Richloam - Dark Stretch Road

Dade City, Florida (Hernando County)

Last Updated: 09/03/2020
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Highlight: Richloam - Dark Stretch Road
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 for wildlife so visitors can expect to see various animals from deer, hogs, gators, birds, and plenty of insects. Dark Stretch Road is located in the western Richloam Wildlife Management Area. The trail has a spooky theme due to the very dense forest trying to reclaim the trail. The vegetation creates a tunnel and will block out most of the sunlight at times! Dark Stretch Road is also part of Lower Lake Swamp and has many randomly placed water crossings and mud to splash through. The unique eerie atmosphere is also attributed by banana and crab spiders making webs on the trail, then crawling on your windshield after driving through them!


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1. Dark Stretch Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Look for a small white sign on a cement pillar identifying Dark Stretch Road. The trailhead is also identified by driving over multiple pipes, the kind that prevent cattle from walking across.

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Starting Point: Webster

At the intersection of FL-50 and FL-471, take FL-50 west for about 6.2 miles. On the left/south side, there will be a large brown sign for Withlacoochee State Forest Richloam Trailhead and a roadsign for Richloam Claysink Road. Turn left/south Richoam Claysink Road and follow it until reaching Richloam General Store. To the west of Richloam General Store is a dirt road name Goat Road. Turn right/west onto Goat Road and follow for about 1.4 miles until reaching a dirt trail on the right/north side of the road. There will be a small white sign on a cement pillar identifying Dark Stretch Road. The trail starts here.


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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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