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Citrus

Length: 31.4  miles (linear) from Inverness to Willow St. plus 40.6 mile loop

The Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest is the smallest of the tracts on this forest, but certainly just as beautiful.  For backpackers and day hikers, the four loop trails (A, B, C, and D) in the Citrus Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest are not presently part of the thru-trail but offer some of the finest challenging terrain in Central Florida. The trail climbs up and down rolling sandhills topped with pines and oaks, drops down into deep ravines created by erosion of the limestone bedrock, circles massive sinkholes, where jagged limestone protrudes into the footpath, and passes by the fern-draped openings of numerous caves. Wildlife is abundant: deer sightings are virtually guaranteed, scrub-jays live in the sand pine scrub, and Florida panthers have been spotted here. The sandhills are high and dry, so plan backpacking trips carefully; you may want to cache water at trail crossings. Designated campsites let you get away from it all.

From Inverness the trail heads south through Whispering Pines Park into the State Forest  until reaching the road walk at County Road 480.  An eight mile road walk leads into the FWC managed Chinsegut Environmental Education Center, Colonel Robins Tract of the WSF, and Perry Oldenberg Wildlife and Environmental Area before making its way towards the Croom Tract of the WSF.  Chinsegut is a great place to enjoy a loop hike and birdwatching from the numerous observation decks on the property.