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EVENTS - Dirt • Pavement • Paddle • Hike

Swamp Mountain Bike Club welcomes you to CroomFest 2024

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35/50 Off Road 

Starts from Silver Lake Campgrounds

31475 SILVER LAKE ROAD, BROOKSVILLE FLORIDA 34602

Check in at the registration table prior to the ride to get your wristband, breakfast ticket and bike number. Check back in after the ride for your swag bag, t-shirt, lunch and beverage ticket. You must wear your wristband at all times and your bike number must be displayed on your bike.

 

$80.00 includes: The Epic Challenge 35 or 50 miles, T-shirt, swag bag, bike number, breakfast, lunch, beverage ticket, entertainment, 2 sag stops, hydration station and Celebration Station.

Not included: Camping. Camping registration is separate.


We challenge you to a 35 or 50 mile endurance ride through Croom’s mountain bike trails. This is an endurance challenge, not a race, unless you want to see how fast you can get to the
finish line. Along your route SAG stops will be available for rehydrating and snacks. Upon your return to the campgrounds, enjoy live music, food truck options, have your food tickets handy and beverages while visiting with friends. If you still have energy, visit the Vendor Village, play a game or two, perhaps grab a massage or some relaxation tips or bring a chair and just relax.

35/50 on Pavement

Starts from Silver Lake Campgrounds 

31475 SILVER LAKE ROAD, BROOKSVILLE FLORIDA 34602

Check in at the registration table prior to the ride to get your wristband and breakfast ticket. Check back in after the ride for your swag bag, t-shirt, lunch and beverage ticket.

 

If pavement is your thing, pedal the Good Neighbor paved trail from Silver Lake Campgrounds. Bike Florida will lead a 35- and 50-mile tour along the Good Neighbor Trail and the Withlacoochee Trail. You have the option to tailor your own ride at any time. Full SAG support will be offered with rest stops along the way to refill your water, grab a snack and catch your breath. Rides kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Good Neighbor Trail, near the Silver Lake Campground. Maps are in the orientation section of the event site. The link is included with the registration confirmation.

Come spend the day in nature and beauty! Beverages, food truck options, music and friends await your return.

Water more your thing?

Paddle and Play is waiting for  you!

Starts from Silver Lake Campgrounds 

31475 SILVER LAKE ROAD, BROOKSVILLE FLORIDA 34602

Afternoon Paddle with the Sierra Club  2:00PM-5:00PM

 

6 mile round trip

1) We will be paddling the beautiful Withlacoochee River starting from the Silver Lake boat ramp found at the end of Silver Lake Rd (28.578252N, -82.218058W).  Rentals likely will be available, and costs are TBD.  We will paddle upstream on Silver Lake and the Withlacoochee River past the Cypress Glen and Crooked River campgrounds. The paddle will be about 6 miles round trip, and no more than 3 hours long.  This paddle will be an easy paddle upstream, followed by a downstream return.  There will be an opportunity to get out at Crooked River before turning back.

$45.00 includes: Breakfast, lunch, beverage ticket, t-shirt, swag

CroomFest 2024 Nature Hike

Hosted by the Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society

Saturday Feb 3  9:00am- 12:00pm

Hike Location: To Be Announced       Mileage- 3-4 miles

 

$45.00 - Includes breakfast, lunch, beverage, t-shirt and swag

 

Experience the natural wonders of Croom by participating in a guided hike that will showcase the phenomenal array of habitats and native species protected in this special corner of the Withlacoochee State Forest The hike is guided by experienced naturalists, including a Florida Forest Service biologist who is intimately familiar with Croom.  It is designed to be family friendly and open to children 12 and older.  Those under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.

Please register in advance to attend, and prepare accordingly by wearing appropriate footwear and bringing a water bottle.  Hats, sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended.  If you enjoy watching birds, you should also bring a binocular.  An assortment of migratory bird species should be present during this time of year, and we will be traversing habitat occupied by the rare red-cockaded woodpecker.

We are not seeking to cover distance; rather, we want you to enjoy some leisurely time in the woods with guides who know the area and can help interpret what you see.  Prescribed fire is an extremely important habitat management tool in Croom, and the hike will incorporate areas that help illustrate the benefits of fire on Croom’s longleaf pine “sandhill” habitat and other natural resources.  We will also discuss other aspects of habitat and species management employed at Croom.

Please plan to arrive early so we can begin the hike on time.  We look forward to seeing you on February 3.

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