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The Forest Service and thousands of hikers need your help to maintain the enjoyable
T POUUTE character of the FNST. Camp at lest 200 feet from the trail to maintain its naturalness- Carry
out all unburned trash and place in the nearest litter deposit. Use only small fires in a safe
location. Prevent damage to live plants in the campsite Remember that Iorses and motor
Vehicles including trail cycles are prohibited on the trail. Treat water from seams and lakes
with chlorine tablets before drinking. Protect water sources by locating latrines well away from
water and keeping food scraps out of the water. Use caution during hunting season if you are
hiking in areas open to hunting.
TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR WILDERNESS AREA
NATIONAL FORESTS The approximately nine miles of trail that passes through the Juniper Prairie Wildemess
Several lakes, ponds, & prairbetween Juniper Springs Recreation Area and Forest Road 10 is maintained to lesser standard
Several lakes, ponds, & prairie are adjacent to FNST than found elsewhere in the National Forest. Visitors must assume possible risks, such as
falling trees, limbs, lack of vehicle access, animal encounters, bad weather, etc.
EMERGENCIES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
A ROOF OVERHEAD Emergency situations will arise occasionally. It is always a good idea to locate the nearest
A ROOF OVERHEAD telephone before youhike.Shouldsomeoneinyourgroupbecomesick, seriouslyinjuredorloet,
You should not count on avoiding rain in Florida The least expensive and lightest-weight teL MiOCALA NATIONAL FOREST call 911.
protectioniis provided by thin plastic. This comes either in the form of a tube tent which is O AN TIO FST
suspended from a rope between two trees, or asag9'x 12'rectangle. This sheet of plastic can INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION ForEast Highway 40, Silver Sprins, FL 34488(904) 625-7470. For information south of Junier,
be formed into numerous shapes of shelters to provide protection from the rain. However, coEaAtteFnst Pighwyrsh Vive r Sprngs"5UDtrtRa'telon, FL 3270204 (5409F04)non notlf i6r
Produced In Partnership with the USDA Forest contactthe rorestPittrnanVisrtorCenter,45621 StateRoad1l9,Altoona.FL3270u2(904) o6-
mosquito netting may also be needed during the summer and fall months. More substantial odbte Oala National Forest interp ve 7495. For information on portions of the Florida Trail which are not on National Forest Land,
(but heavier and more expensive) protection is available in lightweight trail tents that may Associaton, a non-profit, education organization write the Florida Trail Association, P.O. Box 13708, Gainesville, FL 32604.
weigh 3-8 pounds for two persons.
There are many schools of thought on what type of shoe is best for Florida hiking. Probably
the most comfort and best protection are provided by leather boots 7-8 inches high with
synthetic rubber sales. However, many hikers are very satisfied with a high-top sneaker or
basketball-type shoe. Sneakers are especially good for youngsters whose rapidly growing feet
make purchase of a good boot hard to justify. The most important factor is to make sure that
the boots are well broken in and fit properly to prevent foot discomfort. At the first sign of sore
feet, stop and try to ease the chafing by pulling socks tight or putting mole foam pads over sore
Keep cooking equipment and food simple when planning for your backpacking trip.
Dehydrated food has progressed a long way. both in taste and variety. Preparation is usually
assimpleas heatingwaterand adding the contents ofthe package. Grocery stores carry a wide31
variety of instant dried food that is easy to prepare such as rice, oatmeal, potatoes, puddings,
and soups. There is also a wide range of one-dish meals such as beef stroganoff, and chicken
and noodles which are easy to cook, inexpensive, and most importantly, tasty.31
Companies that cater to campers offer freeze-dried meats such as pork chops, beef steak,
etc., and combinations such as bacon and eggs with pan-fried potatoes. Don't forget instant.
coffee and tea, cocoa, or boullion cubes for quick pickup on a cool morning.
