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Cross Florida Greenway - Withlacoochee Bay Trail

 Activities at Cross Florida Greenway - Withlacoochee Bay Trail

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cyclists enjoy an easy ride along the 5-mile, paved multi-use trail, which rewards them with a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the trail.

Birding

Birding

The Withlacoochee Bay Trail is featured as a location along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Running through diverse habitats that range from pine woods to salt marsh, this end of the Greenway is ideal for bird watching from the trail or from observation platforms that are accessible by way of the vehicle access road that parallels the trail.

Boat Ramp

Boat Ramp

Adjacent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) station on the south side of the barge canal and east side of the U.S. 19 bridges provides direct access to the barge canal and Gulf of Mexico.

Boating

Boating

Boating is permitted in the canal or gulf.

Canoe/Kayak Launch

Canoe/Kayak Launch

At the westernmost end of the access road that runs from the U.S. 19 bridge west for almost five miles, there is a parking area and canoe/kayak launch on the south side of the paved trail.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are permitted in the tidal flats, estuaries, salt marshes and more.

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity in this area of the Greenway. From the Inglis Dam Recreation Area, there is great freshwater fishing to be had on Lake Rousseau, a prime spot for bass, and below the dam there are saltwater fishing opportunities. There are several bank-fishing spots in the area for both fresh and saltwater fishing.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hikers are welcome to enjoy the paved, multi-use trail or, for a more rustic, woodsy experience, there is access to old logging road trails within the 500 acres of Dixon Hammock, located south of the paved trail to the west of U.S. 19.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Within the 500-acre Dixon Hammock located west of U.S. 19, equestrians seeking a rustic, off-the-beaten-path type of experience can explore 5.6 miles of old logging roads through a wooded area. Equestrian trails are denoted by both a red and green blaze. Note that Florida law requires proof of current negative Coggins test for horses. While helmets are recommended for all riders, state law requires that riders of age 16 and under wear helmets.

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs and cats are allowed on the Greenway with a maximum 6-foot, hand-held leash and owners must clean up after the animals as needed.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

There are multiple covered picnic pavilions at the Felburn Park Trailhead.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Running parallel to the paved trail from Felburn Park, a vehicle access road traverses from the U.S. 19 bridge west for almost five miles, providing access to numerous multi-use platforms along the canal and the marsh. The platforms are suited for nature observation, picnicking, fishing or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Playground

Playground

There is a playground at the Felburn Park Trailhead.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restrooms and potable water are available at the Felburn Park Trailhead.

Roller Blading

Roller Blading

With a smooth, level surface, the paved trail is a great venue for inline skating, offering scenic views of the Gulf at the trail’s end.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The trails wind through diverse habitats that are home to numerous native species, as well as migratory birds. Observation platforms accessible from the trail and vehicle access road are designed to give wildlife watchers some of the best seats in the house!