Skoðað 1378sinnum, niðurhalað 16 sinni
nálægt Cedar Cove, Florida (United States)
The Oak Ridge Equestrian Area and the Washburn Gate Area are in Hillsborough County and are part of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. The lands are managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It is a 1000 acre area on the east side of Morris Bridge Road. The area contains pine flatwoods and forested wetlands.
I entered through a gate near the entrance to Flatwoods Park. The primary access point is about 2.5 mile NE. Parking is an issue at the Flatwoods Park gate as much of the area is designated No Parking. At the Washburn gate, about 0.3 mi NE, there is parking behind a locked gate where a free day-use reservation is required.
While most of the roads/trails would be suitable for mountain biking the area is designated for hiking and equestrian use only.
Most of the days trip was on easy to travel two-track. About a mile of the trek was on a red blazed trail near the river that was difficult to follow.
There is an area map posted near the Washburn gate. The map has numbered intersections. These numbers are also posted along the area trails. I created waypoints at the numbered intersections I passed. A photo of the area map is associated with waypoint "Wash X1."
A dry spot where I crossed the low terrain.
After crossing the low terrain there was a fence to cross.
Squeeze through the opening in the gate along Morris Bridge Rd.
Locked gate to private property.
I used a natural bridge to cross to an island in the river.
Oak Ridge intersection 17.
Oak Ridge intersection 19.
Oak Ridge intersection 20
The area near the Washburn gate is pine flatwoods.
Much of the northern part of the hike was in an area with many oak trees.
The red blazed trail was difficult to follow. This was a portion that was more obvious.
Where I started following the red blazed trail
Where I caught the trail again