The Croom Tract at Withlacoochee State Forest

Hernando and Sumter Counties

The Croom Tract has more than 20,000 acres of cypress and longleaf pine forests and includes 13 winding miles of the Withlacoochee River, which reaches its widest expanse and forms Silver Lake, a prime recreation spot.

Recreation Areas on the Croom Tract:

Croom Motorcycle Area website  |  Hog Island  |  Iron Bridge  |  River Junction  |  Silver Lake  |  Tucker Hill  |  More

Maps

Hog Island Recreation Area

Located on the east bank of the Withlacoochee River near the community of Nobleton and includes the Hog Island Nature Trail, part of the Trailwalker Program, is officially certified as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The campground has beautiful shaded  campsites which are screened from each other with natural understory vegetation and access to the Withlacoochee River.

Features
  • Picnic area
  • Fishing
  • Canoe and boat launch
  • No pets allowed
  • Nature Trail* is a 2 mile loop
  • Hiking Trails:
     - River Trail*/ Sumter is 7.2 miles
  • Equestrian Trails: 
     - Hernando Main Loop is 18.65 miles
     - Hernando is 36.35 miles
     - Sumter is 7.70 miles
Facilities
  • 20 non-electric campsites with water, picnic table and fire ring
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Dump station
  • Campsite with water is available near the river for campers arriving by canoe
  • Youth Group Area (reservations required, call (352) 797-4140)

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.

Directions: From I-75, take Exit 309 to County Road 476. Head west to the intersection with County Road 635. Follow south to Hog Island Recreation Area.


Iron Bridge Day Use Area

The hiking trail provides a good turn-around point for less experienced hikers that start their hike from either Hog Island or River Junction.

Features
  • Picnic area
  • Hiking
  • Canoe launch
  • Canoe Trail
  • Parking
  • No pets allowed

River Junction Recreation Area

Campground is located at the junction of the Little Withlacoochee River and the Withlacoochee River at the southern end of Silver Lake. This recreation area provides many opportunities for canoe and fishing enthusiasts.

Features
  • Boat and canoe launch
  • Nature trail
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Canoe Trail
  • Hiking Trail
  • No pets allowed
Facilities
  • 20 non-electric campsites with water, picnic table and fire ring
  • Restrooms and showers

Silver Lake Recreation Area Complex

The Silver Lake Recreation Complex is approximately 6 miles down river from Hog Island Recreation Area and 10 miles from the Nobleton boat ramp/canoe launch sites at the County Road 476 river bridge and the community park located on the north side of County Road 476 at the northern terminus of Edgewater Avenue.

 Day Use Areas  |   Silver Lake Campground  |   Cypress Glen Campground  |  Crooked River Campground

Day Use Areas

Features
  • Pavilion
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Leashed pets allowed
  • Canoe and boat launch
  • Canoe trail
  • Hiking Trails: -Croom Hiking Trails  -River Trail/ Hernando is 5.2 miles

Campsites spread out under the open shade of large oak trees. Located on the northern end of Silver Lake on a gently sloping grassy area, most sites have a view of the water. Boat ramp located in campground. The Silver Lake Campground is open seven days a week.

Silver Lake Campground

Features
  • Canoe and small boat launch
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Canoe Trail
  • Leashed pets allowed
Facilities
  • 23 campsites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Dump Station in campground

Directions: Take I-75 Exit 301 to US98/SR50. Turn east (away from Brooksville) and proceed about one mile until you reach the stop light at Croom Rital Road. Turn left and proceed north on Croom Rital Road. Follow signs to the Withlacoochee State Forest Silver Lake Recreation Area. Turn right onto Silver Lake Road and follow to Day Use Area and boat ramp.

Cypress Glen Campground

Campsites sit high above Silver Lake under the shade of oak and pine trees.

Features
  • Canoe/kayak launch
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Canoe Trail
  • Leashed pets allowed
Facilities
  • 34 campsites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring
  • Restrooms and showers

Crooked River Campground

Old Florida style camping at its best. Sites surrounded by dense understory for more privacy. A staircase provides access to the Withlacoochee River.

Features
  • Canoe/kayak launch
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Canoe Trail
  • No pets allowed
Facilities
  • 26 non-electric campsites (Tent camping only) with picnic table and fire ring
  • Restrooms and showers

Tucker Hill Day Use Area 

Located on the Hernando County side of the Croom Tract on Croom Road.

Features
  • Day use fee
  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms
  • Leashed pets allowed
  • Trailheads for bicycle, equestrian, and hiking trails
Hiking Trails
  • A Loop* is 7.39 miles
  • B Loop is 8.97 miles
  • C Loop is 8.09 miles
 Equestrian Trails
  • Hernando Main Loop is 18.65
  • Hernando Total is 36.35 miles
  • Sumter Total is 7.70 miles

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.

Directions: From Brooksville, head north on US 41 to Croom Road (County Road 480). Take a right and proceed east on Croom Road.


More Croom

Off-Road Bicycle Trails
  • Yellow Trail is 12 miles.
  • Blue Trail is 32 miles.
  • Ridge Manor trailhead for River Trail (Hernando) is 5.2 miles
Croom Links

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