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Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee also has a trail guide for sale in area bike shops and online. The guide is a personal favorite of mine as it provides a historical perspective in addition to useful riding information.
There is a lot of available information on the Withlacoochee State Trail. You can begin right where you are now, on the City of Inverness visitor website. The best source, in my opinion, is the Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc. Their website is found at http://www.rttwst.org/. There you can find Trail maps and mileage grids, lodging suggestions and other useful information.
Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee also has a trail guide for sale in area bike shops and online. The guide is a personal favorite of mine as it provides a historical perspective in addition to useful riding information. You may know the Withlacoochee State Trail is built on an old rail bed, but did you know Hernando de Soto and his men walked on a prior, ancient path here more than 450 years ago? Fifty-five years ago Elvis Presley was filmed in the old Inverness Courthouse – I like to think someone called out, “Elvis has left the building” back then and that he strolled down to Lake Henderson along the Trail.
If you enjoy riding with others, consider participating in the Rails-to-Trails Annual Bike Ride on the first Sunday of October (supporting Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc.), or the Clean Air Ride (supporting the Key Training Center) in late March. Registration for the October 2, 2016 Rails-to-Trails Annual Bike Ride is due by September 11 if participants want event t-shirts. The Citrus County Chronicle covers these events well beforehand.
After being snowbirds for years, my husband and I were finally in town for the October Rails-to-Trails ride in 2014, so we registered on their website and bicycled the full 100 miles. (That was my third century ride; let me just say that I slept very, very well that night.) These days I volunteer – look for me at one of the SAG stops!