Withlacoochee River Park (Dade City) And The Long And Winding Road To Get There

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Withlacoochee River Park
Christmas Day

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From Sarah :
This Little Road Trip was the HIGHLIGHT of My Christmas Day
Christmas Day WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME.
I was an emotional/hormonal wreck.
Plus Danny was in a
“Rail Fanning” state of MIND. He’d already received more Christmas Gifts from Me than he should have. AS far as he was concerned :
CHRISTMAS WAS OVER.
For me : THIS WAS CHRISTMAS DAY
THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST.
NO, IT WAS NOT OVER.

Danny had PROMISED ME : NO TRAIN WATCHING ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HE WOULD BREAK THAT PROMISE.

I SHOULD HAVE EXCEPTED IT WITH GRACE.

NO, I WAS IN A BAD MOOD. A VERY BAD MOOD. ALTHOUGH I REALLY TRIED NOT TO BE.
I WAS MISSING FAMILY.

This little excursion wasn’t planned.
It was a good release for me. Would have been better if he had driven the 35 miles an hour he was suppose to and not the 50 miles an hour he did.

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Location

12449 Withlacoochee Blvd.
Dade City, FL 33525
(352) 567-0264

Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.

Park Information

This wilderness park consists of 406 acres, however, the Withlacoochee River runs through the park with an abundance of wildlife to see such as Bald Eagles, Swallow Tail Hawk, Red Tail and Red Shoulder Hawk, Turkey, Great Blue Heron, Red and Gray Fox, Florida Panther, Bob Cat, Alligators, Gopher Tortoise, Black Bear, River Otter, Snakes, Owls, Raccoons and Wild Hogs. If you are looking for some peace and tranquility, this is the place for you. You can hear the sounds of nature all around you. Whether you want to go fishing, camping, biking, kayaking or have a picnic, this park has it all.  Opens a New Window. .

There is an 1840’s replica of Church, soon to be made into a nature center, a Pioneer Cabin with electric and air conditioning (sleeps six and may have one tent on site and a small cozy cabin with electric and air conditioning (sleeps four and may have 1 tent on site).

Climb up the Observation Tower to view the entire property from above and observe the wildlife and natural beauty of this land.  This park has a 3 1/2 mile perimeter nature trail, a 1.7 mile all-purpose paved trail and other trails totaling 13 miles. The paved trail can be used for bicycles, rollerblading or walking. There is also a GPS Orienteering Course that you can track.

Amenities

  • Fishing Access / Pier / Dock / Boardwalk
  • Picnic Area / Shelters / Pavilion
  • Observation Tower
  • Playground / Restrooms
  • Canoe / Kayak Access
  • Trails (Nature and All-Purpose Paved)
  • Camping / RV Area
  • Open Space

Reservations

*No pets allowed at any cabin camping. *Must be 21 years of age or older to make a reservation to camp.

Fishing and Boating

There is a canoe/kayak dock right on the Withlacoochee River where you can launch your canoe or kayak or cast a line from the pier and go fishing. You will appreciate the peaceful setting. We hold our annual Fall Family Fishing Festival here where you can get fishing tips, learn how to cast, meet others that have the same interest and we also provide lunch and door prizes. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Fishing is permitted along the river. You must be 16 years old and above to have a valid Florida fishing license, which can be purchased at most sporting good stores or at any Pasco County Tax Collector’s office.

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