Last week a rider returned to her trailer only to find that her keys had fallen off some time during her 10-mile ride. It was, to put it mildly, an upsetting situation. And one that all of us around knew could happen to us. Thankfully, somebody actually found the keys and returned them to the… Continue reading Where, Oh Where, Have the Truck Keys Gone?
I strolled out in the yard Sunday night to hitch up for Monday’s ride, only to discover my trailer had a flat tire. Undeterred, I dragged out all my tools and put the spare on the flat tire’s axle. I was lucky this time–I wasn’t in a hurry, and I was in my front yard… Continue reading Can You Change a Tire?
Crooked Lake Wildlife Management & Environmental Area 156-232 Turtle Run Trail, Fort Meade, FL 33841 https://myfwc.com/recreation/lead/crooked-lake/ Things to know: Hours of operation: Sunrise to sunset every day Unstaffed; free for users A restroom is in the parking area. Parking isn’t spacious, but there’s enough room for several rigs if all use consideration. Almost 1,150 acres… Continue reading Riding Area: Crooked Lake Wildlife & Environmental Area
Lake Louisa State Park 7305 U.S. Hwy 27 Clermont FL 34714 (352) 394-3969 https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/lake-louisa-state-park Things to know: Hours of operation: 8am to sunset every day. 16 miles of very well-marked multi-use trails, both sunny and shaded, around 3 lakes. There is a $4 fee for single-occupant vehicles/rigs, or $5 per vehicle for up to 8… Continue reading Favorite Riding Area: Lake Louisa State Park
Lower Green Swamp Preserve 3540 East Knights Griffin Road Plant City, FL 33565 (813) 757-3713 https://hillsboroughcounty.org/en/locations/lower-green-swamp-nature-preserve Things to know: Hours of operation: Sunrise to sunset every day The area is unstaffed on weekends A port-a-potty is located across from the office, about ½ mile from the parking area, on the Orange trail. Multiple trails are… Continue reading Favorite Riding Areas: Lower Green Swamp Preserve
Marshall Hampton Reserve 3115 Thornhill Road Winter Haven, FL 33880 Phone: (863) 534-7377 https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/marshall-hampton-reserve Things to know: Hours of operation: Daily from 6am to 6:30 p.m. during standard time and 5:30am to 8 pm during daylight savings time. An annual free permit, available from the Polk County Natural Resources Dept., is required for equestrians. Call… Continue reading Favorite Riding Area: Marshall Hampton Reserve
Tenoroc Public Use Area 3829 Tenoroc Mine Road, Lakeland FL, 33805 Phone: (863) 499-2421 http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/tenoroc/ Things to know: Hours of operation: 6am to 7pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There is a $3 day-use fee, payable when you present your Coggins in the office. Parking for horse rigs is just past the office on… Continue reading Favorite Riding Area: Tenoroc