Two Mile Prairie - Withlacoochee State Forest
Two Mile Prairie is a 2,896 acre tract within Withlacoochee State Forest that is owned jointly by the State of Florida and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It is located just southeast of Dunnellon. The area is managed for recreational use by the Florida Forest Service.

There are several access points and trailheads. Bearhead Hammock is the primary trailhead, and the one pointed to by our navigate link. It includes a campground with sites available by reservation, and access to the Bearhead Hammock horse trail. The parking area at Bearhead Hammock is suitable for horse trailers. The Oxbow trailhead is at the northernmost part of Two Mile Prairie between State Road 39 and the Withlacoochee River. Primitive campsites at the Oxbow trailhead do not require a reservation, and are considered paddle-in campsites for kayakers and canoers. One additional trailhead is located on the south side of State Road 39 that provides access to the Johnson Pond Trail.

The Bearhead Hammock horse trail is an 8.3 mile loop with two wet weather bypass routes. In addition to the camping area at the trailhead, there are additional equestrian campsites located along the trail. The Johnson Pond loop hiking trail, with a trailhead along the south side of State Road 39, is approximately 2.6 miles in length. The Oxbow hiking trail is a 3/4 mile loop that winds from State Road 39 to the Withlacoochee River, and provides access to the primitive river campsites. Horses and bicycles are not allowed on the Johnson Pond and Oxbow trails.

Although primitive campsites for kayakers are available at the Oxbow camping area, they are primarily intended for paddlers who are on overnight river trips, or for hikers. The parking area is approximately 1/4 mile from the river, so even though it would be possible to launch your watercraft from this location, the lengthy portage makes it impractical.
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