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 Tillis Hill Rec. Area/Withlacoochee State Forest  
Inverness & Brooksville, FL  (Weather)

Number of Trails:  10  Total Mileage:  150 Difficulty:  Easy Trail Rating:   Camp Rating:   

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Trail Description: The actual trails which are marked for horses are wide and sandy. In summer, be sure to wear plenty of fly spray, because the flies really like the sandy areas. Head out into the foot trails and you enter a whole different world. Narrow, winding, and not many flies at all!! Of course, horses are not allowed, but, "Horses can't read". The foot trail that leads south from Tillis Hill will take you past ancient oaks, old growth loblolly & longleaf pines, sand pines, and past a rather large ravine on the south side of County Road 480, which the trail crosses. You will end up going around an old, very historic cemetary and pond, both named Stage Pond. You can also park your trailer on the side of the road at Stage Pond cemetery and ride the road into a tunnel of old oaks and around the perimeter of the pond. Awesome ride!! Highly recommended for those who want to see the "Real Florida" and all it's critters.       
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Campground : Nice open campsites. Horse corral and stalls available. (Total of 32 sites)
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, FL  
Directions: From Inverness: Head south on CR 581 (Pleasant Grove Rd.); turn Right (west) on CR 480 (Stage Coach Trail) and go approx 5 miles. Stage Pond Cemetery is on the left and Tillis Hill Recreation Area is on the Right just a mile or so further up the road. Turn Right onto the dirt road and continue on about 3 miles up the hill in to the campground.  

This information was provided by: on 9/9/2005 2:51:28 PM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)