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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. 

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PRESENTING SPONSOR

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SILVER SPONSORS

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The Third Annual Cake by the Lake 5K and One Mile Cakewalk will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2024 on the Withlacoochee State Trail! Both events start at Liberty Park in Inverness. 5K Runners will take off as the sun rises over the lake, and 1-mile walkers will start moments later. Both routes travel along the beautiful shores of the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes. As all participants return to Liberty Park, they’ll get their finisher’s medals, and enjoy music and festivities, and of course, eat delicious cake by the lake, along with ice cream!  Unique cake plate age-level awards will be three-deep in five-year age increments for the 5K.  This event does NOT have T-shirts, but you'll be delighted with your race swag!  Free photos will be available online.  

This is a flat, straight course destined to help you set a new PR!  

EARLY BIRD PRICING: SIGN UP BEFORE MIDNIGHT AUGUST 6 FOR JUST $20 ADULTS! 

This year, we're offering $10 registration for kids up to 12 years old, and $15 registration for teens 13-17.  Those 18 and older are considered adults.  17 and under will receive different swag than adults, but it will still be good swag and you'll still get a heavy 3" full-color medal, and be eligible to win our special cake plate age group awards, as well as engraved server overall awards.  

See updates and sneak peeks on our Facebook page! 

To register click button below.

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The annual bike ride will be

Sunday October 6, 2024

More details coming soon!

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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