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George E. LeStrange Preserve to Gordy Road Recreation Area
George E. LeStrange Preserve is very popular. It has a very nice parking area with picnic tables and is close to town with easy access from many directions.
The trail head and parking area are located at the end of Ralls Rd. 1/5 mile north of Selvitz Rd., Fort Pierce. 4911 Ralls Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981, Contact Number 772-462-2526.
George E. LeStrange Preserve is a 94 acre site that contains a large catch and release lake, canoe & kayak launch and 1 mile of interpretive trail that runs along Ten Mile Creek. When you get to the western side of the park you will see a future connector trail (it may have been added by now). Be very careful if you take this trail. It was closed when I was there and I decided to take it anyway and on the return trip I did get lost! Thank goodness some bikers came along and directed me back to the correct trail to return.
The LeStrange site is named after Mr. George E. LeStrange (1912-1962), who loved the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman.
Nice Yellow Flowers
Beautiful Pine Trees
Ten Mile Creek
Beautiful Hiking Trail
Plenty of Shade
Trails: This site will connect proposed trail along Ten Mile Creek.
Habitat: Contains pine flatwoods and floodplain forest.
Commonly seen wildlife: Osprey and bald eagle.
Hike Through Beautiful Oaks
Hike Along Ten Mile Creek
Caution: Due to steep slopes in some places, be careful next to the edge of the creek.
Nice Tree Canopy
Trail Goes Under 95 Expressway
I came across a lake before I got to the Turnpike and I hiked all the way around it! You don't have to do this. Stay on the north side of the lake, you won't have to go around it.
Lake Next to Turnpike
Hiking Under Florida Turnpike
When you get to Gordy Road Recreation Area, you will see the warning sign if it is still there. The warning sign is at both ends of the connector trail. I did this hike because I had met a couple in the LeStrange Preserve who told me about this trail so I came back another day and hiked it. They warned me to be careful because people sometimes get lost out there. I am an experienced hiker so I wasn't too concerned. Turns out I should have been concerned because I did get lost. I found the trail and returned to the parking area. I had come across some other hikers as well on the way back so it's good to know that people are around. I will strongly suggest that if the warning sign is still there, not to take that trail unless you are with someone who is very familiar with that area. Good luck, stay on the trail, stay safe and have fun!
Warning Sign at Connector Trail
Map On Warning Sign
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