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Great trail, big old growth trees, cool caves. Unlike other reviewers, we had no issue following this trail as it has visible yellow paint markers on trees.

8 days ago

Love this place!

on Dames Cave

nature trips
19 days ago

Tons of caves that you can get into, but watch for broken glass.

Trail is not at all maintained. You'll encounter fallen tree after fallen tree across the path and it's very easy to lose the trail in parts.

hiking
3 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 !

4 months ago

Caves have graffiti but I think it gives them character

hiking
4 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
5 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.

hiking
6 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.

Great secluded trail. Too bad no water access, unless I was on the wrong trail.

hiking
8 months ago

This was excellent. I parked near the silver lake recreation area day use lot, had some trouble finding the trail head. If you walk down to the boat ramp and look left you should see it, you have to walk under the overpass (75). We took the high water trail to B loop, and basically did the outer loop which totaled 16.89 miles. Took about 8 hours. There are a few campsites along the way you can stop at. We ate lunch at Tucker Hill campsite. The forest changes landscapes a few times which is cool. I really felt like I was in the wilderness. Didn't see a single person all day. I also only saw lizards and birds. I didn't see any sign of boar. The trail is very well marked. I'll definitely be back

hiking
10 months ago

Croom loop A was fantastic.

11 months ago

Swamp did a fantastic job. Drunken monkey is awesome

off road driving
11 months ago

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

off road driving
11 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, October 06, 2016

Awesome hiking trails.

hiking
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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.

trail running
Monday, January 11, 2016

Great scenery! Can fish, hike, cliff jumping! Find the right spot and you can get some awesome views!

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

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.

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