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..


PENSACOLA, FL

November 2, 2020 to November 9, 2020
Activity Ideas

Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas, Pensacola Lighthouse, Pensacola Hop On Hop Off Bus, Boat Charters, Perdido Key State Park, Blackwater River State Recreation Area, Bayview Dog Beach plus biking, hiking and kayaking.

Parking Location

Pensacola Elks Lodge #2108, 850-455-5522, 727 S. 72nd Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32526

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 10 sites with E 30 Amp & W, 35′ length max, dump, $15/night. Some dry camping available.

GPS Coordinates

N30.40090,W87.30850Click on link to see Google Map


PANAMA CITY, FL

November 6, 2020 to November 16, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit the pristine white, sandy beaches, take an eco-tour of Camp Helen or St Andrew State Parks. Take a walk and go birding at the Conservation Park. Bike along the beachfront.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 739 E 24th Plz, Panama City, FL 32405 (850) 785-9984

Directions and Other Information

Use street address or GPS coordinates. The lodge is currently closed due to hurricane damage.

GPS Coordinates

N30.19296,W85.64830Click on link to see Google Map


TALLAHASSEE, FL

November 16, 2020 to November 23, 2020
Activity Ideas

Tallahassee’s Public Art on the Map, Cascades Park, Frenchtown, John G. Riley House and Museum, Bradfordville Blues Club, Capital City Tours, 22nd floor of Capitol Observatory, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Enjoy hiking trails in area, and kayak in the nearby State Parks.

Parking Location

Moose Center #1075 850-575-4226, 1478 Capital Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL 32304.

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 6 sites with electric 30 amps & water plus large area for boondocking, first come, first serve, can handle our group. Alternative could be the Moose Lodge, Fanning Springs, FL, or overflow at the Elks Lodge in Tallahasee.

GPS Coordinates

N30.46652,W84.36135Click on link to see Google Map


PERRY, FL

November 23, 2020 to November 30, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit the Forest Capitol Museum State Park and explore Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Kayak on the Econfino River, Bike ride on the Nature Coast State Trail. Ride your bike and then take a swim at the Wakulla Springs State Park, the largest and deepest freshwater spring in Florida. Celebrate Thanksgiving.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #1851, 305 Puckett Rd, Perry, FL 32348

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. 14 RV sites with E/W. Dump available. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N30.09455,W83.58559Click on link to see Google Map


LECANTO, FL

November 30, 2020 to December 7, 2020
Activity Ideas

Kayaking at its best! Kayak on the beautiful Crystal River to access Three Sisters Spring, home to the largest population of manatees. Other kayak opportunities at Homosassa State Park, and the Rainbow River up to the Rainbow Springs State Park. There are several bike paths, including the Withlacoochee Trail and the Suncoast Trail.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge #2112, 221 S Haid Terr, Lecanto, FL 34461

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. There is also an Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge in Homosassa that could be used for overflow.

GPS Coordinates

N28.85986,W82.42582Click on link to see Google Map


HUDSON, FL

December 7, 2020 to December 14, 2020
Activity Ideas

Visit Weeki Wachee State Park to kayak the Springs and visit the manatees at Hospital Hole. Relax and swim at SunWest Park. Bike the Suncoast Trail and the Pinellas Trail. Kayak at Tarpon Springs. Spend the day on the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #2520, 9135 Denton, Ave, Hudson, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates.

GPS Coordinates

N28.39026,W82.66285Click on link to see Google Map


VALRICO, FL

December 14, 2020 to December 21, 2020
Activity Ideas

Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Big Cat Rescue, Adventure Island Water Park, Hillsborough State Park, Historic Ybor City, Henry B. Plant Museum, near Tampa with lots of shopping and other things to do. Bike trails near Tampa and St. Petersburg. Visit Fort DeSoto.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge #1880, 804 S. Miller Road, Valrico, FL 33594

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Water available on site, dump nearby, $10 donation-dry camping, no time limit, guests are welcome. There have a few electrical hookup sites.

GPS Coordinates

N27.92684,W82.24497Click on link to see Google Map


PUNTA GORDA, FL

December 21, 2020 to January 4, 2021
Activity Ideas

Lots of activities and shopping here with Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte close by. Punta Gorda: Gilchrist Park music jamming, Tuesday & Thursday starting about 5:30-8:30 bluegrass & oldies, dance; lots of biking along waterfront. Also, free shooting range at Webb WMA. Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Parking Location

Webb/Babcock Wildlife Management Area

Directions and Other Information

Cecil Webb WMA [Wildlife Management Area – Punta Gorda area, I-75, exit 158. Go east on Tuckers Grade for 0.2 mi. Turn right at entrance gate. – Fee – ($27 annual non-resident permit covers all WMA areas – If you are a senior AND a resident of 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. This year, even though there is not a charge for the camp site, RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE ASAP AT http://myfwc.com/recreation/camping. No fees, but you will get an email with a form that is to be displayed in your RV.

GPS Coordinates

N26.85755,W81.96686Click on link to see Google Map


FORT MYERS, FL

January 4, 2021 to January 11, 2021
Activity Ideas

Fleamaster flea market, Edison-Ford Museum, Manatee Park, Sanibel Island & Darling Wildlife Refuge (drive or bike).

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 2163 Twin Brooks Rd, Fort Myers, FL

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS Coordinates. Dry Camping, donation.

GPS Coordinates

N26.69676,W81.85733Click on link to see Google Map


EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL

January 11, 2021 to January 18, 2021
Activity Ideas

Hike the Anhinga Trail, Bike Shark Valley, take in a Ranger talk at Royal Palm Visitors Center, Ernest F Coe Visitors Center, or Flamingo Visitors Center. Drive the Loop Road, Long Pine Key, Pa-hay-okee Trail. Other hiking, biking and kayaking opportunities in the park along with boat tours.

Parking Location

Flamingo Campground, Homestead, Florida 33034 (239)695-0124

Directions and Other Information

At end of Hwy 9336 at Flamingo Visitor Center. Campground is 40 mi SW of park entrance. Reservations need to be made ahead of time at https://flamingoeverglades.com/camping/

GPS Coordinates

N25.13731,W80.93870Click on link to see Google Map


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

N27.92751,W81.12407Click 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