Winter Florida Circuit 2020/21

Winter Florida 2020/21

This circuit will start in Pensacola, FL early in November and will continue down the Gulf Coast side of Florida. After spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve near Punta Gorda, the circuit will continue around the tip of Florida and up the central area and east coast of Florida. Activities will include hiking, biking, kayaking and of course sightseeing.

The number of participants will need to be limited to 12 due to the size of the locations. It is strongly recommended that you have an Elks and Moose membership as some of the lodges require membership to stay there. There are a few places that require reservations and they are noted. They will need to be made as soon as you confirm with the circuit leader availability to join.

Gwendolyn Toney is the CIrcuit Leader. If you haven’t registered for the circuit with Arlene Teague, please contact Gwendolyn at gwentoney@aol.com or (707) 477-3429 to indicate your interest in the circuit..


HOMESTEAD, FL

January 18, 2021 to February 1, 2021
Activity Ideas

Biscayne National Park, Visit Alligator Farm and take an airboat ride. Tour Coral Castle. Take a boat ride in Miami and view the palatial homes on the coast. Kayak at Key Largo, Bike on nearby trails. Visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. Pick up a Senior Discount book in Miami to take advantage of the discounts available.

Parking Location

Homestead Moose Lodge, 15490 SW 288th St., Homestead, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Donation. 5 or 6 30AMP sites available.

GPS Coordinates

N25.49926,W80.44194Click on link to see Google Map


LAKE OKEECHOBEE, FL

February 1, 2021 to February 8, 2021
Activity Ideas

Golfing, Seminole Casino, Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, boat rentals, airboat tours, kayaking, Arnold’s Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center

Parking Location

DuPuis WMA – Horse Park, Canal Point FL 33438

Directions and Other Information

Go 3.8 mi E of intersection of US 98 & Rt 76 on E side of Lake Okeechobee, between Indiantown & Port Mayaca. dump station, water faucet – RV camping is at Gate 3, the Equestrian Center, dogs ARE allowed. some trees that need to be dodged for adequate solar. Lots of room. Laundry & groceries in Indiantown. Special Use License (SUL) Required: Go to https://www.sfwmd.gov/community-residents/recreation/sul a Select Option: RV/Travel Trailer, then click on Search Pick DuPuis, then Add Account. Complete required info etc. and get verify email etc and log back in. Now you can register for up to 8 days camping.

GPS Coordinates

N27.001301,W80.569392Click on link to see Google Map


KENANSVILLE, FL

February 8, 2021 to February 15, 2021
Activity Ideas

Hiking, FL National Scenic Trail, bird watching, boondocking in the woods, playing games, community potlucks, Kissimmee Swamp Tours

Parking Location

Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area

Directions and Other Information

From US 441 at Kenansville, take FL Hwy 523 (Canoe Creek Road) 11 miles NW. Park entrance is on the left (west) – at intersection of FL Hwy 523 & Rd 5B.
If you are a senior AND a resident Florida, you do NOT need a permit. ALL OTHER campers should have a State of Florida Fish & Wildlife Recreation Permit, available from sporting goods stores and Wal-Mart (hunting & fishing counter) for $27. It’s good for one year and officials here have occasionally stopped individuals and demanded to see their permit. Basically, there is no camping time limit, just hunting season restrictions.
Nearest dump and water and propane: 8.5 miles south of Three Lakes WMA is at Lake Marian Paradise Marina & RV Resort 901 Arnold Road, Kenansville, FL 34739;
This is a wide-open field with lots of RVs, about 35 miles south of the Orlando area. It is a very popular spot with nearly unlimited space. No reservations are required.

GPS Coordinates

N27.951648,W81.141586Click on link to see Google Map


MELBOURNE, FL

February 15, 2021 to February 22, 2021
Activity Ideas

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Black Point Wildlife Drive, Brevard Veterans Military Museum & Military Museum, Kennedy Space Center (Space Shuttle Atlantis), US Air Force Space and Missile Museum, Exploration Tower

Parking Location

Melbourne Elks Lodge #1744, 211 Nieman Ave, Melbourne, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Dry Camping. 2 30 AMP sites available. Water is available, no sewer, reservations accepted. Donation. First come/first served. Alternative parking location is the Merritt Island Moose Lodge if available.

GPS Coordinates

N28.10482,W80.62493Click on link to see Google Map


FRUITLAND PARK, FL

February 22, 2021 to March 8, 2021
Activity Ideas

Venetian Gardens Park, Pacquette’s Tractor Museum, Flat Island Preserve, Bourlay Historic Nature Park, Seminole State Forest, dancing in the VILLAGES, golfing, hiking, kayaking, fishing and biking.

Parking Location

Windy Acres, 1350 Miller Blvd. Fruitland Park, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. $10/night dry camping, 20 acres, no campfires, pets are welcome on leash, no dump station

GPS Coordinates

N28.86081,W81.93128Click on link to see Google Map


OCALA NATIONAL FOREST, FL

March 8, 2021 to March 15, 2021
Activity Ideas

Hike, kayak, fish and view wildlife in the Ocala National Forest. Visit the Union Street Downtown Farmers Market in Ocala on Wednesday. See the giant sinkhole, plunging more than 100ft, at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park. Bike the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

Parking Location

Salt Springs Recreation Area, 13851 FL-19, Fort McCoy, FL 32134

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. $34 full-service hookup, $21 for seniors and Access Pass holders. Reservations needed and can be made at Recreation.gov.

GPS Coordinates

N29.356949,W81.732255Click on link to see Google Map


ST AUGUSTINE, FL

March 15, 2021 to March 22, 2021
Activity Ideas

Enjoy nearby beaches, take a walking or trolley tour of downtown St. Augustine. Visit the Fountain of Youth, Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Mose for a glimpse into the past. Bike the Palatka to St. Augustine Trail.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 1420 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 904 471-2829

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 10 RV sites with W/E, No sewer. $30/night. Reservations are required to be made online at elks829.com/rv-parking/

GPS Coordinates

N29.87298,W81.28371Click on link to see Google Map


JACKSONVILLE, FL

March 22, 2021 to March 29, 2021
Activity Ideas

Visit Kingsley Plantation, the oldest(1790s) and best-preserved plantation site in Florida. Bike the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail and walk the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Many hiking options such as the Timucuan Preserve and Talbot Island State Park. Drive to St. Augustine to tour the Castillo De San Marco Fort (built by the Spanish in the 1600s), the lighthouse, and the Fountain of Youth.

Parking Location

Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Rd, Jacksonville, FL

Directions and Other Information

Take Exit 347 form I-95 N. Turn Right onto US-1 Alt N/Emerson St, go .2 mi turn Right onto Spring Park Rd, go .6 mi and arrive at Faith United Methodist Church. Parking here is by special arrangements; therefore no early arrivals are permitted. $20/night for FHU and $10/night for dry camping.

GPS Coordinates

N30.28441,W81.62125Click on link to see Google Map