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Scouting Hampton Tract of the Green Swamp Preserve, Monday February 25, 2013

February 25, 2013

I had not hiked any of the Green Swamp for almost a decade. When I looked at my maps and discovered that some of the Florida National Scenic Trail passed through there, I was excited to develop a good route for anther local mufti night backpacking trip. I am also interested in developing a back country fishing outings, and maybe even a back country frog gigging outing!

My plan is to do local sections of the FNT on day trips, and do some larger sections at other times (see Spring to Spring Backpack!.) Today I walked north in the Hampton Preserve in the Green Swamp Preserve.

The Trailhead at Hampton Tract

The Trailhead at Hampton Tract

The Trail begins at the Hampton Gate and follows Buddy Sutton Grade, an improved road. There are numerous side trails that could be made into loops.  The wide tract could be excellent for a night hike to look at the stars.

It is a good idea to always bring my bicycle when scouting

It is a good idea to always bring my bicycle when scouting

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There were numerous signs of birds but I can not recognize all of their calls, except for cardinals and an eagle. I ended up hiking three hours, enough to notice the clouds changing and the wind changing.

Looks like some Fox scat to me!

Looks like some Fox scat to me!

Hikes like these are excellent for training for one can begin to feel the heat and the fatigue and enjoy the outdoors.

Faint Purple flowers along much of the roadside

Faint Purple flowers along much of the roadside

Depressions such as these are common in the Green Swamp

Depressions such as these are common in the Green Swamp

After the three hour hike, I followed Rock Ridge Road to the trail head at the Rock Ridge Road entrance. The road was beautiful, at one point drifting into a swamp with the characteristic wetland trees such as cypress. There was a huge congregation of turkey vultures feasting on a wild boar carcass on the side of the road. Unlike Hampton Tract, the Rock Ridge entrance features direct access to the FNT. I couldn’t wait to scout this part of the trail for there are some great campsites and opportunity for back country fishing!

Rock Ridge Road Entrance

Rock Ridge Road Entrance

Just love the mystery of the trail!

Just love the mystery of the trail!

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