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Hog Island Withlacoochee State Forest

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

ROUGH DRAFT
Andrew Thoreson
Apr 2018
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? B
Birding C
Wildlife B
Summer Heat A *
Terrain B
Fun Hike B
Maintained B
Mosquitos D
Biting Files A *
Ticks C
NOTE: Qutie shaded.
NOTE: Could easily be around but had no runins
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 9274 County RD 635, Bushnell, FL, Sumter, USA, 33513
OFFICIAL INFO:

1) What It's Like

For us this is a primordial view of the Withlacoochie river and a 1.5 mile trail through live oak forest with patches of really large cypress. There's also a boat ramp and camping area. Silver Lake and the Croom tract are on the other side of the river a bit farther up.

2) Kinds of Birds

Fair number of pileated woodpeckers. Otherwise typical forest birds.

3) Wildlife

Should be deer since it's connected to a lot of wilderness. There are tons of deer and turkey on the other side of the river I know.

4) Amenities

Bathrooms, camping, boat ramp.

5) Dear Ranger

Do you have info on the Florida Trail going through the park?

6) Time Requirements

We spent under an hour - the main trail is a mile and a half.

Experience

When you pull up to the boat ramp it seems kind of like Yoda is going to pop out and show you the forest - the forest comes in close to the river and the cypress look wild. If you take the trail off to the right it goes for a mile and a half. It's pretty dense with live oaks and there are patches of sometimes very large cypress trees. Again you feel like you are immersed in a deep forest.

There is another trail here that's marked with the Florida Trail logo but I'm not sure how that works since I thought it stayed on the west side of the river. I can't find any written info on it anywhere - we just happened to run into it while walking the road on one of our last visits. Nothing on the official website for Florida Trail or the state forest. The only thing I could find was this esri/arcgis.com map that says that it exists. So - something to explore.

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