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12 of us met & parked just East of trail 13 on Stagecoach Rd then shuttled to the start of the caves. We were greeted by 10 minutes of rain then later sun & humidity. Marcie Clutter led with Mitch Almon sweeping. We stopped to visit several caves in this limestone area. We did not go into them as the leaders now require special qualifications. Several of the group picked up the garbage that littered this well visited area. We stopped to view & hear about the destruction of the Red Bay trees, saw & smelled the yellow-flowering trees whose flowers smelled like baby powder (sorry, forgot the name of this tree), picked up some Black Hickory nuts & even took out some beautiful, but maybe non-edible white mushrooms. We lunched right near the Lizzie Hart sink hole. Quite impressive & apparently the whole area has been inhabited for many centuries. Another rest area was the Taylor primitive campsite. Lots of stops for water breaks as was quite warm. Afterwards a few of us went back to Marcie's house for cold beverages & snacks. Thank you Marcie for opening your home to us. We all enjoyed this hike as well as learned a lot of the history & flora & fauna of the area. Definitely deserves a return on our own to check out the caves more closely. Arlene Winick

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Details

Created by: MARTYWINICK
Distance: 7.2 mi
Ascent: 1,631 ft
Date: 02/23/2014
Duration: 4 hrs 21 min
Descent: 1,627 ft
Difficulty: Moderate

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Points of Interest

You'll see some concrete pilars to mark start. On a nice day there will probably be a slew of vehicles on the roadside
DAMES CAVES SIGN
When you come to hike bring in a garbage bag for a little cleanup.
ARLENE & MARTY at Peace CAVE ENTRANCE
This was the entrance to the Peace Sign cave. Although the entrance was small you really could go into it.
DEVIL'S CAVE PAINTING
OOOOHHHH, VERRRRY SCARRRRYY!
GROUP at DEVIL'S CAVE
Climb down made challenging by slippery rocks.
ROGER AT CAVE ENTRANCE PICKING UP TRASH
Everywhere we went we saw littering. Maybe they need some garbage containers at each cave site????
Red Bay Ambrosia Beetle
This little invasive critter is sytematically destroying the Red Bay Trees in Florida
RED BAY LEAF
Many of the Red Bay trees have been attacked & destroyed by the Red Bay Ambrosia Beetle that spreads a fungal infection called the Laurel Lilt. You can see the fungus on the leaves themselves. Another invasive species.
OLD STOVE PARTS
Not sure if this was Lizzie Harts or her family, but an interesting find.
BUMPS ON A LOG LUNCH BREAK
We stopped for lunch near the Lizzy Hart Sink hole. A welcome break on a humid day.
FLORIDA TRAIL BLAZE END OF LOG
The trail was well blazed so easy to follow. Sometimes blazes in unusual spots.
Roger thought he saw a couple of Ducks flying away from this pond.
THE GANG ON OTHER SIDE
A very deep, long ditch running through this area. Lots of huge rocks & other interesting formations.
Follow the BLUE blazes to a very nice Primitive camp site. Rock-ringed fire pit, couple of logs. Not sure if its dry all year.
GIANT MUSHROOM
As we hiked around Stagecoach Pond we found a great many mushrooms. Some picked them but don't know if these were for eating.
We left our cars well off to the side on Stagecoach Road.