Lakes trail. A beautiful find at Sams House.
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FTA Indian River Chapter News

TRAIL MAPS - Jim Escoffier - Picasa Web Albums

The Space Coast Hiking Meetup Group

Jim Escoffier's Gallery of Photos and Thoughts of the Trail

Jim & Nancy's Chapter hike schedule
Jim & Nancy's directions to hiking trails
Space Coast Hiking