The Withlacoochee State Forest is currently the third largest state forest in Florida and is divided into several distinct tracts of land. Named one of the “10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Been in North America” by the World Wildlife Fund, Withlacoochee State Forest is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast. Withlacoochee is an Indian word meaning “crooked river,” which accurately describes the river that runs 13 miles through the forest.

There are several waterways that flow through different portions of the property. The Withlacoochee River, Little Withlacoochee River and Jumper Creek have all been designated as Outstanding Florida Waters.

Many species of trees create dense woodlands and canopy trails. Visitors during the spring will be delighted with the colorful abundance of wildflowers.

Wildlife is also abundant throughout the forest and there are a number of species that are listed as endangered, threatened or species of special concern. Bald eagle, fox squirrel and gopher tortoise may be seen, along with wild turkey, gray squirrel, rabbit and white-tailed deer.

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Seasonal hunting is available in most of the forest. There are trail closures during hunt seasons, special events, prescribed burns, flooding, etc.

Withlacoochee State Forest


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