We missed our annual ride and paddle weekend on the Withlacoochie last year. We are bringing it back this year.
Come out for the weekend or come out for just the day.
We will be camping at Silver Lake Recreation Area at Crooked River which is located in the very back section of Silver Lake.
I will be contacting the campground to find out about sites and see about reserving the group the campsite.
Saturday the plan is to ride in the ride morning. We will meet in Ridge Manor and be ready to ride at 8:30am. Would like to ride to Floral City and then stop in Nobleton at River Ratz for lunch and then ride back to the campground. Depending on what time we complete the ride, we may paddle. I believe the mileage to be about 23.2 miles each way for a total of 46.4. We may do all of it, we may not.
If you do not want to ride, please come out and just paddle. You can put in at Silver Lake and paddle up to Nobleton to River Ratz and meet us there for lunch.
Sunday we can pedal, paddle, or hike. Silver Lake has a lot to offer.
The bathrooms are very big and clean with great hot water.
If you want to bring a camper, there are 3 campgrounds at Silver Lake Recreation Area Complex, they are Silver Lake, Cypress Glen, and Crooked River. We are staying at Crooked River, tent camping only and no electric. The other two offer electric and you can bring pop ups, etc.
Saturday night: Lets do a Potluck dinner at the Camp Ground.
Please be prepared to bring plenty of water and Snacks for the bike ride. There are two bike shops along the route where you could pick up snacks, energy chews etc.
At 46 miles in length, the Withlacoochee State Trail is presently the longest paved rail-trail 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 and 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 Trilby. 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 wildlife and 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.