Covering parts of four counties, the 157,479-acre Withlacoochee State Forest is Florida’s third largest state forest. The Rooks Trail is a 3 mile loop which runs past several ponds and through improved pasture, hardwood swamp and a sandhill forest. This trail is excellent for a casual hike, and is well-marked and well-maintained. You’re likely to encounter Wild Turkeys, Eastern Meadowlarks and Northern Bobwhites, as well as Gopher Tortoises. Spring and fall bring a diversity of migratory songbirds like Blue-headed Vireos and Blue Grosbeaks. Be alert for Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks and Swallow-tailed Kites. Sightings of the elusive Florida Black Bear are occasionally reported as well. Seasonal hunting takes place in this area, please click here for more details.