Green Swamp West Tract
The Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve covers 110,000 acres of east Pasco and west Sumpter County. The Green Swamp West Tract is a 37,350 acre portion of the Preserve located entirely in Pasco County. The Withlacoochee River, whose headwaters originate in the Green Swamp, flows for 36 miles through the Preserve on its 110 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Three other rivers originate from this area ... the Oklawaha River, the Hillsborough River, and the Peace River. The Green Swamp West Tract is also a wildlife management area that permits limited hunting.

It might come as a surprise that most of the area covered by the "Green Swamp" is not really swamp land. Although portions are subject to seasonal flooding, a large part of the preserve is upland hardwoods, pine flatwoods, and open prairie land. Cypress and floodplain swamps do, of course, play a large role here - but don't let the name deter you from coming to explore this vast mosaic of natural communities.

The Green Swamp West Tract is probable most popular with three groups of people ... hikers, kayakers, and hunters. Hikers will appreciate the many miles of marked trails, including the 20 mile long Green Swamp Trail - 13 miles of which are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Kayakers can launch near the entrance off River Road and paddle the Withlacoochee either direction. And hunters have a seasonal schedule of hunts for white-tailed deer, wild turkey and wild hogs.

The main entrance to the Tract is from River Road east of Dade City. A pass-through is provided at the parking area for pedestrians, horseback riders and bicyclists. Campers and hunters with vehicles must register and obtain a gate code to enter. Four backcountry campsites are available - all located along the Florida National Scenic Trail. Equestrian camping is also available.

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