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.
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!
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.
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