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

off road driving
2 days ago

This was my first off road experience. We had a great time. If this was easy though I can’t imagine difficult.

1 month 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.

off road driving
2 months ago

Love this place! Trail 6 is my personal favorite! Camping at the campground is accessible and clean. Also close to trails and main grade. It can get swampy off the main grade... just know your vehicles’ limits or you’ll be stuck like Chuck!

We loved it! It’s rated as an “easy” trail but I’m a little afraid of heights and some of the obstacles had me holding on for dear life. So much fun, definitely recommend and would do again.

2 months ago

Love this place!

off road driving
2 months ago

Mostly 2x4 trails with places you can go and use 4x4. I went in a rubicon Jk with another Jk. Never got stuck but definitely left muddy. I went after it rained in January. On the map it shows a straight line but plenty of trails to keep you company.

Very nice, we had so much fun!! The place is beautiful. Was our first time with the Jeep . They didn’t had a map, we were lost a little, but others Jeep Drivers was there to help. Will definitely come back again, more prepared.

off road driving
3 months ago

It was our first real "off road" experience and we had a great time. We went on a Saturday and mostly all alone on the trail. The few others there were friendly. The trail offered many fun ups and downs that were plenty challenging enough for us beginners. There was one hill that was too much for us this time, but we will want to go down it on another trip. I highly recommend this place -- very fun.

off road driving
3 months ago

wife and kids enjoyed the main trail.
everything else is SUPER SWAMPY.
This Is made for hunters with swamp buggys.
campgrounds very saturated.
returning is a maybe.

5 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 !

6 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
7 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.

Went on a run there with 2 friends. The trail/ fire road could be marked a bit better. Pretty area to run. Bring bug spray. I recommend taking a picture of the map before you go out so you can hopefully see where you turn etc.

8 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.

off road driving
9 months ago

Took my wife and I here over the weekend with a handful of buddies and our Jeeps (Memorial Day 2017). Had a great time all in all, nicely divided trails for 4x4's, and motocross to ride on the same property. Lots of edge of your seat moments to be had, wether it be you doing the driving, or sitting on ground level watching your buddy pull off a really steep hill climb. Or, hell, even just hanging out near the front watching the motocross riders go nuts on the jumps.

But, if you do go and you're new to off roading, I highly recommend that you bring motion sickness meds. My wife said they were her saving grace while we were out there. Other than that, bring something to eat, a cooler with something to drink, and enjoy a lunch under the trees on the trails.

**And please, don't forget to clean up after yourselves. Don't ruin nature for the rest of us.**

off road driving
Sunday, February 19, 2017

when today had a blast but better for short wheel base.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Croom loop A was fantastic.

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.

off road driving
Saturday, December 24, 2016

I went on a Tuesday after the rain in a Subaru Crosstrek AWD. Little to moderately bumpy road, not a lot of puddles but a lot of spots where puddles can be and making driving fun and messy. Make sure you have enough gas to adventure down the many roads. Overall, I had fun and will be going back to go down the roads I missed.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

took our jeeps, it was awesome. can't wait to go back

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

trail running
Friday, February 20, 2015

Beautiful wooded area. Trails are extremely well marked. The dirt and gravel roads are great, but the deep-woods trails may flood out after rain.

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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

0300, my alarm goes off, I just married my wife yesterday and today she had to fly out of JAX. I drive her down and left the airport and made it to the trailhead with an hour before sunrise. I ate a breakfast on the camp stove and waited for day to break. The sound of the wind racing through the treetops was all I could hear. As day started to break I noticed a very clean and neat trail and started my hike. I only found a few traces of trash and very few human foot prints. Although coyote or feral dog prints were all about. I saw a spike and two does. Near the end of the hike I came across the equipment sheds for the troopers and inspected from afar to only see one old man napping in a truck while a light rain fell. I left the trail for a little while to build a small shelter for fun (see if you can find it). Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this hike and will return. Thank you to the troopers who maintain these lands and trails, great job guys.

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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I hiked a good section of this trail 8 miles during a 3 hour day hike.
First off you can enter the reserve off of SW Kanner highway. My iphone gps pointed towards two access points off the beeline highway, but this was not accurate. ( i suspect these are warden gates). anyway there are 5 official gates that lead into the area off the kanner highway, i suggest you enter through gate 1 and pickup a visitors info brochure with a rough map of the area to assist you in selecting a path to hike or locating the correct trail. there are quit a few little trails and pathways in this reserve, carefully studying the map will show you how to differentiate between the trails, Florida trail and firebreaks. I drove my car in through gate 1 and took the dirt road all the way in to the far end of the dirt road that ends in a fishing pier and small lake and 'group' campsite. On the drive ( about 3/4's in) I noticed a section of the road that the 'Florida' trail intersects. I noted this and continued on towards the fishing pier/ camp site to park my car. (didnt really want to park off the highway or small rough parking sections near the highway)

I then hiked the dirt road about 1 mile back towards we're the 'Florida trail' (I believe it's called lake to ocean trail) intersected the dirt road. From there I headed east planning to follow the trail as it curved back south then about 5 or 6 miles in, catch a firebreak back west, then another firebreak North west to my parked car. ( I highly suggest this route for day hikes as its relatively brief, very scenic and landscape changes are decent)

I saw a good amount of wildlife (turkeys, birds, woodpeckers, hawks and saw the two resident bald eagles souring later in the afternoon.)
I did the hike on Sunday Feb 10th 2013 so the temperature was good, and outof hunting season. The weather was a bit overcast, but it never Rained and I got some intermittent bursts of sunlight one in while which was a nice feeling. It was fairly windy, but that uld have been from the weather conditions.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Troop 599 walk approximately 15 miles from the entrance by the conservation camp thru trails back to campsite P along the main road. It was very wet and we waded thru couple of flooded areas. wildlife very active at night.

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