|We're seeing this along the roadways. Don't have a name for it yet.|
To access the River Trail, we walked through the picnic area to an opening in the fence and the beginning of the River Trail. There is an information kiosk located at the fence for this trail as well as a sign in sheet. At almost all the trailheads in Withlacoochee State Forest there are sign in sheets. We always sign in. Forestry Service likes to keep track of trail usage. We figure the more names on a sign in sheet the more likely they’ll maintain the trail.
This trail, for the 4 miles or so we hiked, is about 4 feet wide, about as wide as a lawn mower and it had been mowed recently. We headed east for about a half mile before turning south, but soon turned north and continued north basically paralleling Withlacoochee State Trail and I-75 farther west. After the trail turned north, we followed Withlacoochee River all the way until we turned around. The trail continues on for another 3 miles and joins the Silver Lake Trail which we hiked a couple weeks ago.
We were hiking along the west side of the river on State Forest land. Across the river on the east side the land is privately owned and we saw many fish camps. These camps included everything from the run down hovel to modest cabins to elaborate homes with wrap-around screened porches.
For our lunch we stopped at the bench at Gator Watch. We watched for gators, but saw none today.
|Yellow wood sorrel|
|The windmill on the Windmill Trail|
That’s it for today. Thanks for tagging along.