Way down under the Withlacoochee State Forest, there’s a whole other world waiting to be explored in its caves.
Withlacoochee State Forest
Activities in Withlacoochee State Forest
A morning of exploration allowed us to experience the not-quite-open-yet Good Neighbor Trail and its historic context during our visit to Brooksville this September.
Home to Withlacoochee State Forest, Brooksville is the county seat of Hernando County and the heart of Florida’s Adventure Coast. With a growing network of bike paths and plenty of trails, it’s a great destination for outdoor recreation.
East vs. West: which is best? I hiked both as a loop, so here’s a rundown of how the two corridors of the Florida Trail compare through Central Florida – and a little trail history.
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
Using the Florida Trail and the Blue Loop Trail, hikers can explore a picturesque corner of Withlacoochee State Forest in Ridge Manor along a 3.9-mile loop.
With three stacked loops containing 24.9 miles of marked footpaths, the Croom Hiking Trail is one of the oldest and driest loop hike destinations for backpackers on the Florida Trail.
A pleasant ramble on bluffs above the Withlacoochee River, the Croom River Trail segment of the Florida Trail tunnels through oak hammocks and slips around cypress swamps along its 6.3-mile journey.
With 241 miles of Florida Trail segments linking Withlacoochee State Forest and the Cross Florida Greenway, the Western Corridor provides access to wild spaces north of Tampa.
Spanning from the Gulf of Mexico to the Withlacoochee River, Florida’s Adventure Coast stakes its claim with outdoor activities to choose from in every season.