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BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE TRAILS
« on: July 18, 2013, 10:28:27 AM »
I received an e-mail today from the management at Boyd Hill Nature Trail and I have to say it is NOT GOOD for us to start out a new relationship with land managers like this.
 
 Apparently people are accessing the very limited use Environmental Studies Area and it's entrance is on 31st St South next to the Pioneer Settlement.

We would like to at some time in the future gain access to this area for trails but - WE DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO USE THIS AREA!  Not only that the agreement was to use the main entrance and pay the $3.00 user fee.

I do not know who is doing this or even if they are affiliated with the SWAMP Club but please get the word out NOT to use the 31st Street South entrance to Pioneer Village.  Go through the main entrance at 1101 Country Club Way South off of 9th Street South and pay the user fee as we are trying to show that we are a responsible group of people.

Thank you all for your attention in this matter.

Garry Rosseter

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Re: BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE TRAILS
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2013, 01:03:11 PM »
Hey Garry - If you pay the $3 at the main entrance (or have an annual pass), you can ride a mountain bike on those trails? I did not know that they allowed any riding in that preserve. Are there restrictions on days or which trails bikes are allowed on? Thanks

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2013, 02:40:15 PM »
Hey Garry - If you pay the $3 at the main entrance (or have an annual pass), you can ride a mountain bike on those trails? I did not know that they allowed any riding in that preserve. Are there restrictions on days or which trails bikes are allowed on? Thanks
You can ride there anytime during regular hours.  They are closed on Mondays I think and some holidays.  You enter through the main building in the parking area for a $3 fee.  Plenty of parking, restrooms, playground for kids and picnic area.

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Re: BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE TRAILS
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2013, 02:56:00 PM »
Hours are: Tuesday - Friday & Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am 7:00 pm, Monday Closed.  (Preserve closes at 6 p.m. November through February; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.  Admission is - Adults: $3, Children 3 to 16: $1.50, Children under 3: free.  Sorry, no pets. Annual Passes Available.
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Re: BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE TRAILS
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013, 03:13:42 PM »
unreal how some people can ruin it for a whole group

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2013, 10:53:13 PM »
unreal how some people can ruin it for a whole group
True, but hopefully they see we are doing things the right way.  They wanted to know if SWAMP was using the restricted area since some bicyclists had entered the compound and they didn't have this problem before we started lobbying for trails.  There is plenty of riding to be had in the main park.  Hope who ever it is got the message.

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Re: BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE TRAILS
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2013, 04:04:29 PM »
Thanks for the info, Garry. I'll have to check it out one day. Now if we could just turn Toytown in mountain bike trails. That could put Pinellas on the map.

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Re: BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE TRAILS
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2013, 04:29:22 PM »
Thanks for the info, Garry. I'll have to check it out one day. Now if we could just turn Toytown in mountain bike trails. That could put Pinellas on the map.
The county wants to sell the Toytown property and get out from underneath it, so unless by some miracle they decide to use it for recreational use it's out.  Boyd Hill is about the same size with lots of trees, vegetation, parking, restrooms, and a picnic area.  Toytown is barren.

 

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