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Central Florida - RV life - Withlacoochee State Forest




As I sit here, basking in the warm Florida sunshine, I can't help but marvel at the incredible have embarked upon. We made the decision to live full-time in our 2023 Grand Design Momentum 395-MSR, and it has truly transformed our lives. Nestled in the heart of Central Florida, we discovered a hidden gem called the Withlacoochee State Forest, offering an array of thrilling experiences for those seeking adventure. In this blog post, I'm excited to share with you the joys of bypassing the beaches and instead immersing ourselves in the wonders of Florida state parks.





Located in the beautiful countryside of Central Florida, the Withlacoochee State Forest is a sprawling expanse of natural beauty, spanning over 157,000 acres. Here, adventure seekers like us can indulge in a multitude of activities that go beyond the typical beach getaway. The forest boasts an extensive network of trails that cater to both novice and experienced off-road enthusiasts, allowing us to navigate our 4x4 truck or Jeep through the rugged terrain while experiencing the thrill of a true off-road adventure.



One of the biggest highlights of our life on the road is the joy of off-roading. The Withlacoochee State Forest offers a variety of off-road trails that cater to different skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned off-road enthusiast or a novice seeking to test your skills, there's something for everyone here. The forest's diverse terrain, including sandy tracks, muddy patches, and challenging inclines, keeps our adrenaline pumping and our spirits soaring. Now, I know challenging inclines sound a little "not so Florida" but in fact there have great areas with pretty steep inclines. We have taken our Jeep Wrangler through it as well as our ol' girl the 1984 Chevy K10. There's an indescribable thrill in maneuvering our vehicle through the forest, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.


Beyond the exhilaration of off-roading, the Withlacoochee State Forest provides an abundance of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Crystal-clear rivers and springs, such as the Withlacoochee River and Silver Lake, beckon us to dive in and cool off from the Florida heat. Whether we're swimming, kayaking, or simply enjoying a picnic along the riverbank, the serenity and beauty of these natural water bodies are a refreshing alternative to the crowded beaches.


For the hiking enthusiasts, the forest offers an extensive trail system that winds through scenic landscapes, showcasing the diverse flora and fauna of the region. From ancient oak trees draped in Spanish moss to vibrant wildflowers that carpet the forest floor, every step unveils a new and captivating sight. Birdwatchers will also find themselves in paradise, as the forest is home to a wide array of avian species, including the elusive and majestic Florida scrub-jay.


If you want to truly immerse yourselves in the beauty of the Withlacoochee State Forest, we often see many people opting for camping in the designated campgrounds scattered throughout the area. Though this is something we haven't tried, our camper is rather large (45 feet long to be exact) which might seem challenging to get to in the rural areas. Now imagine yourselves surrounded by towering pines and the soothing sounds of nature, able to find solace in disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As the sun sets, you can gather around a crackling campfire, sharing stories and marveling at the star-studded sky. It's a peaceful and unforgettable experience that will bond you with the natural world and strengthens our connection as a couple, a family or an individual.


Living full-time in our RV has been a transformative experience, allowing my spouse and me to uncover hidden gems like the Withlacoochee State Forest. As we embrace the adventurous spirit within us, we have discovered that Florida state parks offer a world of excitement beyond the sandy shores. Keep following us on our updates on the places we find, or enjoy to keep going back to as we finish our stay in Central Florida until December! Yes, we are opposite. If you know you know...



Happy Trails,


Megan

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Hi, I'm Megan Berry

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