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Join the Florida Trail Association and enjoy the beautiful Suwannee River in one of the most scenic locations on the Florida Trail. The first ever Great Suwannee Mowdown is an evolution of the long-running Holton Creek Volunteer Work Party. Larger in scale, this project is sure to be a hoot! The crew will camp at the Holton Creek River Camp directly on the Suwannee River. Holton Creek is part of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, and is equipped with tent platforms, hot water, showers, and electricity. Bring your boat for beautiful evening river paddles!

Plan to arrive on December 14th no earlier than 4pm and enjoy dinner with the crew. Work begins December 15th and ends December 18th in the afternoon. There will be no dinner on the evening of the 18th.

Camping: Our crew will camp at Holton Creek, which has screened tent platforms, hot water showers, restrooms, potable water, and electricity. No RVs allowed. The tent platforms are available on a first-come basis. They will be shared and will be filled to capacity, so please plan accordingly. There are many tent sites available as well. If you have a tent, please consider bringing it.

Meals: The FTA will provide all meals and cook in a large camp kitchen. They can accommodate any dietary restrictions.

What to expect: They will use a combination of power equipment and hand tools to bring the trail back up to standard. The trail will be maintained west from Twin Rivers State Forest to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. 37 miles in total!

What to bring: For all projects, you will need to bring a day pack, sturdy footwear, and appropriate clothing. Long pants are required to do trail work, and long-sleeved shirts are recommended. You will need to provide your own camping gear; this includes a tent, sleeping bag, lunch container (baggie or Tupperware, and personal items.)


December 14-18, 2023

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