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Withlacoochee State Forest

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Address: 15003 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone Number: 352-754-6896
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Description: With many species of wildlife and recreational opportunities...
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.
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Dames Cave & Peace Cave

This seems to be a little known day trip from Orlando. There are four cave about a mile down an easy walking trail. Great adventure for young and old! You need to bring a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Porters Lake, Canada
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Porters Lake, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This seems to be a little known day trip from Orlando. There are four cave about a mile down an easy walking trail. Great adventure for young and old! You need to bring a flashlight as it is dark in the caves, and you will be doing a "self guided" tour. The head of the trail is on Citrusway, or... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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141 reviews 141 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The forest has many trails that can be hiked, biked, driven, horseback ridden or traversed on motorcycle. You can boat on or swim in Silver Lake, and camp in the campground. What a great place for family fun!

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Start at Hwy 50 and you have a short trip to Trilby or forever if you go north. Smooth and mostly flat rail to trail with light dappled shade. Silver Lake is a good put-in point for kayaks and canoes and there's excellent camping there as well.

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Atlanta
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a nice state forest to visit while in the area. Take a scenic bike ride or walk on the bike trail-- there's dozens of places you can put in, including a location right off of Cortez Blvd (I-75 exit 301). There's no charge, of course.

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Chateauguay, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went there for 3 days and its was awesome but theres missing some indications. We are from quebec so we really dont know the aeras. I met people from there and follow them to have fun outside the main trail. Theres a big sand pit Where i have fun to hold gaz little bit more.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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371 reviews 371 reviews
185 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We have been riding trails in Florida for the past two weeks and this is one of the best. I have never seen a bike trail with a maintenance truck blowing the leaves off the trail. Today we saw the truck cleaning the trail twice. We also,spoke to a volunteer policing the area. It was beautiful with places to picnic... More 

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Muskoka District, Canada
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229 reviews 229 reviews
33 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I have biked about 60 rails to trails in North America and the Withlacochee is definitely in the top 10 (and perhaps the top 5.) Has pretty well everything you would want in a bike trail -- especially the southern part (more scenic)

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Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Beautiful old Florida riding trails. Well marked and easy to get to from our Bushnell B&B just across the street. Once deep into the forest, you can imagine what it was like 100's of years ago. They are doing a good job keeping the trails cleared. Just a few instances of downed branches, as with any forest trail. We rode... More 

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Brooksville, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great place to hike, bike ride or just walk and see nature and get some fresh air. The hiking paths are marked very well. You can even bring your dog hiking with you.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Trails are easy to follow, just follow the one were the ground is beat down more. Lots of spiders, so watch your step, and ground is slippery. Bring plenty of water with you. Most of the caves are to small to climb into.

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