With more than 155,000 acres spread over several counties, Withlacoochee State Forest is Florida’s second largest state forest, and arguably the most popular for outdoor recreation.
The Western Corridor of the Florida Trail works its way through the Richloam, Croom, and Citrus Tracts of the forest, which have a variety of recreation areas with their own followings: camping, hunting, equestrian, off-road motorcycles, and even caving.
For permits and questions:
Withlacoochee State Forest Visitor Center
15003 Broad Street
Brooksville, Florida 34601
Open 8-12 & 1-4:30, Mon-Fri
Destinations in Withlacoochee State Forest
- Citrus Hiking Trail - One of Florida's longest backpacking loops - and the longest within a single piece of public land - the Citrus Hiking Trail offers up to 43 miles of rugged and interesting terrain near Inverness
- Hog Island Nature Trail - For a dip into primordial wilderness along the Withlacoochee River, walk the Hog Island Nature Trail at Hog Island Recreation Area in Withlacoochee State Forest
- Johnson Pond Trail - One of the best places in Florida to walk through a rosemary scrub on a hiking trail, the Johnson Pond Trail is part of Withlacoochee State Forest near Citrus Springs
- Oxbow Trail - With two loops along an oxbow in the Withlacoochee River, the Oxbow Trail is the northernmost trail in Withlacoochee State Forest and a scenic short walk.
- Withlacoochee State Trail - Tracing 46 miles of railroad history down forested corridors, past big lakes and city parks, and through quaint communities with restaurants, bicycle shops, and restrooms: the Withlacoochee State Trail is one sweet ride.