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This isn't really a hiking trail....it's a series of soft sandy roads for ATVs and motorcycles. It is bordered by the national forest fence line....we hiked it in November and had to dodge the ATVs while listening to occasional gunshots(hunting season). If your wanting a scenic hike surrounded by nature, this isn't your trail. Expect to hear engines reving the entire hike.
We went out and completed the D loop of the citrus trial. After a few detours the total trip was 14.5 miles. There is a small parking lot on the south side near the Taylor campsite which helps makes this trail a nice day hike. As for the trial itself, nothing amazing, lots of pine trees, sometimes it's like you're on a continuing loop with no change in scenery at all. For 6 miles. Although, there were two nice dark/shady canopy parts I really enjoyed, with beautiful, massive live oak trees, so I can't completely knock it. There is also the "Dames cave" just off the trail. A small Graffiti filled cave. Bring a flashlight and don't forget a hat and sunscreen. I also went through 3 liters of water. Wildlife: one turtle and a bunch of wild turkeys. Oh, and ticks.
Al M. on Croom Fools Run
Had a great time on this trail, the weather was perfect we did 17+ mile hike. There was a point on the trail we had to turn back, under the overpass the blue trail markers were neck high in the lake. We did go through some waist high water in order to stay on the trail. No bugs or wildlife to be seen on this trip out there. I will definitely be going back to this park to explore some more.
I ended up in the Croom Hiking trail and complete Loop A today. It was great I enjoyed the variation of the terrain and the environment. I started very early in the morning so there was no one else on the trail so it was nice and quiet. Lots of shaded areas, also a lot of up and down on hills throughout the trail. Overall it was a great experience and cant wait to head back again. The only thing I kept walking into spider webs that were spun between branches on the trail path.
They also have mountain bike and equestrian tracks.
Based off of map markings
Croom has 4 trails:
1. Loop A 6.99mi
2. Loop B 9.92mi
3. Loop C 5.79 mi + 1.15x2mi to get to and from loop
4. Silver Lake 3.55mi
Citrus has 4 Trails:
1. Loop A 6.6mi + 1.0x2 mi to get to and from loop
2. Loop B 13.9+ 1.8x2 mi to get to and from loop
3.Loop C 13.5 + 1.7x2mi to get to and from loop
4. Loop D 13.4 + 3x2mi to get to and from loop