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Friends of the Withlacoochee State Trail

Explore old-Florida charm along the 47-mile, well-kept, multi-use, paved Withlacoochee State Trail.

ABOUT US

Friends of the Withlacoochee State Trail are a Citizen Support Organization (CSO) dedicated to promoting, supporting and helping to maintain and make improvements for the Withlacoochee State Trail.  They accomplish these things by providing public education and outreach programs, holding fundraising events, sale of merchandise and by donating their time and talents to make sure that visitors to the Withlacoochee State Trail have a great experience.  Meeting dates are the second Thursday of February, April, September and November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Withlacoochee State Trail is a 47-mile long, 12-foot wide, paved multi-use rail trail, which opened for use in 1992. The trail is currently one of the longest Rail Trail in the State of Florida.  Horseback riding is available adjacent to the paved trail. The trail extends from just south of Dunnellon, FL at the Hwy. 41 underpass to its southern end at Owensboro Junction Trailhead, which is 6 miles north of Dade City, FL on Hwy. 301. The Withlacoochee State Trail meanders through small towns and through the beautiful Withlacoochee State Forest. 

CSO CODE OF ETHICS

VERY IMPORTANT
INFORMATION

The long-awaited Withlacoochee State Trail rehab project is about to begin - but repaving cannot happen without a bit of inconvenience. Each construction zone will be CLOSED to all trail users, without exception, so make note of these potential dates:

July 15 thru Dec 31: MM0 (Owensboro trailhead) to MM10 (Croom Road)

This will be done in sections, but we do not have the closure dates at this time.

July 16 thru Aug 20: MM27 (Near Ft. Cooper State Park) to Eden Drive

Aug 20 thru Sept 10: Eden Drive to Mossy Oak Drive

Sept 11 thru Oct 3: Apopka Ave to the trestle over Lake Henderson

Oct 6 thru Nov 20: CR486 (Norvell Bryant) to Line Drive

Potential dates may change due to weather. These projects will be put on hold if they interfere with Cycle LaCoochee, the WST Annual Bike Ride, on Sunday, October 6, 2024.

Check 

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/withlacoochee-state-trail

or www.FOTWST.org

for updated information and exact dates/sections.

Also follow the Friends of the Withlacoochee State Trail, Inc. Facebook page.

Remember, construction zones will be closed to ALL trail traffic. There will be no detours offered. You MUST turn around at the barriers.

PLAN YOUR ROUTE TO AVOID THESE CLOSURES.

 

JOIN US ON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 6, 2024
FOR THE TRAIL'S ANNUAL
BIKE RIDE. 
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT BENEFIT THE TRAIL.  REGISTRATION OPENS
MAY 1, 2024

CLICK BUTTON BELOW TO GO TO THIS EVENTS PAGE
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WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS  AND PARTICIPANTS FOR SUPPORTING THIS EVENT!

PRESENTING SPONSOR

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SILVER SPONSORS

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BRONZE SPONSOR

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Contact Information
 


 

TRAIL MANAGEMENT

Chris Raby - Manager (352) 726-0315

Email: christopher.raby@FloridaDEP.gov

Darby White - PSS (352) 726-0315

Email: darby.w.white@FloridaDEP.gov

Mailing address: 

3100 S. Old Floral City Road

Inverness, FL 34450

TRAIL'S VOLUNTEER GROUP

FRIENDS OF THE WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL

Email: fotwst2@gmail.com

Mailing address:  

P.O. Box 807

Inverness, FL 34451-0807

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