Hikers seldom cook at lunchtime since building a fire is a time-consuming chore. QuickAL
snacks like crackers with peanut butter, jelly, or cheese spread plus dried fruit and candy will l
meet most hikers' needs. Drink plenty of liquids such as instant lemonade. Also hikers carry
a bag of mixed high-energy nibble food such as peanuts, dried cereal, raisins, and chocolate
Many backpackers use small, one-bumrner, gasoline or propane stoves to heat the water for
their meal preparations. These stoves often weigh less than two pounds and are much quicker
than building a fire. Also, during periods of very high fire danger that sometimes occur during
the spring, use of open fires is sometimes prohibited in the Ocala Forest. During the spring,
check with the Visitor Center to see if open fires are permitted.
All your planning, preparation, and perspiration pays off at yourcampsite. Anearly arrival will
give you time to make camp, prepare dinner, enjoy the evening, and perhaps do some fishing
in one of the 60 lakes and ponds along the FNST. Fishing licenses are required for all non- White Tail Deer are one a
residents and for Florida residents except those over 65 or under 16 years. Non-residents canof wildlife frequently see
purchaseaS-dayor14-dayfishinglicenseforanominalfeeataCountyJudgeor TaxAssessors Ocala National Forest
The trail passes near 8 recreation areas that were developed for vehicle campers but are also
usable by hikers. Fees are charged at Clearwater Lake, Alexander Springs, and Juniper314
Springs. Camping is prohibitedwithin 200feet of Trail. During deer huntingseason, (From Mid-
November to Early Janurary), camping on the Ocala National Forest is restricted to designated
Good drinking water can be picked up at the developed recreation areas. The water from
lakes adjacent to the trail can be treated and used for drinking if you camp at other locations.
The oldest method is to boil the water vigorously for five minutes. An easier method is to treat
the water with chlorine tablets which are available at most drug stores. 90 90
All fires must be extinguished before you leave. Let the fire bum down as much as possible. .
Pour water over the ashes, stir with a stick, and repeat until the ashes are cold to the touch.
Then cover with sand.
Firewood can be picked up off the ground anywhere within the forest, "dead and down"
material should be used only.
Be careful when building a cooking fire to prevent starting forest fire; you are liable for any
damages. Use fire grills whenever they are provided. In areas without grills, rake back all Printed May 1993
burnable material for at least 4 feet. Dig a hole for the fire, placing the sand to one side so it
can be replaced when you leave. If a previous camper has had a fire please use the same LEGEND
location to protect the site.
A cooking fire can be started easily using small dead limbs about the size of a coathanger FIRST AID SAND PINE
that are found on the bottom of young pine trees, or by using dead palmetto leaves. Keep all CAMPGROUND LONGLEAF PINE
firessmall.Smallfiresoragoodbedofcoalsare bestforcookingandreducefire hazard.Asmall
lightweight metal grill, propped up on logs or with legs can provide a steady place to set pots. INTERPRETIVE TRAIL PINE HARDWOOD SWAMP
SANITATION DRINKING WATER LAKE OR STREAMS
Garbage and human waste can be deposited in any of the developed recreation areas along INFORMATION PRAIRIE
the trail. However, when camping in undeveloped areas along the trail, sanitation becomes GROCERY STORE ALL WEATHER ROAD
eachindividualresponsibility. Thegoalistoalwayskeeptheevidenceofpeoplesubstantiaily ALLWEATHER ROAD
umnnoticeable. You should bum all burnable material. Any soft food scraps such as frut and RESTROOMSHIGHWAY
vegetable peelings should be buried away from the campeite so that they will decompose PUBLIC PHONE --- .---- F ST TRAIL & MILEAGE
rapkly. Empty cans, bottles, plastic andalurminummaterials should becarriedoutinyourpack LOOK OUT TOWER FNST TRAIL MILEAE
to the nearest refuse can. Oo ...OO..
The proper disposal of human waste is most important. The individual cathole latrine is used scALE
by experienced hikers when no developed toilet facilities are available. A 5-6 inch deep hole
isdugwithaligtwei~tgardentrlwelinascreenedqpotatleasta100feet fromthe nearet FNST located In Sand Pine Co
water. Afir use, the hole is covered with soil; nature will do the rest in a few days.