|Hike Name:||Citrus Tract - Florida National Scenic Trail|
|Directions:||The Citrus Hiking Trail is the state’s longest backpacking loop trail in a single contiguous forest and is Central Florida’s most rugged hiking trail, with aggressively rolling sandhills, steep descents into sinkholes, and rock-strewn footpaths. Hikers enjoy a stunning array of contrasting habitats and numerous opportunities for wildlife encounters. It is also a well-groomed trail, easily followed, with a clearly defined footpath and signposts at trail junctions. Orange blazes designate the outer loop, while blue blazes mark the cross trails and side trails.
Backpacking the perimeter Citrus Hiking Trail can take up to 4 days and requires some logistical planning. There are no surface streams, so you must consider this a dry trail. Karst features – sinkholes and solution holes – seasonally retain some rainfall, as do flatwoods ponds. There are only four permanent water sources along the trail, so check the map first and determine beforehand if you need to cache water jugs at forest road crossings before you start hiking. The designated primitive campsites have no water sources.
|Total Hike Distance:||12.00 miles|
|Hike Difficulty:||No Answer|
|Hike Type:||Roundtrip, Loop Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Mutual Mine or Holder's Mine|
|Trails Used:||Citrus Tract|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||None|
|Management:||State Forest Service|
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads|
|Hike Summary:||This is a nice tract not far from Tampa. I met some new friends from the Florida Trail Association and had a great day hike of about 12 miles.|