Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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 Hog Island 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
  • Primitive campsites with water, picnic table and fire ring with a grate and/or a grill.
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Dump station
  • Campsite with water is available near the river for campers arriving by canoe.
  • Group Camp for organized youth groups requires a reservation. Reservations 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. Turn left and head west to the intersection with County Road 635. Turn left and follow south to Hog Island Recreation Area.

Address: 9274 CR 635 (FR 13), Bushnell, FL 33513


Iron Bridge Day Use Area

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

Features
  • Picnic area
  • Hiking
  • Canoe trail
  • Parking
  • No pets allowed.

Address: 11050 SW 60th St (FR 13), Webster, FL 33597


River Junction Recreation Area

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

Features
  • Boat and canoe launch
  • Nature trail
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Canoe trail
  • Hiking trail
  • No pets allowed.
Facilities
  • Primitive campsites with water, picnic table and fire ring with a grate and/or a grill.
  • Restrooms and showers

Address: 5827 SW 121st Ave (FR 13), Webster, FL 33597


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.

Address: Silver Lake Recreation Complex/Gate House/Host- 31475 Silver Lake Road, Brooksville, FL 34602

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

Day Use Area

Features
  • Pavilion. Reservation required by visiting FloridaStateForest.ReserveAmerica.com or calling 877-879-3859.
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Leashed pets allowed.
  • Canoe trail
  • Hiking trails: Croom Loop Trails (30+ miles) and River Trail/Hernando is 7 linear miles.

Silver Lake Campground

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.

Features
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Canoe trail
  • Leashed pets allowed.
Facilities
  • Developed campsites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring with a grate and/or a grill.
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Dump station in campground

Directions: Take I-75 Exit 301 to US98/SR50. Turn east (away from Brooksville) and proceed about 1 mile until you reach the stoplight 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
  • Nature trail and boardwalk
  • Fishing
  • Canoe trail
  • Leashed pets allowed.
Facilities
  • Developed campsites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring with a grate and/or a grill.
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Dump Station located in Silver Lake Campground.

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
  • Nature trail and boardwalk.
  • Fishing
  • Canoe trail
  • No pets allowed.
Facilities
  • Tent only primitive campsites with a picnic table and fire ring with a grate and/or a grill.
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Group Camp for organized youth groups requires a reservation. Reservations call (352) 797-4140.

Tucker Hill Day Use Area 

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

Features
  • Day use fee
  • Picnic area and double BBQ grill
  • 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 (C-480). Take a right and proceed east on Croom Road to trailhead.

Address: 26578 Croom Road (FR 6), Brooksville, FL 34601


More Croom

Off-Road Bicycle Trails
  • Yellow Trail is 12 miles.
  • Blue Trail is 32 miles.
Croom Links

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