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Withlacoochee State Forest
WITHLACOOCHEE STATE FOREST
WITHLACOOCHEE STATE FOREST
Withlacoochee State Forest
'American Bald Eagle'
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'Gator and Turtle sunning'
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'Flashing the Red Cockade'
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The male Red Cockaded Wookpecker will flash his red cockaded to warn you if you are in his territory.

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'Great Horned Owl'
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After a long day in the forest this great horned own perched himself on a nearby tree as the sun was setting.

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'Gulf Frittiliary on a butterfly weed'
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The brightly colored butterfly weed grow in the sandhill habit of the Withlacoochee State Forest

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'Swallow-tailed kite eating'
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In July, the swallow tailed kites gather to migrate back to South America for the winter.

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'Red Cockaded Woodpecker feeding his young'
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The Federally Red cockaded woodpeckers begin nesting in April. This RCW adult brought an insect back to his offspring.

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'Mutual Mine Recreation area'

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Withlacoochee State Forest
'Caves'

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'Mutual Mine Recreation area'

Withlacoochee State Forest



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.


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Riverscape Boat Tours LLC - Ocala, FLBoating
Ride silently on nature tours on the silver river. The most beautiful river in the world. We transport guests back in time to wild Florida as it was thousands of years ago - untouched and untamed. Sparkling clear water that has over a hundred feet visibility. Book the Silver River trip now as the boats fill fast.
Web Site: riverscapesboattours.com
49.8 miles from park*
Red Fox Stables - Lithia, FLHorseback Riding
Riding Trails are located in the Alafia River Corridor Preserve directly behind the horse stables. Your trail ride will include a demonstration, followed by a one hour trail ride. Longer trail rides are available upon request.
Web Site: redfoxstables.com
45.8 miles from park*
Flatwater Adventure Tours - Brooksville, FLFishing Charters
Flatwater Guide has two astonishing adventures to choose from. Bass Fishing and a Nature/Scenic tour. Fish for Largemouth Bass in remote areas of the Withlacoochee River, where it's not uncommon to fish all day and not see another living soul. You could also choose a lazy canoe tour up and down the pristine Weeki Wachee Springs canoe trail where you can see tons of different fish, wildlife and see the amazing Manatees in their natural habitat.
Web Site: flatwaterguide.com/Home_Page.html
21.1 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!
May 19 Our favorite camping site! We love it!!
The park is beautiful. We love the primative camping and the park rangers are awesome!
October 21 FAB. TIME by trissy40
tent only perfect, nice large private camp site, best time i ever had
June 15 kids favorite getaway by amber c. f.
my kids love this park!!! the nature trails are very well kept, the playgrounds are clean & there is always somewhere beautiful to have a family picnic! we have celebrated a total of 10 birthday parties there & never have been disapointed!!


Area Campgrounds

Breezy Oaks RV Park
9683 CR 671
Bushnell, FL
352-569-0300


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Wynnhaven Riverside RV Park - Bushnell, FLCampgrounds
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.
Web Site: wynnhavenriverside.com
16 miles from park*
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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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