West Tower Trails Horseback Riding

The 6th most popular equestrian trail in Florida.

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West of Jacksonville near Lake City, the 200,000 acre Osceola National Forest has a miles of horse trails. Horseback riding on the Osceola provides you with the opportunity to journey quietly through open pine flatwoods and wet, scenic bays. Four interconnected loop trails traverse over 50 miles of trails through the scenic Osceola National Forest. These trails originate at West Tower where there is an area for camping, horse stalls, drinking water and a flush toilet.

The green trail is approximately five miles long and is the shortest trail. It is mostly on grated roads and is great for the novice.

The red trail is approximately 20 miles long and is the driest of the trails. For a shorter ride, take the cutoff in the middle of the trail and save 10 miles.

The blue trail traverses an old railroad grade across pine flatwoods and cypress swamps. This 20-mile trail meanders along the western boundary of the Big Gum Swamp Wilderness.

The gold trail is approximately 16 miles long. It crosses Robinson Branch, which can be deep during wet periods. The trail is not recommended for novice riders during such times.

To reach the trailhead from the intersection of US 90 and US 441 in Lake City, go north on US 441 for 6.5 miles. Turn right on Christie Rd. (FR 237) and travel 1.9 miles. Take a right on Greenfield Tower Rd. (FR 234) and go about 3.5 miles. Park at the tower.

Overall, West Tower Trails is the 6th most popular horse trail of all 34 horseback rides in Florida. Several of the better horse trails are nearby West Tower Trails including Evans Loop Trail, Red Root Trail and Holloway Loop.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  ONF (386) 752-2577; Florida Visitor Information (850) 488-5607.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Florida" from Timothy Okeefe

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Ocean Pond CG

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/florida/

Article Source:   Best West Tower Trails Horseback Riding Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HORSE&id=15034

GPS:  30.3173, -119.1042

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/30/2016

ID:  15034

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