Way down under the Withlacoochee State Forest, there’s a whole other world waiting to be explored. It’s been nearly 20 years since I went caving with the gang from the Florida Speleological Society – an intrepid group of conservationists and explorers in Central Florida – to see caves both badly damaged by “spelunkers” and caves well-preserved and out of harm’s way. One of Florida’s largest state forests, the Withlacoochee has an extensive system of caves of all shapes and sizes, some serving as nurseries for bat colonies.
Want to get underground yourself? Hook up with the group from FSS for a safe, enjoyable time.
Or, walk right into this cave along the Florida Trail! It’s along the east side of the Citrus Hiking Trail, south of Holder Mine Recreation Area.