Withlacoochee Trail State Park, Ridge Manor
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Withlacoochee Trail is railroad history and a bike rider's love. It was a railway line with whistle markers remaining. You can bike the connections for 40 to 50 miles in this state maintained park.
This is 46 miles or more depending on how much time you want to spend and which connections you want to use. While staying at the Central Motel in Inverness I walked north 2 miles and enjoyed lake vie... read more »
Do you want a place to ride a bike? This trail is perfect! There's a lot of people doing it and the trail seemed like no ending. You can ride your bike and no return! Perfect.
I ride this trail four or five times per week, usually putting in at Ridge Manor trailhead and riding 15-25 miles north and returning south. But have ridden the entire trail in its entirety, and familiar with all portions of it. I currently ride a recumbent bicycle and know many of the "regulars" that ride it often. In short-- I know this trail and many that ride it. It's very safe, very friendly and very easy to ride. Here's the good and the challenges for you to consider: The good: - It's wide, relatively flat, and mostly shady. - It's patrolled by the police and by volunteers and is, as far as you can make a public trail, safe. - It's extremely well maintained and is in excellent condition. - There's plenty of wildlife to see, especially if you go very early AM. Cardinals, turkey, tortises, racoons, deer, and yes-- the occasional snake. Keep your eyes peeled. - Lots of beautiful, wild scenery almost every mile. Amazing. - The mile markers are painted in large yellow letters on the side of the pavement starting from both ends. (There are old concrete railroad markers showing miles from Richmond, Virginia as well as markers telling the engineer to blow the whistle for crossings. Very cool.) The challenges: - The park recommends you wear orange so that hunters can see you. So get an orange dayglo polyester shirt, readily available everywhere. You don't need a fancy cycling jersey anyway. Use polyester-- it wicks. - There is little water on most portions the trail. I recommend you carry two quarts. - Few restrooms. It's wise to carry toilet paper and hand sanitizer in a ziplock bag at all times. - Long stretches of the trail are... wild. No crossroads, no phone service, no anything. Bring your own repair kit and don't be surprised when your phone stops working. - Many users of the trail wear headphones and don't hear approaching cyclists. (I recommend you don't for lots of reasons.) - A few cyclists don't indicate out loud they're passing you ("on your left") as they should. (Most of these are newbies.) - Be careful at road crossings. Most of the road crossings are relatively simple with sporatic traffic or even traffic lights, but all require your undivided attention. - There is no speed limit-- some cyclists are moving slowly, some quickly. Keep that in mind. Most "power cyclists" are traveling between 15-20 mph. That's fast enough for someone to get hurt. Here's my recommended list of minimum equipment to carry on every ride: - Two quarts of water - Spare bike tubes (one for each tire-- trust me on this one) - Air pump & patch kit - Tools to include hex wrenches, screwdrivers, small crescent wrench - Nylon rain jacket - Toilet paper & hand sanitizer (keep close at hand) - Bug spray. They'll only bother you when you stop riding, but... Here are some of my "extras" that I recommend for any trail ride: - SPF 30 lotion - Compressed/folded spare tire - Long sleeved orange polyester shirt - "Da Brim" wide nylon helmet brim; provides excellent sun protection (thanks, George!) - Bike bell or bike horn (to pass other cyclists, runners, walkers) - Bike lights front and rear Hope you find this review to have been comprehensive and helpful. See you on the trail!
I use this trial for walks as well as riding my bike. I also live on the trail. Most of the regulars probably know my house because if I'm out in the yard my German Shepherd barks at anyone riding on the trail. He considers it his trail. I apologize for that. As for the safety, the trail is 100 percent safe. I have seen many park workers and LEO while using the trial and while working in the garden (I can see the trail from my garden). I even let my grandboys use the trail.
Inbreds, 100% inbreds in this area and if your not one of them "be very cautious" these freaking sumpter co inbreds will make your life a living hell in a matter of 15 minutes or less. Make sure you have CWP and shoot to kill.
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