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Local hike Jan 14 hosted by the Appalachian Trail Club of Florida - ATCF! Follow their page for details on other future hikes and events!Hike planned!’Bring in the New Year by Hiking in Perico Preserve !Please join and bring guests along on Saturday, January 14, 2023, 9 AM for an easy walk in Perico Preserve off Manatee Ave West in Bradenton. The Preserve was opened in 2016 after extensive restoration of this previously farming land. Invasive plants were replaced with native plants like muhly grass and beach sunflower and others to join live oak and slash pine trees as part of ecosystem to provide food and shelter for birds, fish, animals and insects. The Preserve consists of 176 acres of partly pine forest, marshlands and ponds. One of Florida's oyster restoration areas was created here. All of the above can be viewed from the 1.6 mile loop trail of level boardwalks, shell paths and paved section. The trail is mostly open, sunny, and often there are a lot of water birds in the ponds as well as other birds, perhaps we are lucky enough to see an eagle. There are benches along the path if one need a rest. No bikes or dogs allowed. Eija Friedlander is leading this hike/walk.Directions to the Perico Preserve: entrance and parking lot is on the right side of Manatee Ave as you travel west towards the beaches. Address is at 11700 Manatee Ave. W., a little past the sign to Perico Island. The brown sign indicating Perico Preserve is visible from the road with a low, open wooden fence around the parking area. We will meet at the parking lot. The traffic to the beaches can create back up on Manatee Avenue on warm weekend days but arriving by 9 to 10 AM you most likely won’t encounter problems. Return trip in the morning will flow freely.Make sure to bring water, sun, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent, even though the insects are probably minimal in January. Bring your cameras if you are into taking photos of birds. P.S. Robinson Preserve Manatee Avenue entrance is just 1 mile east of Perico Preserve. So if you want more walking on the trails, there are lots of them in Robinson Preserve where we will organize an ATCF hike on a future date.Eija Friedlandereijaot@aol.com347-563-3969 ... See MoreSee Less

Local hike Jan 14 hosted by the Appalachian Trail Club of Florida - ATCF!  
Follow their page for details on other future hikes and events!