May 3-5, 2024 Field Trip – Sinks to Springs – Cody Escarpment to the Woodville Karst Plain

Posted on: March 28th, 2024 by segsmember


Purchase of field trip includes Friday night (5/3) meet/greet and discussion, Saturday geologist led field trip and an optional Sunday paddle trip on the Wacissa River. Camping is available at the W W Kelley Property or there are several hotels within 15-20 minutes of the field trip meet up site on W W Kelley Rd.

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The SEGS is offering a “Sinks to Springs” field trip that will give participants the opportunity to see variety of spectacular karst features in the Leon/Wakulla/Jefferson county region. The trip will consist of a Friday evening gathering for dinner and discussion at Sonny’s (3101 Dick Wilson Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32301), followed by Saturday morning meet up at 10 a.m. at 5421 W W Kelley Road, Tallahassee, FL 32311. The property is adjacent to a paleo-sinkhole and the Cody Escarpment, which will be the perfect launch point and home-base for our foray into the Woodville Karst Plain where we will encounter an abundance and variety of karst features. We will start with a quick morning discussion and then make our way to the Aucilla Sinks trail, part of the Florida Trail system of trails, for a hike along a chain of “karst windows”. We will return to the W W Kelley Rd. property for lunch or eat at the Aucilla Sinks trailhead. Then, after lunch, we will head south from the property and down into the woodville karst plain, stopping at multiple karst features, all the while surrounded by theĀ  and ending with a relaxing drink and dinner at Outz’s Too, adjacent to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way there will be and visual aids to discuss the formation and evolution of karst landforms. On Sunday there will be an optional canoe/kayak trip on the Wacissa river to see some beautiful springs, abundant wildlife and enjoy the natural wonder that the unique Florida geology offers us.

There are several hotels within 15 minutes of the starting point on Saturday morning, or you can opt to camp (with utilities and outhouse) at the W W Kelley Road property Friday and/or Saturday night. There is also a camper at the property available for rent at $100.00 per night on a first come first serve basis.

*The $30.00 will include Saturday lunch (Subway), electronic guidebook (.pdf), and posters (geology and hydrology).

**Dinner Friday night at Sonny’s IS NOT INCLUDED in the cost of the field trip.

***Dinner Saturday at Outz’s Too is IS NOT INCLUDED in the cost of the field trip.

****Canoes and kayaks can be rented close to the put in on the Wacissa River. Several kayaks and canoes will be provided by the SEGS but there may be a need to rent depending on the number of people going on the paddle trip.



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