Join us for a 5.5 mile hike on the FTA D loop through the beautiful karst topography of the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. We will hike past Stagecoach Pond, Lizzy Hart Sink, and view the famous caves near Forest Rd. 22. We will shuttle cars so we can hike straight through to the caves. We will meet up at the brown sign for Tillis Hill Recreation Area at the intersection of Forest Rd. 13 and County Rd. 480 (Stagecoach Rd).
Please bring 1-2 qts. of water, a rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes. We will eat lunch on the trail. No dogs please on this hike.
**Please note that after the hike is over, you can explore the caves on your own. FL Division of Forestry requires that any group leader to the caves have a cave exploration permit which I do not have. So once the hike breaks up, you are welcome to do your own exploration.
** After the hike, you are welcome to come to my home for a bonfire, snacks, and cold drinks. I live just 2 miles away from Stagecoach Pond.
Directions coming from I-75: Get off at Brooksville exit or St.Rt. 50. Go west to Brooksville approx. 10 miles. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Rt. 41 Go north on Rt. 41 about 3 miles and turn left onto Snow Memorial Highway or County Rd. 481. Stay on Rt. 481 for about 7 miles (the Rt. # changes to 581 once you cross into Citrus County--just to CONFUSE everyone). Turn left onto Stagecoach Rd. or Rt. 480 and go about 3 miles. Watch for the Tillis Hill Recreation sign on the right. We will meet at the intersection of Rt. 480 and Forest Rd. 13 where people turn to go to Tillis Hill. I will be at this intersection with my gold Toyota pick-up truck and a sign for 50+ Meet-up. I will have my cell phone on early in the morning if anyone needs help finding Rt. 480. My cell phone # is[masked]-3921. I don't have the internet at my home, so will not be able to respond to any e-mails after 3:00 p.m. Friday Feb. 14th. If you need to reach me after that, please call.
Directions from I-75 (Ocala or Gainesville areas):
Get off I-75 on Rt. 44 and go west to Inverness. Follow Rt. 44 through Inverness and stay in the left hand lane. Watch for an Applebee's restaurant at about the 6th traffic light. Turn left on Rt. 581 (which goes right by the entrance for Applebee's and go about 8 miles. Turn right on County Rd. 480 or Stagecoach Road. Go about 4 miles and watch for the sign for Tillis Hill.