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Chris spends his time photographing and taking video of wildlife and nature. He spent 2 years in high school studying forestry (Gainesville, FL) and is currently studying to be an Advanced Master Naturalist at the University of Florida. His mission is to inspire others to get outside and learn.

Alafia River State Park Hiking Review
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Alafia River State Park Hiking Review

Park Information Alafia River State Park Trail Map Alafia River State Park Home Page Address Alafia River State Park 14326 South County Road 39 Lithia, FL 33547 Hours 8am – Sunset Entrance Fee $5.00 Alafia River State Park is located at 14326 S. County Road 39, Lithia, FL 33547 in Hillsborough County. There is a…

Alderman’s Ford Regional Park Hiking Review
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Alderman’s Ford Regional Park Hiking Review

Park Information Alderman’s Ford Regional Park Trail Map Alderman’s Ford Regional Park Home Page Address Alderman’s Ford Regional Park 9625 Canoe Launch Road Lithia, FL 33547 Hours 7:30am – 5:30pm Entrance Fee $2.00 Alderman’s Ford Regional Park is located at 9625 Canoe Launch Road, Lithia, FL 33547 in Hillsborough County. There is a $2 entrance…

The Yearling Trail Hiking Review
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The Yearling Trail Hiking Review

Park Information The Yearling Trail Map The Yearling Trail Home Page Address The Yearling Trail Latitude: 29.24513 Longitude: -81.64846 Hours Sunrise – Sunset Entrance Fee Free About The Book The Yearling, a book written in 1938 by Majorie Kinnan Rawlings, was a best seller in 1939 and won a Pulitzer Prize the same year and…

Cumpressco Railroad
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Cumpressco Railroad

Cummer Sons Cypress Company bought up swamp land and named it Cumpressco in Central Florida in 1922. They built a mill (800+ workers) that was the most modern at the time by running on electricity. Their goal was to remove the large cypress trees in the Central Florida swamps and use a railroad to ship…

Withlacoochee Army Airfield
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Withlacoochee Army Airfield

It looks like an old field never mowed, but deep in the Central Florida woods, you’ll find an old abandoned (1945) Army airstrip. It’s called the Withlacoochee Army Airfield and it was built in 1942 and was designed for chemical weapons testing. It  was used by the Chemical Warfare Service Unit (Stationed at Dugway Proving…

Abandoned Florida Tractor
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Abandoned Florida Tractor

You never know what you’ll find while out hiking off trails. This day, I came up on an abandoned Florida tractor. It may be old, rusty and abandoned but just imagine the history that goes along with it. Love finding items like these in the wild. Just wish I knew the story of it’s past….