Withlacoochee Annual Ride (October)
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Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc. is a friends group under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Recreation and Parks. RTW helps to develop, maintain, and promote the Withlacoochee State Trail. Members volunteer their time and labor on projects such as trail maintenance, fundraising, public education about trail-related issues, and building trail amenities.
The Withlacoochee State Trail is a 12-foot wide, paved 46-mile 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. The total acreage of the trail is 761.51 acres. Horseback riding is available on a separate trail adjacent to the paved trail. The trail extends from near Dunnellon, FL, at the Gulf Junction Trailhead south to Owensboro Trailhead, on Hwy 301, Dade City, FL. The Withlacoochee State Trail connects scenic small towns and villages and goes through the beautiful Withlacoochee State Forest.