Top 3 Easy Hikes in Florida

Withlacoochee State Trail

At 46 miles in length, the Withlacoochee State Trail is presently one of the the longest paved rail-trails in Florida. With a generally flat terrain and many access points, the trail is an ideal venue for all skill and fitness levels of cycling, running, walking and skating an unpaved equestrian trail parallels portions of the paved trail. The trail corridor traverses three counties (Citrus, Hernando and Pasco), offering an enjoyable, varied journey as it runs through small towns, ranches and six distinct natural communities between Citrus Springs and Dade City. Officially designated as part of the Florida Greenways and Trail System, this State Trail is also a National Recreation Trail® which offers rich opportunities for viewing plants & wildlife and provides access to many other outstanding recreational opportunities. Among the recreational highlights nearby are the unpaved trails in the Croom area of the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail and Fort Cooper State Park.

Little Manatee River State Park Loop

Along one of Florida’s most beautiful hiking trails, you’ll be able to go down the checklist. Scenery? Try the river bluffs and creek bottoms. Rugged? Try climbing in and out of these water-carved landscapes. Diversity? Within 6.5 miles, habitats range from scrub and scrubby flatwoods to bluff forest, palm hammocks, sandhill, and bayheads. Developed and maintained by the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, the Little Manatee River Trail remains one of their masterworks.

Ichetucknee Springs Trail

There are three hiking trails located at the North Entrance of the park. Trail maps are available at the Ranger Station or information booth.

Blue Hole Trail: A half-mile walk through the Ichetucknee forest and cypress flood plain leads to Blue Hole Spring, the largest spring in the park.

Trestle Point Trail: This shaded path winds along the crystal clear waters of the Ichetucknee River. The self-guided trail will take you back in time to the early 1900s, when phosphate ore was mined in the area. Walking time is approximately 30 minutes.

Pine Ridge Trail: A frequently overlooked area of the park is the majestic sandhill, with its towering longleaf pine and wide open vistas. View the natural diversity of this unique and vanishing ecosystem. The self-guided, two-mile loop trail will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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