Withacoochee State Forest

Experience natural Florida at the Withlacoohee State Forest which stretches from the township of Homosassa to the city of Wildwood.  Withlacoochee State Forest is the third largest forest in Florida and covers parts of four counties; Citrus, Pasco, Sumter, and Hernando.  The popular Withlacochee River snakes through 13 miles of the forest and is a major destination for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and airboating.

The Withlacochee Forest provides many canopy trails through heavily forested areas. You can enjoy a stroll through stands of longleaf pine, maple, bald cypress, slash pine, wild magnolias, and more. Wildlife is abundant within the forest and you can expect the see animals such as fox, squirrels, gopher tortoises, rabbits, wild turkeys, and bald eagles. The forest is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Seasonal hunting and fishing are allowed, with certain restrictions, in the forest.

Trails are popular within the forest. In addition to hiking and walking trails, there are canoeing and kayaking paths along the river, cycling paths that run for miles, equestrian trails, and event the Croom Motorcycle Area, a 2600-acre off-road area for motorcycles and ATVs. Camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing areas are provided. Pets are allowed on leashes.

Photo courtesy of www.visitcitrus.com