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

Withlacoochee State Trail,
3100 South Old Floral City Road,
Inveness, Fl 34450,



   June, 2016 by 2mccords

My husband and I (ages 62 & 70) were looking for a good place to ride our bikes and found this trail. We got on the trail at the Floral City trail head and rode 6 miles north and back. The next morning we came back and rode 10 miles south and back. What ...read more

Shady Most of the Way

   May, 2016 by ajw

The path is paved and well maintained. It is tree lined almost the entire way. It is mostly flat with very gentle up-and-downs. Inverness, Floral City and Lake Townsend Park have well maintained restrooms with water. Inverness and Floral City have bike ...read more

Water- Bring Your Own

   May, 2016 by hempjammer

Not many changes for water going south from the start. I think I ran into 4 the entire trip and 1 was non functional. The beauty is incredible only second to the sounds and scents of the ride. Great Trail read more