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Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc.
Explore old-Florida charm along the 46-mile, well-kept, multi-use, paved Withlacoochee State Trail.


Volunteers at Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee

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Volunteers help to maintain and groom the Withlacoochee State Trail, build and maintain trail structures, maintain trail amenities and promote the trail.

Some of the jobs that the volunteers do include building picnic tables, benches and pavilions, blowing debris from the trail, trimming the encroaching trees and branches and controlling exotic plants.

Volunteers do interpretive programs with community outreach and educational programs.

Volunteers maintain our website, manage social media accounts and publish a monthly newsletter.

Volunteers organize and put on the signature event, the annual bike ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail. This October event is the trail’s only fundraiser and 100% of the proceeds goes back into maintaining and improving the trail. Due to the efforts of all of our dedicated volunteers, the Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc. has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the “care and feeding” of the trail.

Volunteers are vital to the Withlacoochee State Trail. This is a fantastic trail because so many people volunteer their time, talents and energies to make it what it is.

A yearly average of $200,000 of in kind labor from 46 volunteers donating 10,000 hours to the Withlacoochee State Trail.

Volunteers work under the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks, State of Florida, contact: Dianne Drye, Park Services Specialist, Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road, Inverness, FL, 34450, 352-726-0315

VOLUNTEER FORM How to Apply (with a print and send to instructions) • Volunteer Handbook

Volunteer Recognition:

The Division of Recreation and Parks is proud of our volunteers and tries to show appreciation whenever possible. Volunteers do not receive monetary compensation for their service, but they are eligible for other benefits including:

  • Free admission to a park after 100 hours of volunteer service has been contributed to that park. This is intended for the volunteer and their immediate family to enjoy the park for recreational use.
  • Issuance of a Special Volunteer Annual Pass after 500 hours of volunteer service has been contributed, allowing free entry to all state parks for a year.
  • Annual volunteer recognition events, certificates of appreciation, awards and more.
  • Refer to the Volunteer Handbook for more detailed information