Withlacoochee State Trail

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The 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail is a must-do pure Florida experience for any trail enthusiast. Situated between Orlando and Tampa, it hosts a steady stream of visitors and locals on its paved path and adjacent equestrian trail.

The Withlacoochee's length, popularity and proximity to numerous communities have given rise to seven trailheads, information kiosks, colorful murals and convenient parks. Although the trail makes for a long journey, food and drink are never too far as you travel southbound through Citrus Springs, Inverness, Floral City, Istachatta and Trilby.

For much of its length, the trail parallels the Withlacoochee River, a state-designated paddling trail. The best place to catch river views and put in your canoe or kayak is at Nobelton Wayside Park, about 8 miles south of Floral City. From here the trail crosses the Withlacoochee State Forest and Croom Wildlife Management Area. In the mornings and early evenings expect to see deer along this roughly 6-mile stretch. Near the southern boundary, Silver Lake Recreation Area offers year-round camping.

Several miles farther south is the heavily used Ridge Manor trailhead, just off US 98/SR 50. Fortunately, a state-of-the-art overpass leads safely across the congested roadway.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Gulf Junction trailhead from Dunnellon, take US 41 south and turn right on Magenta Drive. Follow Magenta to the marked trailhead on the left.

To reach the South Citrus Springs trailhead, continue south on US 41 to South Citrus Springs Boulevard and head west one block. The trailhead is on the left.

To reach the Inverness trailhead, continue south on US 41 to Inverness and turn left on North Apopka Avenue. The marked trailhead is a few blocks up North Apopka.

To reach the Ridge Manor trailhead, take I-75 to Exit 61 and head east on US 98/SR 50. After about 1 mile, turn left on Croom Rital Road and look for the trailhead on the right.

To reach the Trilby trailhead, continue east on SR 50 to SR 575/Burwell Road and turn right. The trailhead is 0.5 mile farther, where the road and trail intersect.

To reach the Owensboro Junction trailhead from Trilby, head south on US 301/98. The trailhead lies just south of town on the right.

Contact:
Withlacoochee State Trail,
3100 South Old Floral City Road,
Inveness, Fl 34450,
352-726-0315

Reviews

Wonderful trail

   March, 2015 by jim250

This is our local trail which we bike on several days per week. Its character is different on the northern half versus the southern half -- the southern part is more rural and has fewer places to stop for lunch, etc. All of it is very pleasant. However, ...read more

Fantastic Trail

   March, 2015 by gmiddlemis

Rode most of the trail over the last two days. Started at Route 50 and rode to the north end then another approx 8 miles to Rainbow Springs State Park for the night, and back the next day. Very nice trail and well maintained with many shaded benches along ...read more

Excellent Bike Trail

   February, 2015 by rentzf

My wife and I rode our hybrids on this trail in 2 sections, 6 days apart. Feb 4, 2015 we rode with another couple 13 miles south from Floral City (park behind the library). This section is smooth and rural all the way to Croom Road where there is a small ...read more