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- HOLTON CREEK TRACT HIKE -
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2018
The next Florida Springs Institute Springs Outing is scheduled for February 24, 2018 to the Holton Creek Tract and will be lead by biologist, Tom Morris! This 2,536 acre protected area lies along the north bank of the Suwannee River, about ten miles northwest of Live Oak, and is managed by the Suwannee River Management District.
The tract is named after Holton Creek, which is born at a large dark water rise in the tract and flows about a half mile to the Suwannee River. The water at the rise originates at the Alapaha Dead River swallet and other swallets along the Alapaha River, many miles to the north. Large bald cypress are scattered along the run.
The geology in the tract is exceptional. Besides the rise, sinkholes, swallets, large deep meandering swales and valleys, and rock outcrops are everywhere.
On top of the geology the Holton Tract is home to some of the finest mature hardwood forest in north Florida. Expect to see old live oaks, hickories and magnolias, and some pretty gnarly downed trees, courtesy of Hurricane Irma.
The hike will start at the Holton Rise and follow a pretty two track dirt road through part of the tract. The hike is suitable for everyone. It is an easy stroll if one sticks to the dirt road, but can be quite sporting if scrambling up and down sinkholes and steep-sided valleys is more to your liking.
Stay tuned for further details!
For questions please contact Tessa Skiles at email@example.com