Suncoast Chapter - Florida Trail Association

Green Swamp West Hiking Trails - Withlacoochee State Forest

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Green Swamp Hiking Trail
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The Green Swamp West Foot Path is about 20 miles long connecting to the Richloam hiking trail in the north and to the Green Swamp (east) hiking trails in the south. The trail crosses prairies and sandhills and meanders beneath tall pines. With two cars, it's a comfortable day hike between trailheads.

Access from Dade City is via River Road to Ranch Road next to the Withlacoochee River. On Hwy US-301, you will find River Road just south of the citrus processing plant in Dade City. Travel on River Road for about five miles until it comes to the bridge across the Withlacoochee River. Cross the river and look for an FTA trail sign on the right. There is parking a little farther to the east in a lot on the left side of the road. Before you cross the river, you can find the Withlacoochee River Park on Auton Road just south of River Road.

On SR-471, the trail starts just north of the river at McNeill Road. Park well off the highway and enter the trail at the walk-thru.

On the south side of the river and the east side of the road, you will find the western end of the Green Swamp (east) trail.

Download Grab & Go Guide
Map of Green Swamp West
Contact Trail Master/Activity Leader

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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.