North Grade

Webster, Florida (Sumter County)

Last Updated: 05/24/2020
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Highlight: North Grade
Richloam Wildlife Management Area spans 58,000 acres, crossing into Hernando, Pasco, Sumter, and Lake counties. Richloam is located in a swamp and is full of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and horseback riding! Swamps offer wildlife plenty of food and water to survive so visitors can expect to see various animals from deer, hogs, gators, birds, and plenty of insects. North Grade Road is one of the four main roads in Richloam WMA. The trail will take you into the forest where you can stay on well-maintained limestone roads or choose many dirt trails that go off-road into Richloam. North Grade Road is regularly maintained allowing cars to access one of three campsites located on this trail. The north side of Richloam WMA is drier than the center or south side. North Grade Road also has a bridge over Little Withlacoochee River where you'll see gators and turtles sunning themselves and lots of fish. While driving around Richloam you'll encounter many wild pigs, deer, and various birds of prey. The tall trees and lush green vegetation will surround you every step of the way. Certainly, a fun area to explore!

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead from FL-471 (0 mi)
While traveling on FL-471 look for a white brick sign for, "Florida Bass Conservation Center & Richloam State Fish Hatchery" which will be on CR-788. Follow CR-788 east towards the Hatchery.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Intersection of FL-50 and FL-471 in Webster, FL

From FL-50 turn south on FL-471 and drive for about 5.5 miles. Turn left onto CR 788 and you'll see a, "Florida Bass Conservation Center" sign, continue straight for 100' to start the trail.

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Jeff Bulat


Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast located in the central Florida area. He enjoys exploring Florida's less traveled roads, visiting historic sites, and getting away from the city. While on trails Jeff is a huge supporter of tread lightly and believes in, "take out what you take in." A love for vehicles has recently brought Jeff to the world of off-roading. He is still new to the game but is enthusiastic about learning new techniques, vehicles, equipment, technology, and bringing all together to contribute to TrailsOffoad.
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