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No Need for Trail Envy; There Are Plenty To Go Around

Whatever mood you’re in, there’s a trail for you here in Nature’s Place to Play.

Choose wet or dry, paved or not, long or short. Florida’s Adventure Coast is laced with scenic trails, some of which are nationally recognized.

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Try them all. Explore by foot, bicycle, horseback, ATV or kayak. Let a beautiful day sweep you away for an outdoor adventure, whatever your pace. 

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Not only are there dozens of marked paths through our parks and conservation lands, some are also national assets. Discover a mystical cypress forest on our stretch of the National Scenic Florida Trail here in the Cypress Lakes Preserve.

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Cypress Lakes Preserve

The Tom Varn Hiking and Jogging Trail, in the City of Brooksville’s Tom Varn Park, is a Florida National Recreation Trail. This 1.5 mile track meanders beneath a lush canopy of overhanging trees and along serene ponds, perfect for a refreshing stroll.

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Withlacoochee State Trail

Also designated a Florida National Recreation Trail is the Withlacoochee State Trail. At 46 miles long, Florida’s longest paved trail is a diverse journey through a state forest, waterways, small towns and farm land. Parallel to its paved counterpart is an equestrian trail. You can enjoy miles of vehicle-free travel on foot, bicycle or horseback.

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Good Neighbor Trail Head, Brooksville

Would you like to combine a museum visit and downtown Brooksville lunch with a bike ride? Starting at the 1885 Train Depot Museum, pedal east four miles on the Good Neighbor Trail for a shady break. Planned for completion in 2018 is a paved 10-mile connection to the Withlacoochee State Trail, part of Florida’s planned Coast-to-Coast Connector.

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Suncoast Trail

Running parallel to the Suncoast Parkway a few miles to the west is the 42 mile long Suncoast Trail, another award-winning paved trail for bicyclists and others.

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Croom Motorcycle Area. Photo: David Casey

If motorized is your style, be sure to check out Croom Motorcycle Area in the Withlacoochee State Forest. Once declared one of the “10 Coolest Places in North America” by the World Wildlife Fund, this 2600-acre landscape was transformed exclusively for off-road vehicles.  From vast sandpits for freeform spin-outs, to miles of rugged, hilly terrain, feed your need to power up.

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Croom Tract, Withlacoochee State Forest

Find true wildness on trails of the Croom and Richloam Tracts of Withlacoochee State Forest. With a combined area of 78,000 acres, these two land tracts are part of one of Florida’s largest state forests, home to diverse flora and fauna.

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May's Prairie, Chinsegut Conservation Center

Hike nearby Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area for a lush longleaf pine ecosystem. Observe transitional landscapes between dry and wetlands from the boardwalk at the Chinsegut Conservation Center.

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Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area

Find scrub, forest and swamp on a limerock loop road through the 24,000 acre Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, comprising the northwest area of Nature's Place to Play.

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Weeki Wachee Preserve

Elevation changes within a sandhill and scrub habitat delivers vistas of numerous blue lakes in the Weekiwachee Preserve. There you can visit Great Florida Birding Trail sites.

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Bayport - Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail

Here on Florida’s Adventure Coast we even welcome trail lovers with a coastal trail.  The Bayport – Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail is a thriving saltmarsh.

Park at either Bayport or Linda Pedersen Park and launch your kayak, canoe or paddleboard for a coastal nature tour. Share your on-the-water adventure with residents like manatees, otters and shorebirds. Be sure to check the treetops for bald eagles.

For any day and any pace, Florida’s Adventure Coast delivers trail abundance. From lengthy hikes or lunchtime strolls to bike rides and a scenic saltmarsh, find your perfect trail and visit often. Enjoy witnessing the natural world changing from visit to visit and season to season. With so many trail riches, there are plenty to share.

Plan your trail adventure today!