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Recreation at Withlacoochee State Forest

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

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Withlacoochee State Forest has outstanding forest and water resources that offer a variety of recreational opportunities attracting over 1.1 million 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 Visitor 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 1.39 MB

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 popular with hunters during archery and small game seasons.

Features
  • Pavilion for use by paid campers only. Call Visitor Center at (352) 797-4140 to reserve.
  • For camping information and reservations, please visit FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 877-879-3859.
  • Picnicking
  • Leashed pets allowed
  • Hiking trails:
     -  Citrus A Loop Trail is 8.6 miles. 
     - Citrus B Loop Trail is 17.3 miles.
Facilities
  • Campsites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring with a grate and/or a grill
  • Bathhouse
  • *Pavilion
  • Dump station

Directions: From State Road 44 in Inverness, turn south at the traffic light at Applebee's on Pleasant Grove Road (C-581). Drive approximately 2.5 miles (passing the fire tower) to Forest Road (Trail 10). Turn right (west) on Forest Road (Trail 10) and continue approximately 2 miles to Holder Mine Recreation Area and Campground.

Address: 3049 East Trail 10, Inverness, FL 34452

GPS Coordinates: 82º 22.958’ W   28º 48.027’ N

*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.

Note: This area is for permitted campers only. Parking for trails is located outside the campground.

 Features
  • No pets allowed
  • Hiking trails:
     - Citrus C Loop is 16.9 miles.
     - Citrus D Loop is 19.4 miles.
  • No alcohol allowed
 Facilities
  • Primitive campsites with water, picnic table, and fire ring with grate and/or grill
  • Restroom without showers
  • Group Camp for organized youth groups requires a reservation. Reservations call (352) 797-4140.
  • For all other campsite information and reservations, visit FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 877-879-3859.

Address: 4771 East Trail 16, Inverness, FL 34452

GPS Coordinates: 82º 21.341’ W   28º 45.487’ N 

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. The Tillis Hill Day Use Area has a day use fee. Facility includes campsites, dining hall, pavilion and a commercial sized grill/smoker. All amenities require reservations prior to use. See reservation information below. Group activities require a State Forest Use Permit, which can be obtained by calling (352) 797-4140.

Features
  • *Pavilion
  • *Commercial BBQ grill/smoker
  • *Dining hall/meeting room
  • To reserve the features listed above, please call the Tillis Hill office at (352) 344-4238.
  • No pets allowed
  • Equestrian trails:
     - One Day Trail is 12 miles.
     - Two Day Trail is 24 miles.
Facilities
  • Campsites with paved slabs, electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring with a grate and/or a grill. For camping information and reservations, please visit FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 877-879-3859.
  • Bathhouses
  • 36 horse stalls. Two stalls are designed for stallions. A communal corral is also available. For stall information and reservations, please call 877-879-3859.
  • Dump station

 

Directions: From Pleasant Grove Road (C-581), turn (west) on Stage Coach Trail (C-480) and continue approximately 4 miles to Forest Road (Trail 13) and turn right (north). Continue approximately 1.5 miles to the fork in the road and take the right fork up the hill to Tillis Hill Recreation Area and Campground.

Address: 9231 South Trail 13, Inverness, FL  34452

GPS Coordinates: 82º 24.882’ W   28º 43.700’ N

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.

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Headquarters Tract

Hernando County 

This tract includes recreation at McKethan Lake and Colonel Robins Group Area. The visitor center for Withlacoochee State Forest is also located within this tract.

Visitor Center Hours

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

Hours may change without notice. Please call (352) 797-5759 ahead if you plan to stop by.

Address: 15003 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601

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

Pavilions — For information and reservations, please visit  FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 877-879-3859.

Address: 15185 Broad St, Brooksville, FL 34601

Colonel Robins Group Area

Newly opened as group camping area*, Colonel Robins gives groups a place to camp surrounded by nature and wildlife. There are no showers.

Features
  • Picnic tables with lantern hangers
  • Nature trail
  • Restrooms
  • No pets allowed
  • Hammock Campsite accommodating up to 5 hammocks

*Group Camp Area — Reservations required. Call (352) 797-4140.

Address: 13000 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601


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 285.16 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 1.33 MB ]

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 1.23 MB ]

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.
  • 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 approximately 2.8 miles.
     - Oxbow Loop Trail is .76 mile.
  • Canoeing
  • Multi-use trails
  • Fishing
  • Camping:
     - Bearhead Hammock Primitive Campsites: permit and fee required.
     - Oxbow Primitive Camp Zone Paddle In: permit required. No camping fee.
     - For permits and fees, please 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.

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