Withlacoochee State Trail

Inverness, Florida 34450

Distance30.4mi
Elevation Gain603ft
Trailhead Elevation84ft
Top99ft
Elevation Min/Max40/99ft
Elevation Start/End84/84ft

Withlacoochee State Trail

Withlacoochee State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Inverness, Florida. It is 30.4 miles long and begins at 84 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 60.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 603 feet. The Inverness Trailhead, Withlacoochee State Trail and Withlacoochee State Trail Manor Ridge Trailhead drinking waters can be seen along the trail. There are also restroom along the trail.

Withlacoochee State Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Currently, this is the longest existing paved rail-trail in Florida. It runs through an early-developed but still mostly rural part of the state from Citrus Springs (south of Dunnellon) in the north to Trilby (south of State Road 50) in the south. Its 46-mile length is entirely paved as it travels the Withlacoochee River valley through small towns, cattle ranches, wildlife management areas, and state forests.

This trail will become part of the Central Florida Loop connection into the Cross Florida Greenway at Dunnellon sometime in the next five years. If you’re serious about riding this trail purchase a copy of the Withlacoochee State Trail Guide and Resource Book, sold by the nonprofit support organization Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee. Surface: Asphalt mixed with crushed rubber from recycled tires; 12 feet wide. Location: Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties."

"Not only are bikers using this linear state park, but rollerbladers and hikers strolled and skated on the 12-foot-wide crumb-rubbery surface, made from over 10,000 tires plucked from the Polk County landfill."

Withlacoochee State Trail Reviews

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8/12/2017
Looking for a great cycling trail in central Florida? This is it! Whether you bike the entire (nearly 50 mile) trail or tackle different parts on a few different stretches, you’re sure to love this great trail. The road is paved and well-maintained and flat (of course – it’s in central Florida!). The setting is rural and quiet, and the scenery is lovely- you’ll even pedal through the Withlacoochee State Forest for part of the stretch where you’ll get to see gorgeous cypress tree. You’ll forget that the hustle and bustle of Orlando is just about an hour away when you bike this trail.
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3/26/2008
I've done this trail two times, but never in the summer. This time of year the weather is extremely pleasant and you are in and out of the shade. The scenery is fairly varied and quite nice. Farms, small towns, cracker south to gracious homes, goats, camel, horses, cattle, etc. Water and eating places can be far apart, so come prepared, but it is one of may favorite rail trails.
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1/11/2007
Plenty of mileage to be had on this trail - 46 miles long. For a winter weekday it can provide an uncrowded, relaxing ride through typical Florida countryside, rural areas and quaint little towns. There are also several side trips - walks and trails to explore. Great for an easy ride but also plenty of room for a long or hard work out.
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8/2/2006
We wanted a long trail and this certainly filled the bill. Once again, however, it is not a trail to take in mid-summer and expect any sort of shade. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and the trail was almost completely deserted during this mid-week, late July tour. We ended up doing about 50+ miles and were exhausted more by the heat than from the ride itself. We would take it again and probably try to do the entire trail next time.
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9/19/2002
This is not the trail for you if you are looking for hills to conquer, however, if you are looking to escape urbanism, and get exersize while doing it, this is great! I biked the portion from Inverness to istachatta, which is aproximately 22 miles round trip. I especially enjoyed going through Floral City. It is a nice little historic railroad town. I also veered off the trail here to buy a gatoraide at the gas station. I saw several gopher tortoises along the way, which I believe are an endangered species. This portion of the trail is mostly flat, with a few very minor grade hills, which are barely precaptiable. It was very hot and muggy, which is to be expected during August in Florida, but also uncrowded. I only saw five other bike riders on the trail. It was a nice very worth while trip to escape Orlando for the day!
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5/24/2002
First, the bad. Very little shade. Long way between sources of water. Repetitive scenery. Long way between towns. Not many places to get repairs. The good. Pretty flat. Not crowded. Long way between towns. Few cross roads. Very nicely maintained. Nice park facilities at places. Overall. Bring your sunscreen and water. It's a nice, peaceful ride through the woods.
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3/22/2001
Really easy riding trail and easy to make the north loop from Inverness one day and south loop the next. the trail is mostly woods and a little monotonous on the south loop. You need to find the river. When it says "river trail", take it. The rail is listed as 22 miles but we went 16 mi. north and 16 mi. back one day, and 30 mi. south and 30 mi.back the next. Inverness is the only place to sleep and the Crown Hotel is excellent. Beautiful and very good food. I think it was listed as a Bed & Breakfast, but only continental was included. Seven mi. south of Inverness is Lee's Cafe and a good breakfast place, and worth the stop. Local flavor.
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Trail Information

Inverness
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Swimming, Skating
Additional Use
Rails-to-Trails of the Withlacoochee
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