Typical view [?]
NOTE: Good for forest but not good as just a bird spot
NOTE: Shade is pretty good
NOTE: B or C
NOTE: It can get grassy especially in summer.
NOTE: Had none but should be here.
NOTE: C except the grass can get tall in summer
LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
A forest trail that varies so that it's interesting. Mostly oak, then cypress. It's out and back and pretty far to the river but it's also interesting to go for a short out and back hike.
We saw hawks and a few forest birds - titmice, warblers. Not packed but more than you might expect in this kind of dense forest.
We saw none but I'm sure there is plenty in there.
Bathrooms are by the parking lot / sidewalk.
There's a long parking lot for the Withlacoochee state trail. In the middle there's a picnic pavilion - look past that for the trailhead and sign over entrance.
See Experience section below but basically: To reach the river on the left fork is 3.5 miles / 2 hours total. The right fork I'd say is probably 1.25 hours. To go all the way up to silver lake I'd guess is about double the left fork length. We've often stopped just for 20 minutes for a break driving and it's still a nice hike.
Here is the map. When you start out you can take a left (straight)
Maybe a 1/3 of a mile in the trail opens up to a clear area and it seems to go more or less straight into forest or go to the right. If you go to the right you'll reach the river quicker but we haven't tried this way. Going straight it took us 2 hours / 3.5 miles to get to the river and back. I'd guestimate the shorter route would be 60% the length so an hour and 15 minutes maybe. It's also closer to the highway.
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