Hiking Citrus Trail “B” Loop

April 28-29, 2011

Time to take a hike. We are about to get into some very  hot weather and this was our last chance to get in some hiking on the Citrus Hiking Trail in Withlacoochee State Forest. This is a fantastic trail consisting of 4 loops that can be hiked over 3-4 days or can be done as day hikes for 2 of the trailhead camprgrounds, Holder Mine and Mutual Mine. Paul, Anne and I headed out with the intention of getting in about 7-8 miles on the first day. Including the hike from the campground we hiked a total of 17.6 miles on this trip.

Heading out on the trail

All the trails here are considered dry trails. You have to carry in all the water you will need or strategically cache water along the forest roads at the trail crossings before you head out. The trail will take you through many different plant communities. You will see scrub, thickets, tall pines, and some very interesting rocky hammocks and even some caves!

Oak Thicket on B Loop

We arrived to the Jackson campsite early, set up camp and spent the afternoon exploring the area. It was wonderful to just lounge around with none of the sounds of the city around us. We had seen no other persons all day on the trail. Dinner was chickena nd rice with vegies and Paul added in some pineapple and that made for a real treat. After dinner we sat around the fire listening to a distant storm passing and soon we were all ready for a good nights sleep. As hot as it was that day, I did not expect it to get so very cool that night! We woke up to a brisk morning and I had the coffee brewing quickly! After a quick breakfast we broke camp and headed out to finish our hike. The day was just beautiful. The cool morning had all the birds singing and spring flowers blooming. The breeze was just cool enough to bring chillbumps up as it blew by.

Paul and Anne coming up out of the caves on "B" Loop

We were back at the camground around noon and said our goodbys. It was a very relaxing trip and Paul and Anne learned alot about their equipment. Everytime you take a trip like this you learn  more about what to take and what to leave behind…and what you need to buy and to sell!

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For more information on the Citrus Hiking Trials contact the Withlacoochee State Forest Recreation/Visitors Center at 325-754-6896

Want to give these triala  hike and don’t want to go it alone – give us a call. We will be happy to book a guide to accompany you! 813-789-0904 or visit www.notaclueadventures.com

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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