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Withlacoochee State Forest

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Address: 15003 Broad St, Brooksville, FL 34601-4201
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With many species of wildlife and recreational opportunities, Withlacoochee...

With many species of wildlife and recreational opportunities, Withlacoochee State Forest has been named one of the "10 Coolest Places You've Never Been in North America" by the World Wildlife Fund.

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Silver Lake Recreation - Cypress Glen Campground

Large sites, and well-maintained. Right off the Withlacoochee Rail Trail and near the Croom Mountain Biking Trails. Friendly camp host and many like-minded cycling neighbors... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Large sites, and well-maintained. Right off the Withlacoochee Rail Trail and near the Croom Mountain Biking Trails. Friendly camp host and many like-minded cycling neighbors. Watch out for curious armadillos and enthusiastic screech owls if you are in a tent/bikepacking. Water & electric at these sites or the option of no electricity at Crooked River Campground just a wee bit... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love walking through this state forest. We go at least once a week. There is always something new to see. It's safe and family friendly. Enjoy.

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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

i took my family here more than once to see these caves off of 491 in Brooksville, fl. we had a great time walking together on the trails to get there. once we took our dogs.

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Ocoee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Wow! Love mountain bike riding here. One of our favorite places to enjoy riding in the winter. Lots of deer and shady. Zoom down the hill and get the heart pumping back up it. Sandy in spots makes it even more of an adventure going down hill.

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a great place to camp and lots of fun trails and exploring! River is easy to access and there are lots of areas to hang and picnic! Would like it if they had reservations for the camp sites, though I know they will be switching to that in April!

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Tampa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Pull off on the side of the road at the trail head. You'll see the cars. About a half mile east flat walk through the woods on a well marked trail. Go during the dry months as I'm sure the caves and trails would be muddy in the summer. Found a few of the caves. The ones we found were... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Got maybe a tenth of a mile down the trail around the lake and saw a huge web and a gigantic spider! Not a fan of Florida nature! Would never go back! Probably would have been nice if youre into that sprt of thing...

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Chattanooga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this forest. I've ridden it many times and still manage to find new trails. The trails are well marked and the land is used for horses, hiking, etc. It is also well maintained. They have controlled burns that help the forest. I would highly recommend.

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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

For those of you who don't follow the crowds and want to encounter real Florida, my buddy and I have been hiking the Coochee for over 30 years. An incomplete list of the wildlife we have encountered consist of deer, armadillos, opossums, squirrels, raccoons, gopher tortoises, ampullaria snails, owls, hawks, eagles, ospreys, vultures, cranes, including (even as a native) my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We didn't actually go through the state forest entrance, we parked on the 'unofficial dames caves parking lot' area found on Google maps if you search Dames caves. The trails we were on were great. (: A lot of people complain about the graffiti on the caves but I kinda like it... Granted I am an artist. Spraying male parts... More 

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