North Grade

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2.3/5 (4 reviews)
Webster, Florida (Sumter County)
Last Updated: 05/24/2020
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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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2.3/5 (4)
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Visited: 01/31/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Pretty simple trails in the main area. Might as well just be dirt roads. But there are some north that were fun and got more interesting but still easy and only 2wd needed. The little off trails were pretty deep and muddy, didn't really do them as we had a beginner in our group. The amount of trash on the trail is disgusting and embarrassing as a human.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

North Grade is a pretty boring dirt road that gets local car traffic, in and of itself it is a 1/5, but the trails that go south from North Grade down towards Center grade are 5/5 for sure. Lots and lots of scenic drives and mud holes, all of which have bypasses allowing any stock Jeep/SUV as well as jacked up vehicles with big tires to have fun -- respect the signs for closures, but there is lots to explore! All photos are from side trails, not North Grade itself.
Trail Review: North Grade - Kris Engeman
Trail Review: North Grade - Kris Engeman
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Rated 1/5
Visited: 05/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Easy trail you can drive in a car. No road signs.
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Rated 1/5
Visited: 07/27/2019

North Grade Road is your typical gravel/limestone road found throughout Florida. The road is highly maintained so cars can access it as well, which means a bland trail for anyone looking to off-road. However there are many small trails off North Grade that can be interesting if you enjoy water and mud or looking to camp at any of the three sites.

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