Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc. is a friends group under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Recreation and Parks. RTW helps to develop, maintain, and promote the Withlacoochee State Trail. Members volunteer their time and labor on projects such as trail maintenance, fundraising, public education about trail-related issues, and building trail amenities.
The Withlacoochee State Trail is a 12-foot wide, paved 46-mile multi-use rail trail, which opened for use in 1992. The trail is currently one of the longest Rail Trail in the state of Florida. The total acreage of the trail is 761.51 acres. Horseback riding is available on a separate trail adjacent to the paved trail. The trail extends from near Dunnellon, FL, at the Gulf Junction Trailhead south to Owensboro Trailhead, on Hwy 301, Dade City, FL. The Withlacoochee State Trail connects scenic small towns and villages and goes through the beautiful Withlacoochee State Forest. (See The map)
To become a member or renew your membership, fill out our Online Membership Application Form where you'll have the option to also pay online. Or you can fill out this printable Application Form and mail it to us.
MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS are in September, November, February and April at the LAKES REGION LIBRARY, 1511 DRUID ROAD, INVERNESS, FL 34451. This year, our September meeting will be on Wednesday the 18th at 5:30PM and the November meeting will be on Tuesday the 19th at 5:30PM. The April meeting will be on Monday, April 20th and 5:00PM.
100% of the proceeds from the purchase of our merchandise goes to trail improvements and maintenance of the trail.