An afternoon at Lake Talquin State Forest

September 2012

Rob and I were heading back from visiting his family in the Panhandle and I just had to get some hiking in. We scoped out a few trails on the state forest website and soon found our trail head for the Ft. Braden Tract. We decided to only hike the center loop as the day was already getting hot and we had Bo with us. Bo is our rescued Rhodesian Ridge back/mastiff mix and he is over 10 years old and trails are not so easy for him any more in the heat.

Lake Talquin State Forest is located just west of Tallahassee, Florida and is composed of ten main tracts of land, along with several smaller tracts. Most of the forest adjoins the Ochlockonee River and Lake Talquin, trails overlooking the lake offer wonderful views. The 1242 acre Fort Braden tract features two designated Trailwalker and one Trailtrotter trails. I was glad to be able to check another off on my list!

It was nice having Rob along on the hike as we do not get out in the woods much together. I was able to point out a few new things to him and Bo had a great time. The center loop was only 2.6 miles and offered quite a variety of elevation changes. We spotted a small alligator along the shore when we went to see the lake and there was animal sign all along the trail.

This old forest was beautiful, streams and sparkling sunlight through the trees made us feel like we had been transported to another world. I highly recommend you checking out this state forest. Three is enough hiking here to keep you busy for quite some time!

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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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