Recreation at Withlacoochee State Forest

Special Notice

Summer 2015 Campground Closings

May 29, 2015 

The River Junction Campground and Cypress Glen Campground at Withlacoochee State Forest will be closed from June 1 through August 31, with the exception of the 4th of July Weekend, which will be open Thursday, July 2 through Monday, July 6.  They will re-open to normal hours on September 1. All other campgrounds will be open 7 days a week throughout the summer months with no closings. As a reminder, Tillis Hill and Mutual Mine are by reservation/permit only and all other campgrounds are first come first serve.

Recreation Tracts: Citrus | Headquarters | Homosassa | Jumper Creek | Richloam | Two Mile Prairie | Croom Tract Website

More Recreation:   Canoe trails | Contact Us

Withlacoochee State Forest has outstanding forest and water resources that offer a variety of recreational opportunities attracting over 600,000 visitors annually.

All formal organized group activities, including picnicking, trail use and overnight camping, require a State Forest Use Authorization. To obtain a State Forest Use Authorization, please call the Recreation/Visitors Center at (352) 797-4140 and we will assist you with your plans. 

Citrus Tract

Citrus and Hernando Counties 

Recreation Areas on the Citrus Tract: Holder Mine | Mutual Mine | Tillis Hill | More
Other: Citrus Tract Map [ Adobe PDF Document 357.52 KB

The Citrus Tract encompasses nearly 50,000 acres and includes three recreation areas with camping. Enjoy hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and horseback riding. 

Holder Mine Recreation Area

Citrus County 

The Holder Mine Campground campsites are shaded by live oaks and turkey oaks. This campground is open seven days a week and is popular with hunters during archery and small game seasons.

Features
  • Picnicking
  • Leashed pets allowed
  • Hiking trails:
     -  Citrus A Loop Trail is 8.6 miles. 
     - Citrus B Loop Trail is 17.3 miles.
Facilities
  • 27 campsites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring
  • (2) bathhouses
  • Pavilion 
  • Dump station

Directions: From the junction of State Road 44 and County Road 581 west of Inverness, turn south on County Road 581 and drive 2.5 miles, passing the fire tower, to the sign for Holder Mine Recreation Area. Turn right and continue another mile.

Note: Pavilion is only available for use for a fee by paid campers.

Mutual Mine Recreation Area

Citrus County 

Mutual Mine Campground has campsites in a horseshoe formation next to a picturesque, rain-filled lake that was formerly a mine pit. This campground does not have showers.

 Features
  • No pets allowed
  • Hiking trails:
     - Citrus C Loop is 16.9 miles.
     - Citrus D Loop is 19.4 miles.
  • No alcohol allowed
 Facilities
  • *13 non-electric campsites with water, picnic table and fire ring
  • Restrooms (no showers)
  • *Youth group camp area. *Reservations required. Call (352) 797-4140.
  • *Reservation required for ALL campsites. Call (352) 797-4140.

Tillis Hill Recreation Area

Citrus County 

Whether you want a day's ride or a full equestrian camping trip, enjoy riding through some of the most beautiful public lands in Central Florida. Reservations are required to camp or use the dining hall/pavilion/ BBQ facility. Groups must obtain a State Forest Use Permit. The Tillis Hill Day Use Area has a day use fee. Call (352) 344-4238.

Features
  • *Pavilion
  • *Commercial BBQ grill/smoker
  • *Dining hall/meeting room
  • No pets allowed
  • Equestrian trails:
     - One Day Trail is 12 miles.
     - Two Day Trail is 24 miles.
Facilities
  • *37 campsites with paved slabs, electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring
  • (2) bathhouses
  • *28 horse stalls. Two stalls are designed for stallions. A communal corral is also available.
  • Dump station

* Reservations required. Call (352) 344-4238.

NOTE : ALL horses must have proof of current negative Coggins test results when on state lands. ALL children under the age of 16 are required to wear a protective helmet while riding on state lands.

More Citrus Tract


Headquarters Tract

Hernando County 

This tract includes recreation at McKethan Lake as well as the visitors center for Withlacoochee State Forest.

Visitors Center Hours

Open Monday - Friday, except holidays
from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours may change without notice. Please call ahead if you plan to stop by.

