Withlacoochee State Forest

Experience wild Florida just minutes from our Inverness hotel at the Withlacoohee State Forest,  a broad expanse of wooded land that stretches from Homosassa to Wildwood. The Withlacoochee State Forest is the third largest forest in the state of Florida and overlaps four counties including Citrus, Pasco, Sumter, and Hernando. The beautiful Withlacochee River winds through 13 miles of this forest and is especially well know for superior kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and airboating.

The Withlacochee Forest supplies dozens of canopied trails through emerald green, forested areas. You can enjoy a hike through stands of longleaf pine, maple trees, bald cypress, slash pine, wild magnolia trees, and more. Wildlife is everywhere in this forest and you can expect to see animals like the fox, squirrels, gopher tortoises, rabbits, turkeys, and bald eagles. The forest is a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Hunting and fishing are allowed in the forest during designated seasons but certain restrictions apply.

Trails are everywhere within the forest. To compliment the hiking and walking trails, there are both canoeing and kayaking paths along the river, cycling paths that run for miles, equestrian riding trails, and even the Croom Motorcycle Area, a 2600-acre mulit-use off-road area for motorcycles and ATVs. Camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing areas are located in several parts of the forest. Pets are allowed on leashes.

Photo courtesy of www.visitcitrus.com