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Withlacoochee State Forest
Withlacoochee State Forest Great Horned Owl © Barbara Bowen
After a long day in the forest this great horned own perched himself on a nearby tree as the sun was setting.
Withlacoochee State Forest Swallow-tailed kite eating © Barbara Bowen
In July, the swallow tailed kites gather to migrate back to South America for the winter.

Withlacoochee State Forest is currently the third largest state forest in Florida and is divided into eight distinct tracts of land. Using sound ecosystem management, the Division of Forestry provides for multiple-use of the forest resources which includes timber management, wildlife management, ecological restoration, and outdoor recreation. The size and diversity of Withlacoochee State Forest provides visitors with a variety of natural communities, wildlife and recreation activities to enjoy.

Withlacoochee State Forest was acquired by the federal government from private landowners between 1936 and 1939 under the provisions of the U.S. Land Resettlement Administration. The U.S. Forest Service managed the property until a lease-purchase agreement transferred the property to the Florida Board of Forestry in 1958.
Nature of the Area
Withlacoochee State Forest has several waterways which flow through different portions of the property. The Withlacoochee River, Little Withlacoochee River and Jumper Creek have all been designated as Outstanding Florida Waters. The most notable is the Withlacoochee River which meanders through 13 miles of the forest.

A variety of tree species create dense woodlands and canopy trails. Species found on the forest include: slash pine, longleaf pine, pond cypress, bald cypress and a mixture of oak, maple, southern magnolia, gum and hickory. Springtime forest visitors will be delighted with the colorful blossoms produced by the abundance of wildflowers. Flower varieties such as goldenrod, thistle and blazing star can be found along state forest roadways.
Nearby Accommodations
Wynnhaven Riverside is located on County Road 48 in the small town of Bushnell, Florida. Whether you are visiting Florida and want sun or prefer to camp in the shade of Florida's grand oak trees, we have units available for both.
16 miles from park*

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 2 fav. forest
this is where i always go hiking and caving (im a professional caver)
March 30 Best Camp I ever had by Jimboween
We took the Cub Scouts camping here and had a blast. From the lakes made from old phosphate mines to the caves, to the nature trails. This place was awesome!
September 22 great place, great people by Jerry M
I have three four wheelers and a motor home. I moved to North Carolina last year and have made three trips back to Crooms. I LOVE IT!

Area Campgrounds
Breezy Oaks RV Park
9683 CR 671
Bushnell, FL

Withlacoochee State Forest's location provides convenient access for many visitors since it is within two hours driving time from Cape Canaveral, Orlando, and several other points of interest. The State Forest is located in west central Florida with headquarters located on U.S. Highway 41 approximately seven miles north of the town of Brooksville and 50 miles north of the city of Tampa. Contact us at:

Withlacoochee State Forest

Recreation/Visitors Ctr.

15003 Broad Street

Brooksville, Fl 34601

Phone 352/754-6896


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