Croom Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

Croom Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brooksville, Florida that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
446 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

horseback riding

views

no dogs

hiking
22 days 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 !

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
2 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.

off road driving
2 months ago

hiking
3 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.

5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Croom loop A was fantastic.

8 months ago

Swamp did a fantastic job. Drunken monkey is awesome

road biking
8 months ago

off road driving
8 months ago

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

off road driving
8 months ago

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.

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

hiking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

horseback riding
Saturday, January 02, 2016

horseback riding
Friday, January 01, 2016

hiking
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

mountain biking
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday, June 08, 2014

hiking
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.