Croom mountain bike trails are some of the best in the state, taking full advantage of the topography and scenic beauty of the Withlacoochee State Forest. This Yellow Loop runs just shy of 12 miles, according to my Garmin, and is said to be the most popular.
The elevation generally rolls very nicely, with minimal technical sections, so it’s mostly flow and go. Unless you stop to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest along the way — and there are ample opportunities, I assure you. Whatever your style, this is some sweet single track that all but beginners can enjoy.
Several months ago I rode the much longer (24 miles) Blue Loop, which is not only more challenging for its length, but also for a section in the middle that can be fairly challenging. Both trails, however, offer shortcuts and bail-out points for those who aren’t feeling up to the challenge or have mechanical issues with their bikes. On the other hand, these two main loops also have connector trails, so you can ride 40+ miles if you feel up to it.
If you want switch up your ride, the Withlacoochee State Trail runs right through this forest, too. At 46 miles long, it’s one of the longest paved rail-trails in Florida. Hiking and paddling are very popular out here, along with horseback riding and even off-road motorcycles and ATVs. It would be easy to spend several days out here, perhaps camping at Silver Lake Recreation Area. Just a thought…
Check out the video below, my ride map, the links and information provided. For me, Croom has been well worth the drive from Orlando. If you’ve got the opportunity, I recommend you visit. Looking for other great places to bike, hike, paddle or otherwise enjoy Florida’s Natural Wonders? See Where-to-Go and our Bucket List. Now get out there and have some fun!
Tucker Hill Day Use Area, 26416 Croom Road, Brooksville, FL 34601
Thanks to SwampClub.org for making and keeping these trails exceptional!