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.
A circuit leader has not yet been identified. Until one is named, please call Arlene Teague at 828 443-0279 to indicate your interest in the circuit.
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.
Pensacola Elks Lodge #2108, 850-455-5522, 727 S. 72nd Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32526
Use address or GPS coordinates. 10 sites with E 30 Amp & W, 35′ length max, dump, $15/night. Some dry camping available.
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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.
Moose Lodge, 739 E 24th Plz, Panama City, FL 32405 (850) 785-9984
Use street address or GPS coordinates. The lodge is currently closed due to hurricane damage.
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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.
Moose Center #1075 850-575-4226, 1478 Capital Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL 32304.
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.
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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.
Elks Lodge #1851, 305 Puckett Rd, Perry, FL 32348
Use address or GPS coordinates. 14 RV sites with E/W. Dump available. Donation.
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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.
Moose Lodge #2112, 221 S Haid Terr, Lecanto, FL 34461
Use address or GPS coordinates. There is also an Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge in Homosassa that could be used for overflow.
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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.
Elks Lodge #2520, 9135 Denton, Ave, Hudson, FL
Use address or GPS coordinates.
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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.
Moose Lodge #1880, 804 S. Miller Road, Valrico, FL 33594
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.
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Lots of activities and shopping here with Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte close by.
Fort Myers: Fleamaster flea market, Edison-Ford Museum, Manatee Park, Sanibel Island & Darling Wildlife Refuge (drive or bike). 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.
Webb/Babcock Wildlife Management Area
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 https:/mfw.com/recreation/camping. No fees, but you will get an email with a form that is to be displayed in your RV.
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Ortona South COE Park, 2410 Dalton Lane SW, Moore Haven, FL 33471
From LaBelle, Florida, travel SR 80 8 mi E to Dalton Lane. Turn north on Dalton Lane following signs into the campground. Sites with E/W are $30 per night, $15/Sr Pass. Showers and dump on site. Reservations need to be made ahead of time at recreation.gov.
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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.
Flamingo Campground, Homestead, Florida 33034 (239)695-0124
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 recreation.gov.
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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.
Homestead Moose Lodge, 15490 SW 288th St., Homestead, FL
Use address or GPS coordinates. Donation. 5 or 6 30AMP sites available.
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Golfing, Seminole Casino, Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, boat rentals, airboat tours, kayaking, Arnold’s Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center
DuPuis WMA – Horse Park, Canal Point FL 33438
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.
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Hiking, FL National Scenic Trail, bird watching, boondocking in the woods, playing games, community potlucks, Kissimmee Swamp Tours
Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area
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.
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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
Melbourne Elks Lodge #1744, 211 Nieman Ave, Melbourne, FL
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.
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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.
Windy Acres, 1350 Miller Blvd. Fruitland Park, FL
Use address or GPS coordinates. $10/night dry camping, 20 acres, no campfires, pets are welcome on leash, no dump station
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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.
Salt Springs Recreation Area, 13851 FL-19, Fort McCoy, FL 32134
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.
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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.
Elks Lodge, 1420 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 904 471-2829
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/
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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.
Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Rd, Jacksonville, FL
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.
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