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.
TIME TO TAKE YOUR JEEP OUT!
A beginner’s trail ride.
You’re driving down the trail following your drone, and then it happens…
You start to talk to the camera about what you see and realize the GoPro is not there. Stop, land the drone, go back. Randy I left the GoPro back there on a pole to record the clouds. So we head back knowing no one has passed us on the trail and find the thing sitting just where I left it. Ok, we are good, now let’s get on with the ride.
A few Questions:
Did you just buy your jeep?
Are you visiting the Central Florida area in a Jeep?
Could you be a Jeep owner who has never been off road?
Are you looking for a Jeep ride that won’t leave you stranded?
Then check out Tosohatchee WMA. This Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has an abundance of birds, gators, flowers, trails, creeks, fishing holes, and panoramic views. Bring your camera, because you are going to be treated to repeated opportunities to capture real Florida in its natural setting. A day pass is less than 10 bucks and you can easily spend a half day here just riding around. This is an easy ride, so if you are looking for a trip with more opportunities to challenge your skills try Citrus. At Tosohatchee you will be able to navigate the roads in two wheel drive. Getting stuck would take some work, unless you drive off the road, or where you are not supposed to. Stay on the roads while visiting because it is a sensitive environment. WMAs do have fees and you can check the link below to find out how to get an annual day use pass.
During hunting season you need to be aware the hunters may have been sitting in an area for some time. Don’t go wandering off trail on foot too far you could get turned around. Always clean up after yourself and stay on the roads. Remember this is a maintained area with gravel a roadway that can be traversed by most vehicles. Always avoid puddles when you can so you don’t displace the dirt. If you can stop in the Ranger station, they will help you out and you can and ask some questions. There are also some Geocaching spots to provide a cool treasure hunt aspect to your adventure. Pack a lunch and enjoy natural Florida. Till the next ride, get out and enjoy your Jeep, you will be glad you did.
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Matt N Randy
Jeep Enthusiast, Pastor, Photographer, Artist, A husband and wife team that loves going out and seeing God's Creations.