Before there were guidebooks, before there were travel aps, before there were GPS watches, there were real live people called guides. Experts at the terrain, and at making travelers comfortable. And at discretion.
For our money, when we have enough of it on hand, traveling with a expert guide is still one of the best ways to go. This space is open to anyone who has been on a guided trip, dreamed of going on one, or is a guide.
|Type||Walking or Cycling|
|Distance||46 miles total|
|Duration||2-5 days depending on speed.|
|Difficulty||Moderate, especially for bikes. No hills.|
|Highlights||being the first to report on this trip for Weekendwalk|
What could be wrong with a forty-six mile trip on a rail trail running parallel to the moss draped, orchid festooned Withlacoochee River. Walk it, paddle it, bike it, wheelchair it...your pick. Stay in funky Old Florida towns like Citrus Springs, Floral City, Istachatta, and Trilby, eat at....
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This is what our friends at TrailLink say:
"Forty-six-mile Withlacoochee State Trail is a must-do, pure Florida experience for any trail enthusiast. Situated between Orlando and Tampa, it hosts a steady stream of visitors and locals on its paved path and adjacent equestrian trail. The Withlacoochee's length, popularity, and proximity to numerous communities have given rise to seven trailheads, information kiosks, colorful murals, and convenient parks. Although the trail makes for a long journey, food and drink are never too far as you travel southbound through Citrus Springs, Inverness, Floral City, Istachatta, and Trilby."
"For much of its length, the trail parallels the Withlacoochee River, a state-designated paddling trail. The best place to catch river views and put in your canoe or kayak is at Nobelton Wayside Park, about eight miles south of Floral City. From here the trail crosses the Withlacoochee State Forest and Croom Wildlife Management Area. In the mornings and early evenings expect to see deer along this roughly six-mile stretch.