The Croom River trail is a 6.8-mile linear hiking trail that is located just east of the Withlacoochee River in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The hiking trail was built and is maintained by members of the Florida Trail Association. There are 3 recreation areas along the hiking trail. At the north end in the Hog Island Recreation area there is a canoe ramp, camping area, restrooms and hot water. About two-thirds of the distance south along the trail is the Iron Bridge day use area. This area is a popular spot for fishermen, wading children, canoeists and bird of prey, but there are no facilities. The hiking trail passes under I-75 and continues on to the south until you come to the end at the River Junction Recreation Area. River Junction has a boat launch area, picnic area on the bluff over looking the river, camping area with restrooms and hot water.
This is a beautiful, shaded hike.
To reach Hog Island Recreation area go southwest on CR 48 to Bushnell and get on CR 476 heading west. Just east of Nobelton, on the left, will be a small road with the number 635. Head south on this road until you come to the dirt road leading into Hog Island.
There is another entrance into the area using forest roads. To approach this way: Take I-75 to Exit 62, the Webster exit and head west. There will be a large sign on the south side (left) designating the forest area. Follow this dirt road to the junction with the directional sign.
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