In Central Florida, the Florida Trail presents two options: east or west around the Orlando metro. Both routes were crafted in the 1980s, and both have their high points. On the Western Corridor, the trail roughly follows the northward flow of the Withlacoochee River from its rise in the Green Swamp towards Dunnellon. To the east, the trail sticks to public lands in the St. Johns River basin, another north-flowing river. Dense forests along the rivers and open prairies between them characterize this section, which brushes up against the urban boundaries of the Orlando metro in several places.