Croom is an off-road rider’s paradise of a diverse 2,600 acres of riding terrain that is as varied as the individuals who come to ride their ATVS, motocross bikes, enduros, adventure motorcycles and vintage scramblers. The area has hardwood hammocks, tight scrubs, natural ravines, and pits that were left from discontinued mining operations and sand…and did I say sand?
Lynn Conway in a 1992 Trail Rider Magazine Article wrote (Source: http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/Mx/Areas/Croom.html):
…there are the four square miles of back country, perhaps the most interesting part of Croom for many trail riders. This rolling, forested area is criss-crossed by countless trails and a number of forest roads. Many trails carry you to old, abandoned phosphate quarries, now overgrown with trees, and carved by years of dirt riding into complex labyrinths full of 3-dimensional terrain. You’ll probably find markers from enduro competitions out on these trails, and in the quarries you may find markers for trials sections going up, around and down through some wild terrain…
The article by Lynn details interesting history about the area, related riding and other topics of interest and is still current in many respects. It is such a diverse and varied riding experience with moderate to challenging terrain that draws all sorts of individuals and riding styles.
What is fantastic about the location is you can ride there all day, camp or wash the dirt off and go check out Ocala for some southern dirt track riding or hit Tampa or Orlando for a night out on town.
Florida Trail Riders (http://www.floridatrailriders.org/index.php) promotes several events at Brooksville including the Hare Scrambles and the Orange Enduro Challenge. These events have age-specific categories and a vintage class.
Details about the Croom Motorcycle Area at Withlacoochee State Forest can be found at the State of Florida’s Forest Service Site:http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Withlacoochee-State-Forest/Croom-Motorcycle-Area-at-Withlacoochee-State-Forest
ATV riders do abound at times and sometimes it is useful to call and find out what events are scheduled if planning a weekend atCroom.
Croom is a great place for those looking to introduce a young rider to the off-road experience or the snow bird looking for a winter riding opportunity. For the hard-core rider, there are plenty of challenging trails that offer up all of the elements: sand, rock, and forest. The bottom line is Croom might be best if the aim is simply to gather with like-minded off road or scrambling enthusiasts to take in some riding. We hope you use the information provided here to scheme to get your scrambler to Croom!
Image 1: ai.eecs.umich.edu
Image 2: panoramio.com
Image 3: freshfromflorida.com