Withlacoochee State Trail

June 12, 2015

Withlacoochee State Trail

Brooksville, FL









Want to get back to nature?  Well, located just 7 miles north of Brooksville is the Withlacoochee State Trail and it is sure to take you there!  With their outstanding forest and water facilities, there are numerous, exciting recreational opportunities awaiting for you at the Withlacoochee State Trail.

The third largest state forest in Florida, this area provides multiple use of its resources.  The Florida Forest Service manages it not only for timber, wildlife, ecological restoration but also for a variety of outdoor recreation.  World Wildlife Fund named Withlacoochee State Forest  one of the “10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Been in North America,” it is a true haven for the outdoor enthusiast.

Offering activities such as miles of serene trails for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and canoeing, seasonal hunting, fishing in its plentiful tranquil lakes and waterways and an off-road all-terrain vehicle ( ATV) and motorcycle facility, plus multiple camping areas. With 46 miles of paved rail-trail, it is currently the longest in Florida.  Generally flat terrain, with many access points, the trail is an ideal place for all skill levels of cycling, running, walking and skating.  There is also an unpaved equestrian trail that parallels portions of the paved trail.

You are sure to get back to nature while visiting the Withlacoochee State Trail with all of the wildlife that is out and about throughout the forest.  You will have chance to see white piebald deer, sometimes called ghost deer, coyote, hawks, wild turkey, bobcats, gopher tortoises, bald eagles, falcons, raccoon, opossum and owls.  There are also four species of southern pine trees amongst the forest, the loblolly, longleaf, sand and slash.

The Croom Motorcycle Area is where you will find ATV and motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout Central Florida.  With its 2,600-acres and miles of fun-filled trails, it offers something for all level of riders, including a training area and young rider area.

So come for the day or stay the night and try out one of their many camping sites.  There is everything from primitive tent camping areas to full hookups for RV’s, all nestled in the natural preserve of the Withlacoochee State Trail.  Getting back to nature is really good for your soul, come and check it out!

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