Suncoast Chapter - Florida Trail Association

Richloam Hiking Trails - Withlacoochee State Forest

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Withlacoochee River running along Trail
Withlacoochee River in Richloam
Photo by Ben McPherson
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The Richloam hiking trail wanders across this 50,000 acre tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. There is a main loop trail blazed in orange with crossover trails blazed in blue allowing short day hikes or longer multi-day backpack trips. The total length of the trail is 25 miles. Richloam offers a multitude of plant and animal life for appreciation by the nature lover. The southwest part of this trail follows the Withlacoochee River while the northeast section of the trail follows the Little Withlacoochee River. In between are cypress swamps, open prairies, pine plantations, hardwood hammocks, etc. The one constant about Richloam is that it is a damp place and you are likely to be walking in water after a rain.

The Richloam trail connects to the Green Swamp West trail to the south.

Map of Richloam Hiking Trail
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Owl in tree
Owl
Photo by Amanda Hus


Yellow Jacket Nest (2004)
Richloam Wasp Nets
Photo by Brigitte Hearn


The beauty of the woods
The beauty of the woods
Photo by Marc Yacht


One lane traffic
One lane traffic
Photo by Marc Yacht


Reflect and repose
Reflect and Repose
Photo by Marc Yacht
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.