Withlacoochee State Trail

EASY 8 reviews

Withlacoochee State Trail is a 45.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Dunnellon, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
45.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
754 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

horseback riding

views

wildlife

Escape the crowds and theme parks for a day and enjoy Florida's premier rail trail for over 45 miles of pure pleasure. When most people think of Florida, they think of theme parks, beaches, and citrus groves. But to get to know the real Sunshine State, there's nothing like exploring a 46 mile rail-trail that cuts through the heart of the real Florida. The Withlacoochee State Trail runs through abandoned orange groves and through communities that have seen booms and busts and remained true to the spirit of the south. Located between the theme parks of Orlando and the beaches of the Gulf Coast, the Withlacoochee is the perfect getaway... the perfect stopover when going from here to there. After riding on theme park rides, watching dinner shows, and hanging out with cartoon characters, the Withlacoochee provides relaxation, fresh air, exercise, and a slower pace. It also allows trail users to meet real Floridians and see the land the way it once was. The trail is extremely well paved and as flat as a proverbial pancake. Beside the paved trail is an equestrian trail for our horse-loving fans. So when it comes to biking, hiking, horseback riding, or inline skating, it's ideal for all ranges of fitness; but it's especially suited to families. Rent some bikes (Try a tandem or recumbent or even a tandem recumbent.) and spend some quality time together. You'll marvel at the moss-laden trees, the pokey turtles, and the hospitality of the shop-owners. You won't care whether you ride all 46 miles of the trail or just six of them. It doesn't really matter. It's the fun and freedom that you'll remember. It's just you, the trail, and a whole lot of Florida.

mountain biking
21 days ago

I had been looking forward to this ride for some time. Started from the north at Gulf Junction Trailhead in Dunnellon. I covered 16 miles to Inverness Trailhead which rolls through Wallace Brooks Park; situated on Lake Henderson.
Riding south it seemed that it was mostly uphill. Only one section do I recall where I didn't have to peddle at all. Mostly flat, cascading through the landscape. There were several patches of large trees overhanging the trail blocking the direct sunlight; almost arbor tunnels. There were also long stretches of open areas where the sun beat down pretty hard. Add the heat from the blacktop and it's a lot different than riding forested dirt trails. Being paved makes it a really neat experience and easy riding.
I figured I would see quite a few people along the way. Turns out only about eight that I passed in sixteen miles. There are several access points and park areas that are connected to this trail. It winds through the back of some residential areas and commercial areas as well. Be careful to obey the STOP Signs. The trail intersects in several places where the traffic is rather busy.
I'm looking forward to covering the rest of this trail. It was casual and fun. I'm sure I'll be posting the southern section soon.

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