Explore the most popular trails near Dade City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Mostly well marked, but not always heavily traveled, so watch out for holes dug by animals and insect nests (and spiders as big as your hand).

road biking
1 month ago

The Dade City end of the Withlacoochee is the flatest (minus the bridge over 50) with more industrial sites along the way. Highlight was the wild turkeys on the trail. Still nice to be in nature. Be sure to have plenty of water as this segment of the WST does not offer opportunity to fill up. Very little shade and few shelters.
Does intersect with new Good neighbor trail where there is a decent bench and seats for lunch break

Excellent trail with few road crossings and always see wild life. Not a crowded trail. A lot of false flats and great shade. Love this trail!

great place to hike and bike. one of my favorite places to go.

Good trail. one of my favorite!

Lots of swamps surround you.

hiking
9 months ago

This review is more for the Upper Hillsborough Preserve Upper Hillsborough Tract with entrances near both the Zephyrhills Airport and also one on the other end of SR 54.

While this isn't exactly the AT, this is a hiking trail without bikers. End to end the length is about 8 miles.
Coming from the south, I typically stop about two miles short of the north entrance.

I do this for two reasons: 1. There is a very difficult elevated train track to scale to continue the hike. There are very large and for a big guy like me, hazardous rocks that make it very precarious to scale.

The second reason I usually don't complete the hike is that the northern end has a heavy boar population, and they have rooted up the trail.

A couple of other considerations:

1. Folks sky dive and fly light airplanes over head from the ZH Airport across the street. You can hear the folks soar above (even without an engine sound).
2. They allow hunting on this property, and it is a very popular hunting spot. Which is understandable considering the boar population. The down side is the hunting season is in the cooler time of the year. Just when I have put up with the high heat of the summer and expect to enjoy the cooler temperatures, the area is a veritable shooting gallery.

road biking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Have ridden the trail several times, it is great.
Does anyone know if the trail is clear, after Hurricane Irma?

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Very nice
Variety of terrain but very little in the way of wildlife

Monday, July 10, 2017

Awsome old railroad track trail that has been converted to asphalt. Alot of backyard outdoor scenery.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

The blue trail was nice and short after the white trail of 11 miles yesterday. check out the scenic lookout.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

so peaceful

Saturday, January 28, 2017

nice road. at stop K has good parking and restroom

on Green Swamp Trails

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

I've been hiking here for the last 3 years and I never get tire of it. It is so massive you could literally spend weeks exploring it. A variety of wild and plant life and space. I rarely see another person. I love it!!!

road biking
Monday, June 01, 2015

Awesome trail.

road biking
Thursday, April 09, 2015

This a great rail to trail. I have uploaded pictures of it that I took three different days this week. I have ridden it from as far south as the Hernando County/Citrus County line to the Inverness Trailhead. It is a great trail loaded with lots of bicyclists (interesting how many of them are riding recumbent bikes) and some pedestrians. This rail to trail crosses many streets, and trail users at just about every one of these crossings have to yield the right of way to vehicular traffic, so pay attention. Bicyclists also have to yield to pedestrians. Horse riders are permitted on this trail but cannot ride on the pavement (though some do, as you will see from the photo). I uploaded photos from my rides on this trail over the past week. The canopies of trees are fabulous and the trail feels cool for cyclists even when the temps are in their 80s like it was this week. The Floral City Trailhead has a bathroom that was just built and it almost ready to open to the public. I didn't see any other public trail bathrooms along the portions I was on, so this is nice. A lot of business that back up to the trail have little paths from their trail to their business to invite trail users to detour in for a bite to eat, etc -- it's nice. Inverness's Trailhead has an iconic red caboose, a nod to the railroad origins of this trail. Inverness itself welcomes the bicyclists to come into their historic district just a short ride from the trailhead. Lots of places ot pock up your bikes in Inverness. Trailheads seem to be loaded with bike shops and bike rental places. There are periodic water bubblers along the trail; bring your own bottle and fill it at these spots to keep hydrated during your adventure.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Seminole Cross Trail - Heading east on 471 its less than a mile past Colt State Park on the left. One of the best trails as far as a variety of plants and wildlife. The trail path is very clearly marked and easy to navigate through. my recent visit included a sighting of two otters, an owl, one alligator, and a chupacabra.

hiking
Monday, May 06, 2013

It was my least favorite Florida hike yet. It is not really a trail as much as a service road, and you are in direct sunlight for 95% of the hike. Now that the enjoyable part is done, there are a lot of Flies called Yellow Flies, but the real ones live here. Don't bother with bug spray (useless), bring a full bee suite or you will know what it feels like to loose your mind. We planned a two day camp but as soon as we woke, started to plan our escape...

road biking
Sunday, December 30, 2012

beautiful for biking and well maintained

hiking
Sunday, December 30, 2012

great area with lots of trails and very few other hikers. terrain is varied and wildlife is plentiful in areas.

road biking
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Great trail to ride! Lots of wild life between croon and floral city . ESP early am or around sun set.

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