Florida Trail: Hike Citrus D Loop for scenic karst topography and pretty pine uplands.

 

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Trail into the pine forest

I hiked the Florida Trail Citrus D Loop in the Withlacoochee State Forest this past weekend. The west side of this loop had very interesting scenery as the trail takes you along the Brooksville Ridge and has many Karst geological features including Dames Cave and Lizzie Hart Sink. Watch your step as you trek over this terrain as the rocks are loose and sometimes hidden it the plush fern gardens.  While positioning myself to take a photo, I happened to find a Geocache Stache near Lizzie Hart Sink.  I made sure to open the canister and leave a note! After you leave the temperate hardwood forests, that are clinging hard and fast to the Karst Limestone, the terrain changes as you hike on a soft carpet of pine needles up and down the sand-hills of the Pine Uplands. Wildflowers are abundant in the sand-hills and are a true pleasure to see along the trail. Elegant Liatris, Chapman’s liatris and short leafed Liatris were all seen in full bloom along with Dog Tongue and sweet everlasting adding a wonderful aroma in a light breeze. This trail is a 13 mile loop that can be challenging at times but a true gem in the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

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The Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest is maintained by the Florida Trail Association and has 40 miles of scenic hiking/backpacking trails (A,B,C and D Loops). The Citrus D Loop takes you along the Western Brooksville Ridge which is well known for its karst geology.   There is primitive camping along the loop just off Brittle Road.

 

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About Adventurous Barbara

Hello, I am Barbara Bowen of B A Bowen Photography and I have a passion for the outdoors. I enjoy bringing you high quality photos from the most pristine places of Natural Florida and other places I explore. I hope you enjoy my photos as I kayak down the crystal clear waters of Florida’s natural springs or hike down an off the beaten path trail that has been untouched by human developement. I enjoy Florida wildlife, wildflowers, and natural scenes at their best and I certainly enjoy showcasing them for you!
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