Inverness Trailhead & Connectors
About the Trail
The Withlacoochee State Trail (WST) is a 46-mile, multi-use, paved trail, winding through central Florida’s stunning countryside. It runs on the northeast edge of Inverness with safe, easy access to downtown Inverness. Because it is a converted rail line, and because rail lines are set at no greater than a 3-degree incline, you can be sure you can spend some quality time in a beautiful, natural setting with no steep hills to climb. This makes it a super place for riders of all skill-sets – new riders, those returning to the sport after a while, or people who are avid cyclists and like the chance to ride long-distances through a quiet, natural setting.
The Inverness trailhead is at the Red Caboose at 315 N. Apopka Avenue. You can ride north from the Caboose for 16 miles to the Gulf Junction trailhead, located at 2233 W. Magenta Drive in Citrus Springs. That is – currently – the end of the trail. Between the two trailheads, you will also have a chance to rest at the South Citrus Springs Trailhead at 64 W. Citrus Springs Boulevard.From the caboose you can also choose to head south and ride for 30.2 miles before the trail ends in Owensboro.
In between Gulf Junction and Owensboro are six trailheads with rest rooms and water available; from north to south, the trailheads are at Gulf Junction, W. Citrus Springs Blvd, our own N. Apopka Ave, Floral City, Ridge Manor, Trilby, and Owensboro. Along the way there you’ll find benches and picnics tables just about every two miles or so.
Also, you can extend your ride by another 20 miles (round trip) by riding the Good Neighbor Trail, which connects to the WST not far from the Croom Rital Road Mountain Bike Trail Parking in Brooksville. From the WST, you’ll ride west about 10 miles to the Train Depot Museum and back again.
Construction is scheduled to begin soon on a connector that will let you ride out of Citrus Springs toward SR 41, and then cross it – and W. Withlacoochee Trail (CR 39) – by bridge and pick up the Dunnellon Trail, which is part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Eventually, that means you’ll be able to start your ride with us here in Inverness and ride all the way to the Ocean without leaving the safety of a trail!
Also scheduled to begin soon is work on connections between Three Sisters Trail in Crystal River.