Citrus - Trail 16

Inverness, Florida (Citrus County)

Last Updated: 05/24/2020
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-3
Length: 6.24 miles
Highest Elevation: 138 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Inverness
Nearest Town w/ Services: Inverness
Official Road Name: Trail 16
Management Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
District: Northcentral


Highlight: Citrus - Trail 16
Citrus Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is one of Florida's state forests, spans almost 50,000 acres, and is located in both Citrus and Hernando Counties. It offers plenty of 4WD and hiking trails. Trail 16 is one of the main 4WD trails in Citrus WMA as it goes east and west through the entire WMA. Because it is one of the main roads it is decently maintained and consists of sand/dirt. It offers a great start to explore the area as it will give drivers previews of what you will experience while off-roading: sugar sand, dirt, mild hill climbs, standing water areas, and will practice good tire placement. There will be parts of Trail 16 that are eroded away from Florida's heavy downpours which creates some memorable areas to engage 4WD and climb over mild ledges and get some off-camber areas.


Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
Trail 16 is one of the main roads in Citrus WMA however there will be areas of soft sand where 2WD vehicles could get stuck. There will be a few spots where rainfall has eroded away part of the trail but any 4WD truck/SUV will have no problem. The trail consists of sand and dirt for the entire ride.

Technical Rating

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.
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Trail 16 is a state-maintained road and it is one of the main roads in Citrus WMA, so it is maintained well. The trail consists of dirt/sand with a few elevation changes. Trail 16 runs east and west through Citrus WMA. There are no obstacles on this trail other than areas that may get washed away due to Florida's heavy rains. However, the trail is suited for stock trucks and SUVs.


1. Trailhead from South Lecanto Hwy (0 mi)
The trailhead is easily identified by the, "Withlacoochee State Forest Citrus Wildlife Management Area" sign.
2. Trail 13 Intersection - Keep Straight/East (2.02 mi)
Trail 16 and Trail 13 intersect here. Trail 13 runs north and south and is one of the other main trails in Citrus WMA.
3. Trail 11 Intersection - Keep Straight/East (3.08 mi)
Intersection for Trail 16 and Trail 11. Continue straight/east to stay on Trail 16.
4. Trail 9 Intersection - Keep Straight/East (4.06 mi)
Intersection for Trail 16 and Trail 9. Continue straight/east to stay on Trail 16.
5. Mutual Mine Campground - Continue Straight/East (6.14 mi)
Mutual Mine Campground is only open during hunting season.
6. Trail End at Pleasant Grove Road (6.24 mi)
Trail 16 off Pleasant Grove Road. Take Pleasant Grove Road north to Inverness if you need to refuel, eat, lodging, etc.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Lecanto, Florida

At the intersection of Highway 44 and FL-491, take FL-491 south for 8.5 miles. You will see a sign for, "Withlacoochee State Forest" on the left side, there will be no signs for Trail 16.


Mutual Mine Campground is a hunting campsite, which means it is only open during hunting season. It is primitive with water, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms (no showers). Alcohol and pets are not permitted, Camping is best suited for truck/SUV, and tents as RVs may not fit. For more info and campsite reservations please visit:
Camping: Citrus - Trail 16

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Writer Information

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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