Annutteliga Hammock (West Tract)
Annutteliga Hammock (west tract) - not to be confused with the Annutteliga Hammock Unit of Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County - covers 570 acres along the east side of U.S. 19 in northern Hernando County. It lies just to the east of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area north of Weeki Wachee.

The term "Annutteliga Hammock" refers to a large area along the west coast of Florida in Hernando and Citrus counties with relatively high elevation consisting predominantly of sand hill natural habitat. Years of development have broken the hammock up so that now only isolated sections are protected. Most of these are controlled by the Florida Forest Service as part of the sprawling Withlacoochee State Forest. This western-most tract of Annutteliga Hammock is owned and administered by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Acquisition of various tracts within the Annutteliga Hammock is considered important as an extension of the greenway between the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge along the gulf coast, and the Withlacoochee State Forest farther inland. The greenway provides an extended range to protect the native Florida black bear and other species.

The west tract of Annutteliga Hammock has no recreational improvements other than two parking areas with pass-through gates, and trail signage. It presents a truly natural Florida hiking or equestrian experience. The parking areas are large enough for horse trailers.

The area is predominantly upland sandhill habitat with scrub oak, long leaf pine and palmetto. Trails should be relatively dry and hikable even in the wet season. Due to the terrain, there are sections that are soft sugar sand - fine for horses, but not well-liked by most hikers. There is ample shade along the 8 miles of multi-use trails. Note that there are no restrooms or water available, so pack accordingly.
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