Suncoast Chapter - Florida Trail Association

Croom Hiking Trails - Withlacoochee State Forest

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Croom Hiking Trail
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The Croom hiking trail is about 27 miles long in three connected loops located in the Croom tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

The main part of the trail in on the west side of the Withlacoochee River and is reached by going east on S-50 from I-75 (Exit 61) for one mile and turning north on Croom-Rital Road. The first 5 miles is a paved, 2-lane country road. After this the road is graded limerock (Forest Road TR-6) until you reach the trailhead and parking area at about 9.5 miles from SR-50. If you reach the fire tower, you have gone 1/4 mile too far. There is a water tap at the TR-6 trailhead. There is no other water on the site.

There is a 6.8 mile, linear trail on the east side of the river which is reached by exiting I-75 at Exit 62 (S-476B) and traveling west and then north to S-476. A left turn onto S-476 will take you towards Nobleton. Turn south on CR-635, go until you come to the Hog Island Recreation Area and take the graded road to the right into the site. The trailhead is marked with a Florida Trail Association sign. There is water available at the campground in Hog Island Recreational Area. There is no other water on the site.

Visit Croom Wildlife Management for information about wildlife you might see in Croom.

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Father & Son
Croom Hiking Trail
Photo by Tom Hogan


Along the River
Croom Hiking Trail
Photo by Tom Hogan


Trailhead
Croom Hiking Trail
Photo by Robert Brooks


Croom Trail
Croom Hiking Trail
Photo by Robert Brooks


Florida Trail sign
Croom Hiking Trail
Photo by Robert Brooks


Butterfly spotted on Croom Trail
Croom Hiking Trail
Photo by Janette Davison
FTA and Suncoast Chapter activities are lead by "Certified Activity Leaders."
Risk Assumption: There are certain risks which are inherent in any hike or other Florida Trail Association activity. Each FTA member, guest, or non-member hiker agrees to accept personal responsibility for his or her safety and the safety of minors accompanying such persons. The Association cannot ensure the safety of any participant on hikes or activities. When participating in Association activities, each person agrees to hold harmless and free from all blame the activity leaders and the Florida Trail Association . . . its' officers and members . . . for any accident, injury, or illness which may be sustained from participating in Association activities.