FNST Western Corridor Hiking Series - Hike 7

Western Corridor Hiking Series  Hike 7 Inverness to Mutual Mine

This hike brings us into one of the many areas along the Western Corridor of the Florida National Scenic Trail maintained by the Suncoast Chapter.  The Citrus Tract of the Withlachoochee State Forest features hills, sinks, limestone caves, hammocks and pine forests. This area is home to all manner of wildlife including deer, quail and a dense population of red-cockaded woodpeckers. The Citrus Tract has the largest population of red-cockaded woodpeckers in peninsular Florida. There are forty-eight clusters of woodpeckers in the forest. The forest is upland sandhill scrub, oak thickets, sand pine and longleaf pine. See info and nesting map here.

Wed. Dec. 11 - Linda Dawson and Elizabeth Holland

Meet: Mutual Mine Campground

Time: 8:30a.

Long hike: 13 miles

Short hike: 5.5 miles to Holder Mine

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Carpooling:  If you would like to carpool, please post as a comment  

We'll meet at the Mutual Mine Campground and shuttle to the start of the hike at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness. We'll need to know whether you'll be hiking 13 miles or 5.5 miles when you arrive - to do a proper shuttle.  Be prompt.

What to Bring:--> 2 liters or quarts of water. Lunch and snacks. The water is not a guideline.  It is a requirement for this hike.  Snacks and Lunch.  Sunscreen is optional.

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  • treehouseyoga

    Thanks, everyone, for an AWESOME day in the forest! After a bit of shuttling fun, we began our hike in Whispering Pines Park. The City of Inverness certainly possesses one of prettiest municipal parks anywhere: biking, ball fields, swimming complex, a frisbee golf course and hiking trails - including the Florida National Scenic Trail - running right through the park!
    We walked down to where the FNST leaves the Withlacoochee State Trail and followed the trail through the park, briefly out on to SR 581 and then up into the Citrus Tract of the Withlachoochee State Forest.
    Gorgeous forest the rest of the way. We saw some of the white banded long leaf pines - marked for a study for nests of the red-cockaded woodpecker - and one of the many caves in the area.
    Nice weather. Great people! Thanks, folks!
    See you on the trail ~
    Elizabeth
    P.S. - Please post pictures if you took 'em.

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

      Thank YOU for putting in the time & effort to organize & lead us. Shuttling was both interesting & confusing but ultimately it all made sense. Great day, wished I had done long hike. arl

      December 14, 2013

  • Frances C.

    Another beautiful hike!

    December 12, 2013

  • Mike N.

    Good explanations by Elizabeth of the relationship of the bike trail, the loop trails and the Florida Trail.

    December 12, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm coming from the Lakeland area and have never been in that part of Florida. I'm concerned about missing the sign as well. The directions from MapQuest aren't very good.

    December 9, 2013

    • Arlene/Marty Winick-DYNAMIC D.

      her car is grey murcury mountaineer

      December 10, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank You Arlene!

      December 10, 2013

  • linda d.

    Hi! car is grey mercury mountaineer

    December 10, 2013

  • linda d.

    I'm pretty sure there's a sign on the right just before the campground
    I'll have a car at the turn in so you won't miss it.

    December 9, 2013

  • Barbara C.

    Coming south on 581, is there a sign for the campground that's easy enough to spot, or easy to miss?

    December 9, 2013

  • linda d.

    Mutual Mine is the 1st. coming North.

    December 3, 2013

  • healthymom

    As i'm driving north on 581, is Mutual, the 1st or 2nd campground?

    December 2, 2013

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