The Florida Forest Service will host a grand re-opening celebration of Point Washington State Forest’s McQuage Bayou Trail at 9 a.m. July 21.
This trail, originally established as equestrian-use only, has been closed to the public due to the deterioration of two large bridges along the path. The condition of these bridges made traveling the trail unsafe. With major improvements to the bridges, the trail itself and a refurbished trailhead, the McQuage Bayou Trail will now be available as a multi-use trail to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians.
During the grand re-opening, held at the McQuage Bayou Trailhead, 452 County Road 283 North in Santa Rosa Beach, the Florida Forest Service will offer family-friendly activities including a guided nature hike by state-lands forester Michael Klassen, Smokey the Bear and wildland firefighting apparatuses on site for the kids. Fees for trail access will be waived for the opening celebration.
“Florida has long been recognized as having one of the finest and most diversified state forest systems,” said Chipola Forestry Center Manager Johnny Sabo. “With Point Washington State Forest being acquired in 1992, this grand re-opening will be the ultimate way to immerse yourself in Florida’s forests while honoring Point Washington’s 25 years as a state forest.”