Hiking in the Green Swamp
The Green Swamp East Tract provides more than 33 miles of trails and 71 miles of unpaved service roads that traverse pine flatwoods, cypress domes, hardwood swamps and the shorelines of the Withlacoochee River. Note that portions of the trails are inaccessible due to water in all but the driest years. Wildlife that may be seen in the area include alligators, white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, armadillos, gray squirrels, feral hogs and a variety of birds.
We recommend mountain bike or gravel tires if you plan to ride thorough any portion of the Green Swamp.
East Tract at Green Swamp
* Approximately 60 miles of multiuse trails.
* Bicyclists are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
* Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
* Camping not permitted during hunts.
* A free reservation is required and must be displayed or available at campground.
* Backcountry sites include Trial Ford, Tillman Lake and Mott Hammock; sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
* Fishing and frogging allowed throughout year.
* Vehicle access from Rock Ridge Road for fishing is only permitted on weekends in May and June.
* Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for license requirements.
* Approximately 60 miles of multiuse trials.
* Approximately 31 miles of Florida National Scenic Trail run through Green Swamp East and West tracts. This trail continues through Green Swamp West Tract and up to the Richloam Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.
* Approximately 15-mile overnight loop and 8-mile day loop.
* Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.
* Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits.
* FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.