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
After all, all we’re doing is riding. And when it’s just one or two people it really DOESN’T matter. But when we get groups of 4 or more, those trail guidelines become real safety issues. Here’s how: Stay behind the trail bosses. Why? Well, they know where they’re going, and are responsible for the group. … Continue reading Why Do We Need Trail Guidelines?