Vacations Filled With Hiking Are The Best Kind

Hills and forests are a hikers best friend. Living in South Florida has been vastly different from my Midwest roots and while I enjoy the wetlands and (flat) boardwalks, I was more than excited to jet up north last weekend to find some trails. North FL is hilly, full of trees and reminds me of home.

Devil’s Millhopper State Park has several different trails, sink holes and sights to see. Hills make up a large part of this park that also offers trees and shrubbery of all kinds. IMG_20160814_103439

This park houses all 45 species of birds native to Florida’s hardwood forests and, as such, they are the only forest in FL that can claim this distinction.

 

 

Here are bright orange and white mushrooms that grow from the side of fallen stumps.

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These bright berries, along with some of a purple variety, litter the ground floor with color.

With a mile loop trail and an extension (to create about 3 total miles) loop trail, these walking paths are for everyone. This sign reminds us to take care of these beautiful parks by not disturbing them.

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This hike provided a beautiful and calming start to our Sunday. With temperatures climbing into the 90’s, it was quite the hot and sweaty trek. However, I cannot wait to get back and experience more of what North Florida has to offer!

Do you love to get out and hike? Or is a neighborhood walk more your style?

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Emily Rokke

Wife, Wellness Lover, Health Through Food and Movement, Stronger than Psoriasis

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