McKethan Lake Day Use Area

Three pavilions and numerous picnic tables are nestled around the lake. The nature trail offers visitors a chance to view wildlife such as white-tailed deer, hawks and owls. There are four species of southern pine: longleaf, slash, loblolly and sand.

Features

Three Pavilions. Daily fee for pavilion, and reservations are required. 


Homosassa Tract

Citrus County 

The Homosassa Tract office is located on U.S. 19 six miles south of Homosassa Springs at the fire tower and Burnt Bridge Road. Take Burnt Bridge Road for 2 miles west to the end of the road. Park in the lot near the kiosk.

Features

The Rooks Loop Trail is 2.7 miles and is included in the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Homosassa Tract Links

Homosassa Wildlife Management Area


JUMPER CREEK Tract

Sumter County 

Maps: Jumper Creek Tract [ Adobe PDF Document 203.64 KB
The Jumper Creek Tract is located along the east side of the Withlacoochee River in Sumter County. Jumper Creek runs through the center of the area and flows north into the Withlacoochee River.

Features
  • Canoe launch
  • Canoe trail
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Leashed pets allowed
Jumper Creek Tract Links

Richloam Tract

Sumter, Pasco, Lake and Hernando Counties 

Recreation Areas on the Richloam Tract: Revels Pond | More 
Other: Richloam Tract Map [ Adobe PDF Document 515.22 KB ]

With over 56,000 acres, the Richloam Tract encompasses pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, bottomland hardwoods, and cypress swamp. The Little River parcel, located in the northwest portion, is closed to hunting.
The Cedar Hammock Lodge is available for meetings and special events. Reservations required. Call (352) 797-4140.

Cedar Hammock Lodge Information [ Adobe PDF Document 766.71 KB ]

Revels Pond Day Use Area

Located near the entrance to the Baird Unit on County Road 471.

Features
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Leashed pets allowed

More Richloam Tract

Multi-Use Trails- Hike, Horse, Bicycle

NOTE: ALL horses must have proof of current negative Coggins test results when on state lands. ALL children under the age of 16 are required to wear a protective helmet while riding on state lands.

  • Richloam Work Center trailhead: East Loop is trail 8.6 miles and the North Loop trail is 13.3 miles.
  • Ridge Manor trailhead: River Trail/Hernando Trail is 7 miles.
  • Richloam Firetower trailhead: South Loop Trail is 12.4 miles.
Richloam Tract Links

Two Mile Prairie Tract

Citrus County 

Enjoy a variety of natural upland and wetland plant communities including sandhills, scrub, hardwood hammocks, and open prairie. 

Features
  • Equestrian trails:
     - Bear Head Hammock Trail is 8.4 miles and included in the Trailtrotter program.
  • Hiking trails:
     - Johnson Pond Loop Trail is 2.8 miles.
     - Oxbow Loop Trail is 1 mile.
     - Nature Trail is 1/2 mile.
  • Canoeing
  • Multi-use trails
  • Fishing
  • Primitive camping

NOTE: ALL horses must have proof of current negative Coggins test results when on state lands. ALL children under the age of 16 are required to wear a protective helmet while riding on state lands.

Two Mile Prairie Tract Links

Canoe Trails

The Withlacoochee South River flows through the Withlacoochee State Forest. The takeout is at the bridge on U.S. 41 before Lake Rousseau. Canoe trails (approximate distances in river miles):

  • U.S. Highway 98 bridge to State Road 50/U.S. Hwy. 98 bridge is 6 miles.
  • State Road 50/U.S. Hwy. 98 bridge to Silver Lake/River Junction is 6 miles.
  • Silver Lake/River Junction to County Road 476 bridge at Nobleton is 10 miles.
  • Silver Lake/River Junction to Iron Bridge is 3 miles.
  • Silver Lake/River Junction to Hog Island is 6.5 miles.
  • County Road 476 bridge at Nobleton to County Road 48 bridge is 9 miles.
  • County Road 48 bridge to State Road 44 bridge is 14.4 miles.
  • County Road 48 bridge to Shell Island. Shell Island to Two Mile Prairie Canoe Camp is 4.5 miles.
Canoe Links