Withlacoochee State Forest: Croom Section

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Beginner
50
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 3,700 ft
164
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is approximately 14 miles of unadulterated fun! Withalacoochee is a wonderful place for all levels of riders. This 14 mile loop is marked, but it is necessary to keep an eye out for trial markers due to many other unmarked trails in the area. This trail mainly consists of rolling single-track through widely spaced trees and brush. Hunting is allowed in the area during certain seasons.
added by stripesTrailblazer December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gramcounter


February 5, 2015
Bull Knapp Gramcounter  
 
Review: Good beginner trail, does have a few roots, and after hard rain storms some sections retain water. Along with some wash out after heavy rain. Good Starter area and I like to take my kids out here not to technical it's just fun for them.

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Granny Gear

December 27, 2014
 
Review: Great place to put in some miles. Some technical parts near the back. Pretty Sandy if it hasn't rained recently but overall a good place to get your XC fix with some nice FL backcountry scenery.

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Granny Gear

April 14, 2014
bp124 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Many miles of singletrack with natural elevation changes, which can be a refreshing change of pace from the other more technical Florida trails found on abandoned mine lands. The trails flow well here with a ton of long gradual ups / downs (by Fl standards of-course). There are certainly some sandy sections but nothing completely unrideable. There are several technical sections but nothing too serious or unavoidable. This is definitely the place to go if you are looking to log some miles.

Similar Trail: Santos sectons West of I75

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Gnarly


March 30, 2014
 
Review: Was on vacation to FL last week. Rode the Tucker Hill section. Very easy, but a very nice 11 or so miles.

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Bunny Hop

June 1, 2013
JFVacha Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Croom has a great range of riding available. Some up-hill, some down-hill, flat, straight, and turns. If you are adventurous I would say that you should go to "The Pits". Bailout points and connector trails make is so you can ride just about any distance. The worst thing there is that it does have some sugar-sand. Not a lot, but it is there. Mostly hardpack and very scenic. Fun for everyone.

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Granny Gear

March 18, 2012
Desi1211 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Mostly stayed on the beginner trails. We had the dog and we were heading to a state park for camping. Only did about twelve miles. Peaceful a lot of u and down hills. Were looking forward to going back for the intermediate courses

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Granny Gear

November 29, 2011
 
Review: Rode the yellow 12 mile loop 11/22/11 well marked got on at Tucker Hill @the fire tower on Croom rd a little sugar sand but not bad very scenic nxt time ill ride the 32 mile blue trail it has big lime pits to ride through

Similar Trail: im from NC nothing like it here

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Gramcounter

February 20, 2010
reif-s Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode the Croom 35 mile Challenge. I felt like there were a fair share of gradual climbs which made a long distance endurance race challenging. Some of the technical areas were surprising, as you would ride for long periods with nothing but cross-country trails and then all-of-a-sudden - here's a major gully. I enjoyed it, but don't ride it alone because this is out in the middle of nowhere. Also, alot of signs of ATV's and hunters...

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Poseur

October 15, 2009
Phlip44 Poseur  
 
Review: Lonely and sandy. Not a lot of people go here it is so far out of the way which has it's pros and cons. Pro's being quiet enjoyable deep Florida woods. Con's are that the trails don't get run enough so they are getting hard to follow in certain areas and the spiders, these huge fricken banana spiders (I'm reading that the North American version is not poisonous enough to hurt humans), keep building webs across the paths, not so fun. Also, the sand can make some parts miserable, just completely saps all your energy. Lots and lots of sand. Some interesting parts around what I guess are old phosphate mines and mounds. Very pretty deep woods but something that disturbs me is complete lack of any wildlife what-so-ever. I think i saw a squirrel and 1 armadillo last time I went for 4 hours. Just eerie quiet, devoid of life (except for the spiders). I guess the hunters have completely wiped the place out or it wasn't a good time of year, pretty sad actually, all that space and no wildlife.* Review edited 10/15/2009* Review edited 10/15/2009* Review edited 10/15/2009

* Review edited 10/15/2009

Similar Trail: Santos

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Trailblazer

August 21, 2009
rich67 Trailblazer  
 
Review: A pleasant surprise. I rode the "yellow" trail today, aka: Tucker Hill Trailhead. It costs two dollars to ride from this area, paid via a convenient pay box near the ranger's station. The trail was fun and tight, nothing too crazy. Surprisingly good cardio workout due to the natural rolling terrain. Be careful around the north side of the yellow trail, the signs and trail are not marked too well- I ended up backtracking and coming back out on the main road- have no idea where I got turned around! LOL Bring a map with you, and a GPS if you have one- it can get a little confusing on the trail without one. Some areas of sugar sand, but not unrideable. I ate three large banana spiderwebs, almost ran over a snake of some sort, and got pelted with bugs galore. Just another fun day out on the trail. I'll definitely come back here; it's closer to me than Santos, and offers a similar riding experience. I was happy with some of the downhill sections, it was a pleasant surprise to have some of those in Florida. ADDED 11/2/10: Rode out to Drunken Monkey which is off the rail trail. Getting there was a royal PITA. Sand was terrible, poor signage, and just really boring riding. Drunken monkey was OK, but it really doesn't hold a candle to any of the other trails I have been on close by. Do yourself a favor and stick with Santos, Boyette and Alafia. I slipped out onto the rail trail and rode the paved section back to my car it was that bad.

* Review edited 11/2/2010

Similar Trail: Alafia, Santos, Boyette

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Withlacoochee State Forest: Croom Section MTB Trail 3.23 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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