Fact Finding Weekend

Over this beautiful long weekend our staff spent a couple days checking out local state parks and preserves for future outings and adventures. Our first day took us out to Jay b Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. This location is very large and has much to offer. The parks main focus is on environmental education and has an education center on-site offering classes and seminars. There are many miles of trails and campsites are large. There are cabins available for rent but they have no air-conditioning or electric. Paddock and equestrian trails are also very well kept. There is a lot of wildlife to be seen out there. Later that afternoon we mad a quick stop at Lake Park in Lutz and took a few photos of the main day use area. They do not offer camping but there is a archery field, bmx track and an rc car track along with lakes and trails to keep you busy. Horses are welcome at this location as well. The next day our staff took off and visited Flat Island Preserve operated by the Lake County Water Authority. Our group were the only ones at this location and we were free to explore undisturbed. The road accessing the preserve was in bad shape from the 6 previous days of rain but repairs were already started. This lovely remote location had great primitive camping, wild trails through the preserve. Canoe rentals are available and will take you through canals out to Lake Denham or through the Okahumka Marsh to Magnolia Island where there is another primitive campsite available. Just up from Flat Island we found Lake Griffin State Park. This is a small park with a lot of space for camping, boat access to Lake Griffin and a large day use area. The location of what is now Lake Griffin SP was the first permanent settlement of whites in this area and has a 300+ old oak tree on the 383 acre property. Lake Louisa was our next stop. What a big beautiful park! Located about 2 hours from Tampa, near Orlando, it is well worth the drive, but don’t expect to see this whole park and its 20 miles of trails, beaches and lakes in one day. It will take you more than one visit to take in this whole park. The 20 cabins available are beautiful and are powered by solar panels. Each cabin has a screened in porch with rocking chairs facing the lake – grill, kitchen, fireplace, 2 bedrooms, and they are air conditioned. We will be booking events at these locations in the near future. Keep checking our “Activities Calendar” and register early for an event as they fill up fast. You can always call to book a private event at any time.

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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2 Responses to Fact Finding Weekend

  1. Cora says:

    WOW! Sounds like you had a great weekend. I\’m not an outdoors person, but I do love the quiet and serenity of being outdoors. I have never done any camping. I have stayed at the Natchez Trace Campground near Hohenwald TN. I had a nice cabin with a full kitchen … LOL! But that is where I fell in love with the wilderness quiet and serenity.

  2. Cora says:

    Your Lake Louisa photos are very nice. I would have to draw the line at swimming with the alligators … LOL!

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