If you’re looking for a long, off-road run with lots of shade, it’s worth the 45-minute drive from Tampa to the Good Neighbor Trail. This relatively new trail is a paved, rails-to-trails multi-use path that runs for 10 miles from Brooksville east to the Withlacoochee State Forest. Much of the tree has a shady canopy.
The western terminus of the trail is located at a former railroad depot off Russell St. in Brooksville. Head east on the trail, crossing the busy SR 98. After 2.5 miles, the trail parallels Richbarn Rd. and is quite shaded. At the 6-mile mark, enter the Withlacoochee State Forest, where you can connect with the some other, slightly more rugged trails for trail running (including a section of the Florida Trail). The eastern end is at Croom Rita Rd. (Rt. 39), where you can connect to the 46-mile paved Withlacoochee State Trail.
- Up to 10 miles (16 km) one-way
- 192 feet (58m) one-way, west to east
- West End: Russell Street Trailhead (Brooksville); East End: Croom Rita Rd.
- Parking lots at both ends