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Withlacoochee State Forest, Brooksville

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  • We ran Moon Over Croom trail race Saturday night and then rode the bike path through the forest Sunday morning. It was beautiful, mostly shady and clean. I haven't been on a trail with so many road cr...  more »
  • We stopped for a quick visit to the Ridge Manor Trailhead on Croom Rital Road I would have loved to walk down to the river but I had my elderly mother with me and she wasn't up to it. They have a pave...  more »
  • Nice walk on the trails. We went early which was nice because we did not encounter any other people until on our way out. Also, going that early the bugs weren't out yet. That also started on our way ...  more »
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  • My husband and I had an enjoyable stay (3 nights) at Hog Island CG. The camp hosts were very helpful & pleasant. The campsites are very large and well maintained. Bathrooms are older and could be much cleaner. There are 2 large shower stalls with lots of hot water. Unfortunately there was pretty extensive logging going on which was noisy & is an unfortunate sight. Denver Denny, the local forest ranger, was very helpful & informative about local wildlife and other state Forest camping. this cg is good value for the money. Will return.
  • Ahh yes, the Withlacoochee State Forest, one of Florida's largest forest. it has so much to offer and so many cool places to see. Here you will find all kinds of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. if you get lucky, you will find Dames and Peace Caves and some others (although I believe some are being protected and have recently been closed to the public). There has been lots of vandalism in the caves, also known as, "Cave art" along with littering so when we visit we carry an additional bag and throw trash away when ever we see it. Always leave with more than what you came with, this will help clean this beautiful forest and allow for continued visits. I visited the Withlacoochee forest twice this year and both times were different. The first was dry season. We visited the caves and it was as dry as can be, no moisture what so ever. We crawled into the cave pods through tiny holes that would lead us into these huge pods filled with "fools gold". It was pretty exciting to see these tiny crystallized bead-like "gold"; unfortunately, once you touch these tiny little pebbles, they pop! We found slate and shells as well. Sometimes, I would take photos and this weird blob of green and blue would show up on my photo even though I couldn't see it in person (I found that... super creepy). Anyways, We went back during wet season and realized we really couldn't do much but walk around. All of the caves were filled with water so you couldn't crawl through them. It was a different feel, much more moist, but still cold as you climb down the slippery rocks. My suggestion is, if you're visiting the caves don't go alone. Take someone with you and take a head lamp. We were lucky to find a new friend who had explored these caves before so he was pretty much our guide. He showed us around and knew which caves led to another opening. It was STUNNING. One of my favorite experiences.
  • After 15 years, this park has once again we captured my heart. I had last visited this place while camping with my boy scout troop when I was in my teens, this past weekend I was finally able to take my family on our first family camping trip. The Rangers at the guardhouse or very welcoming and warm and full of knowledge we drove through to the Silver Lake Campground site and proceeded to choose are campsite. We ended up taking site number 5 which had a back-trail down to the lake and you can see the lake through the cypress trees. In our campsite we had four different varieties of citrus growing all with multiple fruits on them rype and readi is a nice little treat for my two daughters. The beach of the lake was perfect size great for lounging, swimming or fishing. The house just before the entrance to the park was a great spot to pick up firewood for $10 a stack.
  • Camp has been refurbished and is nicely setup for BSA Troop and Patrol camping. Each patrol can be spaced far enough away from each other that they can operate independently and still maintain troop safety.
  • Lake is beautiful, has boat ramp, trails and amenities. Camp sites are large and decently cared for. Will be coming here for a long time to come.

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