We found Jeep Cave! Yes you heard right there is a cave in Citrus called Jeep cave. Citrus Wildlife Management Area is a large track of land that can be found just south of Inverness Florida. Take Interstate 77 to hwy 44 and head west. There are several campgrounds in the forest that are a good place to base your adventure. Most of the trail travel North and South or East and West forming what they call a grid. There different classes of trail from foot hiking trails, horse trails, and off road vehicles. Like Jeeps and trucks, no side by side, or dirt bikes. This is a favorite for Jeep clubs because of the miles of trails that provide multiple situations and challenges. The trails are peppered with water holes to challenge your skills. Some holes are deeper than you might think so travel with another Jeep. Stay on named and numbered trails and DON’T go off the path to play in a sand pit or you might face a ticket. This applies even if you see areas that have plenty of tire prints. If we respect the area we will continue to be able to use it. If we trash it then Citrus will become like most other WMAs that don’t allow vehicles. NO TRASH! Keep it clean.
After a 3 hour tour of the south side we had lunch at "Ants on Candy" a fun area on the West side of trail 14. This area has some pretty deep wash out but that’s about all that’s left of the area. If you need to go around you can, but if you want to do a proper Jeep wave then drive slow and stretch your springs. If it has just rained then the area will provide a very different challenge. You will find sand, water, mud, and caves.
Jeep cave has a clam shell entrance and a small hole that leads you to a crevice that looks like Godzilla's eye looking down at you. It’s a short hike down into an area that look like a Jurassic Park movie set. The cave will be off to the right after a small hill area and it stands out pretty good. In the area there are some other small holes that don’t appear to go anywhere. Be sure to point you camera up to take a photo of Godzilla’s eye. There are also caves to be found in the south area too. Park you Jeep, grab a bottle of water and take a hike. Be prepared to get a bit dirty on some of the spots that you can crawl through and a flashlight is helpful. The caves are all small and most have holes that let light in. Some are a tight squeeze and might be too claustrophobic for you.
Matt N Randy
Jeep Enthusiast, Pastor, Photographer, Artist, A husband and wife team that loves going out and seeing God's Creations.