West Tower Equestrian Trails

 

West Tower Equestrian Trails

West Tower Equestrian Trails

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

West Tower is located approximately 6 miles from State Road 441 in Lake City.  Four interconnected loops traverse over 50 miles of trails through the scenic Osceola National Forest. These trails originate at West Tower where there is a camping area with horse stalls, drinking water, and a flush toilet.

The Green Trail (pdf)is approximately five miles long and is the shortest trail. It is mostly on main roads and is great for the novice.

The Red Trail (pdf) passes through pine flatwoods and cypress sloughs, and is approximately 20 miles long. This is the driest of the trails and is recommended during the wet season. For a shorter ride, take the cutoff in the middle of the trail and save 10 miles.

The Blue Trail (pdf) traverses an old railroad grade across pine flatwoods and cypress swamps. This 20 mile trail meanders along the western boundary of Big Gum Swamp Wilderness.

The Gold Trail passes through two bay swamps and is approximately 16 miles long. It crosses Robinson Branch which can be deep during wet periods. The trail is not recommended for the novice rider during such times.

All trail loops start and finish at the trailhead where parking and horse stalls are available. A bulletin board with additional information is located at West Tower.

  • A portion of the horse trail is located on maintained forest roads, so watch for vehicles.
  • Be aware that high water levels in some creeks can make for dangerous crossings.
  • Bring insect repellent along.
  • During hunting season (mid-September through mid-January) riders are advised to wear large amounts of blaze orange for personal safety.
  • Trails are marked with color-coded, diamond-shaped aluminum markers (•) on trees and posts along the routes.
  • Double diamonds (••) indicate a turn along the route. They are marked with arrows on the side of the trail indicating the direction of the turn.

At a Glance

Reservations: First-come, first-served
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Free
Permit Info: Organized rides of 25 or more people may require a special use permit.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions:
  • Use certified weed-free hay and feed to prevent noxious weeds from spreading in the forest.
  • For public health and safety reasons, horses are permitted anywhere in the forest except in developed campgrounds and recreation areas.
  • Trail-ride camping is permitted anywhere in the forest, except during general gun season (mid-November through early January) when camping is limited to designated hunt camps.
Closest Towns: Lake City
Water: Potable
Restroom: Flush toilet

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
30.3246741040102

  Longitude : 
-82.5581677873888

 



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