Have you biked the Withlacoochee State Trail?! We were up there a few of weeks ago and did a lot of bicycling, kayaked along the Withlacoochee River, took a dip in the crystal clear Rainbow River, and even explored some caves. The Withlacoochee State Trail, at 46 miles in length, is presently one of the the longest paved rail-trails in Florida. The multi-use trail and linear Florida State Park goes through small towns, the Withlacoochee State Forest, and other natural areas. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities with parks, river, and lake views. Uses include all varieties of cycling, walking, running, in-line skating, horseback riding, and access to a few fishing spots. Food and drink is available in the small towns along the trail. For a taste of "Old Florida," visit Istachatta and Floral City.

The Withlacoochee's length, popularity and proximity to numerous communities have given rise to five trailheads, information kiosks, colorful murals and convenient parks. Although the trail makes for a long journey, food and drink are never too far as you travel southbound through Citrus Springs, Inverness, Floral City, Istachatta and Trilby. The trail is well marked with mile markers, and the surface is in good shape. Typical of rail-trails, there are not a lot of road crossings or driveways. Some sections of the trail offer shade provided by the tree canopy, helping make the Florida sun bearable. With a generally flat terrain and many access points, the trail is an ideal venue for all skill and fitness levels. The trail corridor traverses three counties (Citrus, Hernando and Pasco), offering an enjoyable, varied journey as it runs through small towns, ranches and natural areas. Among the recreational highlights nearby are the MTB trails in the Croom area of the Withlacoochee State Forest, Fort Cooper State Park, as well as the the Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail. You may also connect to the 10 mile ‘Good Neighbor Trail’ and ride to historic Brooksville, FL.

No fee required. Open ‪8am‬ until sundown, 365 days a year. Make plans to go up there for a weekend of adventure and explore this spectacular trail for yourself.