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“Warm, Lush, Just Sooo Florida”

Withlacoochee State Forest
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Brooksville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: With many species of wildlife and recreational opportunities, Withlacoochee State Forest has been named one of the "10 Coolest Places You've Never Been in North America" by the World Wildlife Fund.
Reviewed 4 April 2014

This forest encloses almost 250 square miles, spanning parts of five different counties. By and large, it is as pristine a natural resource as can be found in the southeastern United States. There are areas primitively developed for recreation, but its true beauty and value to us is the opportunity to meander slowly and silently among the flora and fauna and admire the diversity and robustness of its ecosystem.

6  Thank Ben_Theretoo406
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We wanted a good hike through the Withlacoochee State Forest (note the correct spelling), but we spent quite a while finding it. There are patches of state forest scattered over several counties, and we wasted an hour driving to the ranger station north of Brooksfield. The excellent trail we finally found is called the Annutteliga Hammock Trail, and it is not far from US 19. Here's the way I'd go back: From Crystal Springs, take 19 south about 10 miles past Homosassa and turn left on Oak Park Blvd (FL 480). After 5-6 miles, turn right on LeConto Hwy (FL 491). The trailhead is just past Hebron Baptist Church on the right. Drive up a dirt jeep trail a couple of blocks to the trailhead.

The trail is 4 miles in a large loop through mixed forest with light undergrowth. The path is marked by orange blazes, with double blazes where the trail turns. It is fun to follow the blazes, but you have to keep an eye out, because the path is well-covered with pine needles and is not always obvious. The area traversed by the trail is a geological formation called the Brooksfield Ridge, and it features sinkholes, rock outcroppings, and other interesting sights. The only wildlife we saw was a blacksnake, and it was as started by us as we were by it!

This path is long enough to stretch your legs and burn off a few calories. I would rate it easy to moderate.

9  Thank murraba
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

The best part of hiking alone is being able to control the noise. If you are quite you'll enjoy the breeze through the trees, the flapping of the butterfly wings, the song of the mockingbird, the sound of your own heartbeat and you can't miss the crow call. Actually this forest is one of best kept secrets around. The true naturalist will respect its dignity by cleaning up after themselves and others if need be. When I hike I take along a garage bag as I think GOD is blessing me with the forest experience. Therefore the least I can do is thank HIM and pick up trash if its there. After HE put it there for us. It's my way of saying Thank You.

A suggestion...stop by the Ranger Station. Talk to the Ranger and ask where you can find caves. Get a map and take a compass. Never, ever go without a good water supply and a cell phone (just in case). Be a good Scout.

6  Thank Ken C
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We rented bikes to travel the trail around a lovely lake. Bike paths are well maintained and smooth. The scenery is fantastic - peaceful and refreshing. A great time

Thank Riverliver
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

so many trails for hiking and lots of wildlife to see. very beautiful Also a camping site and many creeks, ponds rivers etc

3  Thank stacey r
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