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Florida - Garden of Eden Trail

This hike is led by GWH Ambassador Christienne Adrick!

Garden of Eden is a 3.75-mile trail that takes you through an enchanting area that local legend claims is the original Garden of Eden. Beginning in longleaf pine/wiregrass uplands, the trail soon skirts the top of a dramatic steephead ravine, descends steeply through the slope forest to cross a seepage stream and then ascends the slope forest back to sandhills. The trail eventually opens to a spectacular view at Alum Bluff. At 135 feet above the Apalachicola River, Alum Bluff is the largest natural geological exposure in Florida.

Please note: This trail is considered challenging by Florida standards due to steep ascents and descents. 

Parking at the trailhead is limited—please carpool if you are able to do so! The Nature Conservancy does not charge a day use fee, but there is an Iron Ranger for donations. I highly recommend that you bring some cash to help preserve this beautiful habitat and trail.

Additionally, The Nature Conservancy does NOT allow dogs in this area. Please leave them at home!

For more info: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/apalachicola-bluffs-and-ravines-preserve.xml?redirect=https-301

If you are a registered member and have your punch card, don’t forget to bring it so I can initial it. If you’re not a registered member, you’re more than welcome to attend! You can find out more about how to become one and get a punch card of your own here: https://girls-who-hike.myshopify.com/products/gwh-new-member-kit I will not be handing out punch cards at this event. They are available through purchase of a New Member Kit only. 

Garden of Eden Trail
Trail Rating: GREEN: Mellow hike, easy to follow, elevation gain of 1,000ft. and under, low altitude. Novice hikers welcome! 2L of water required per person.
Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Distance: 3.75
Elevation Gain: 475 ft
AllTrails Track: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/florida/garden-of-eden-trail
Water Required: 2L
Permits / Passes: Free, cash donations encouraged
Trailhead Coordinates / Address: (30.4546649, -84.9704595)
Dogs: No, per Nature Conservancy rules
Kids: Not recommended
Men: No

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it you’re good to go for all future meetups***
LINK TO WAIVER: http://bit.ly/GWHLiabilityWaiver

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