Withlacoochee State Trail

Istachatta, Florida 34636

Withlacoochee State Trail

Withlacoochee State Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Withlacoochee State Trail Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Open all year
Best Times
Swimming, Skating
Additional Use
Florida Park Service
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Jul 2018