Withlacoochee State Forest

Withlacoochee State Forest, Brooksville: Address, Withlacoochee State Forest Reviews: 4.5/5

Withlacoochee State Forest
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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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BelleNovaScotia
Nova Scotia, Canada110 contributions
Family
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 #491, near Lone Court, on the opposite side of the road. There is no sign marking the trail, just a small peace sign spray painted where it begins, and probably a few cars parked there. Do not go to 15003 Broad Street. This is just a Forest Ranger Office, and not the location of the caves. Walk down the path until you come to a clearing where there is a steel cable just in front a large hole in the ground. This is actually the skylight for Dames caves. Head to the right side of the clearing and you will find the cave entrance. There is also a path on the left side of the clearing that leads to Peace cave. We were there with four generations, the youngest 2 years old, and the oldest, my 91 year old mother! She made it down into Dames Cave (with a little help!) and we all really enjoyed our day. No charge to get in, but no bathroom or other services.
Written March 30, 2015
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etapanes
Miami, FL, USA50 contributions
Couples
The caves systems are really cool, and we stopped by on a whim on a road trip through Florida, and I'm glad we did. You go at your own leisure, and we even saw a bat. Very nice! It's dubbed "trail 13" that will take you there and is marked by pilars off co. road 491. Excellent! Stop by! :) Tip: Try getting in through the small spaces too within the caves (they often lead you to other parts of the cave)!
Written March 20, 2012
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susiesunshine4
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Family
Do they have boats and horses to rent there at the park are the park open on major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years

Written November 25, 2015
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murraba
Auburn, Al72 contributions
Couples
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.
Written March 13, 2014
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mattspringhill
Spring Hill, FL172 contributions
Family
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.
Written August 3, 2014
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realflorida
Tampa, FL165 contributions
This is a State of Florida Forrestry Property with the majority of the property being in Citrus County and some flowing into Hernando and maybe Sumter County. Equestrian, hiking, camping and hunting facilities this huge tract of land changes faces with the seasons. There's a cool ranger named Sid Taylor that works at the Tillis Hill location (campground and equestrian) she can talk for HOURS about native plants, red cockeded woodpeckers, caves and bats and the history of the phosphate industry in Florida. Not a MUST see for everyone, but a true Florida preservation accomplishment. I go there when I need to get lost for awhile and listen to nature.
Written September 9, 2009
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Ben_Theretoo406
Chevy Chase, MD3,337 contributions
Couples
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.
Written April 4, 2014
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Ken C
Dade City, FL31 contributions
Solo
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.
Written March 5, 2014
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ahop1
Pittsburgh, PA54 contributions
Friends
For anyone that has horses and is looking a great place to ride in an area that is extremely horse friendly, this is it. Trails are fantastic - most of them are wide enough to ride abreast so you can actually chat with your riding partner. All forested so shady in most areas. Trails are mostly sugar sand with a few areas on forest roads that might be lime rock. We loved it so much that we bought a place right beside the forest. There is so much else to do in the area. Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing - I can go on and on. We fell in love with this area.
Written January 31, 2014
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Ronald R
Ocala, FL197 contributions
Family
Don't look for tourist services here... this forest is about 65,000 acres of semi-wilderness in my back yard..... not crowded, and few trails, but an easy walk as the ground has little elevation changes. You can have the opportunity to spot deer, turkey, coyote, and maybe even a bear....and there is one area that even has a small cave for spelunkers..... ( caution here!) easy access but parking is mostly alongside the road.... and stay out of here during hunting seasons.
Written October 14, 2013
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