State Park to Host Hike with Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Travelers


SOPCHOPPY – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ochlockonee River State Park will host a hike this Saturday as part of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.

Park Ranger Steven Carter will lead a guided hike on the 1.5-mile looped trail through the longleaf pine habitat found at the park. Visitors may see or hear red-cockaded woodpecker, deer, gopher tortoise or white squirrels. Additionally, visitors will be able to watch park volunteers as they construct a dugout canoe as part of The Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival being held at the park Feb. 27 – March 1.

Space is not limited and an RSVP is not required. Participants should mention the event at the ranger station to receive free park admission. Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles south of Sopchoppy on U.S. 319, southwest of Tallahassee.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition trekkers started the second phase of their journey on Jan. 10, 2015. The group, led by conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr., is hiking, bicycling and paddling from Central Florida across the panhandle to Fort Pickens, on a 90-day journey to highlight Florida’s wildlife corridor and green spaces. Other trekkers are Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, conservationist and Joe Guthrie, wildlife biologist.

WHAT:   Hike at Ochlockonee River State Park

WHEN:   Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
               Meet at 8:30 a.m.
               Hike 9-11 a.m.

WHERE: Ochlockonee River State Park
               429 State Park Rd.
               Sopchoppy, FL 32358

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