13 days ago

This is my favorite place to hike in Florida. There are 3 trails here, and you can extend the hike amongst the 3 to 15 or 24 miles.

The right or "A" trail is the easiest. It is about 7 miles.

The "B" trail is closer to 8, and "C" is about 9.

I find the C the most challenging, but I am disappointed in the last mile or so. It seems to go on forever with no really good views or such.

I have never seen any ticks nor horses on this trail.
Bikers and Hikers have their own separate trails with the exception of a few intersections here and there.

Around early April each year, there is an Extended Marathon trail run. I think it is 75 miles? You can still hike when that is going on. Typically, this is the only time you run across more than 1 or two other folks the whole hike.

1 month ago

Love this place!

4 months ago

Saw a deer and armadillo. Tons of butterflies. Trail clear post Irma. The pine cones in one species are huge. Lots of up and down!! And the pines burnt as many were are beautiful. The yellow A trail loop
Turns into orange Florida trial ? Not sure. So at 3 miles or so I turned back. Never second guess that decision. Glad I did. Did 6+ miles and the trail looks different on the way back. I ran out of water about three fourths of a Mile From trailhead. Knowing I had only a Ways to go was comforting. Never again !

5 months ago

I live in the Pacific Northwest now, but lived in Tampa for 31. I hiked this trail a few years back and found it hot, bug infested, sandy, monotonous and shabby. It's nothing but palmetto and scrawny little pine trees. I guess it's okay simply because it's about as good as it gets in Florida.

off road driving
6 months ago

I went out last Saturday to the Withlacochee state forest, Crum tract. After a little while I found a great clay pit. Awesome time.

7 months ago

Like much of the trails in this area, this trail is much like a dirt road. Long grass makes for lots of ticks. Make sure you have applied a product with at least 20-40% deet. Had at least 15-20 ticks throughout a 9.5 mile out and back hike from Withlacoochee trail at SR 50 over to Silver Lake. Wintertime I'm sure would much better in regards to this. Beautiful trail follows the river under a mostly thick canopy. Trail is well-marked and easy to follow.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Croom loop A was fantastic.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Easy loop hike through pine forest habitat. Connects with Florida Trail.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Swamp did a fantastic job. Drunken monkey is awesome

off road driving
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Loved this. Went 2 days after heavy rain so there would be nice water pockets.

off road driving
Saturday, January 21, 2017

I went for the off-road driving but seen people horse back riding and bike riding on the trails. Fairly easy off-road driving. Even most two wheel drives will have no problem. The best mud spots and big hills are off limits and will come with a big fine if caught playing there. Still a fun ride if your looking to get out and wheel a bit.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Very beautiful area, I'm still searching for the hidden gems others have stated. Can anyone give directions from Beverly Hills

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Croom A and B" are the trails that I've repeatedly hiked and biked in Withlacootchie. To get there, park at the Tucker Hill Fire Tower and enter the trail from the parking lot. The area is not mapped out well, so bring a compass and a GPS if you have one. Your cell phone will not be of much use since there is weak or no signal. From what I've been reading recently, the map and blazes are now better marked, but i would not bet on it.

Despite the negatives, Croom is a great place to hike and bike. The trails are hard packed and most of them stay dry even during the rainy seasons (stay away from the lower elevation on the east side near the lake). Croom's real gems are its hidden features: an abandoned open-pit mine (or who knows, maybe more than one), and an abandoned cemetery (located near the start of the trail loop on one of the trail offshoots to the right). Neither is marked on the map.

Croom's hiking/biking trails venture mainly through higher elevation scrub land, so it tends to get hot in the summer time. I stick to hiking these trails during cooler weather. The scenery is fantastic, some of the best I've seen, and apparently, some of the best in the US according to other hikers. Also, there are a lot of different areas to Withlacootchie, Croom is just one of many with different ecosystems. If you prefer an area that's a bit more wet or lower elevation, Withlacootchie's got that, too.

trail running
Thursday, April 18, 2013

The best trails I've run on in Florida yet. There is some hilliness, and the vortex is cool. I'll be back many times.

off road driving
Sunday, February 24, 2013

Awesome trails for ATV and Dirt Bikes, great camping sites with water and electricity. Clean bathrooms and showers. Family atmosphere. Well worth the drive from Miami.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

Not my favorite place to bike, but it's a great workout. Put on some good tires and bring plenty to drink. The majority of the trail is packed sand/dirt/leaves, but the loose sand areas will certainly slow you down if you don't have decent tires.
There's also a 12 mile loop if you don't have as much time / energy.

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