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Withlacoochee State Trail

 Activities at Withlacoochee State Trail

Bicycling

Bicycling

This long and relatively straight trail is extremely popular with cyclists of all skill levels. Experienced cyclists use it for long-distance training and, with seven trailheads, there is ample access to make short trips. This trail is the venue for one of the Southeast's largest single day bike rides each year on the first Sunday in October. Bike racks are available at the Inverness Trailhead.

Birding

Birding

The trail intersects the nearby Withlacoochee River’s floodplain in several locations, which, along with scenic Lake Henderson and the Tsala-Apopka chain of lakes, attracts many species of birds. Trail volunteers have installed over 200 birdhouses for bluebirds and other species along the 46-mile corridor.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Paddlers will enjoy the nearby Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail for canoeing and kayaking. For information on access points, see FloridaGreenwaysAndTrails.com.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking is permitted on the entire length of the trail which is generally flat and traverses a region with many other nearby recreational opportunities including the Withlacoochee State Forest.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

An unpaved equestrian trail parallels portions of the paved trail. A watering station for horses is located at the Ridge Manor Trailhead.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive panels highlighting points of interest and natural resources along this rail-trail feature a range of topics including the history of the trail's corridor and information on some of the often-seen wildlife.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Although the trail is fully paved, trail users enjoy riding "fat tire" bikes on this multi-use trail and there is easy access from here to additional unpaved trails at Whispering Pines and in the Withlacoochee State Forest.

Parking

Parking

There is a parking area at each of the trailheads and equestrian parking space is available at Gulf Junction, Citrus Springs, Ridge Manor, Trilby and Owensboro trailheads.

Pets

Pets

Well behaved dogs are allowed on the trail with a maximum six-foot, hand-held leash. Owners are requested to walk their dogs near the edge of the trail for the safety of all trail users.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic pavilions are located at Gulf Junction, Citrus Springs, Inverness, Townsen Park and Ridge Manor trailheads.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Covered picnic shelters are located at every trailhead, as well as Floral City. You will also find both covered and uncovered tables or benches at various points along the trail.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

There are restroom facilities located at each trailhead and a portable toilet is available in Floral City.

Roller Blading

Roller Blading

What better scene for inline skating than this long, straight, paved corridor with access from any of its seven trailheads!

Walking

Walking

Seven trailheads located along the 46-mile trail provide convenient access to a level, paved surface that is an ideal venue for both short and long walks in a peaceful, natural setting. Runners will find this a perfect training venue and there is a fitness course adjacent to the trail at the Inverness Trailhead.

Water Fountain/Potable Water

Water Fountain/Potable Water

Potable water is available at each of the trailheads, and the Ridge Manor Trailhead has a watering station for horses.

Wheelchair Accessible

Wheelchair Accessible

Motorized wheelchairs and other personal mobility devices are permitted, if required.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

As it winds through six distinct natural communities, the WST offers rich opportunities for viewing gopher tortoises and other native animal species. Transient wildlife species include bobcats, feral hogs, river otters, turkeys, deer, squirrels and a great variety of snakes, birds and insects.