A new mural on the Withlacoochee State Trail was unveiled in a public ceremony on Friday, February 9. The mural was designed, implemented, and funded by volunteers of Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee (RTW) Inc., a Citizen Support Organization (Friends Group) of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks for the Trail. RTW helps to develop, maintain, and promote the Withlacoochee State Trail. Members volunteer their time and labor on projects such as trail maintenance, fundraising, public education about trail-related issues, and building trail amenities.
The 8’ by 16’ mural will enhance the Inverness trailhead located at 315 N. Apopka Avenue in Inverness. The mural is a photographic deco-style “postcard” of nature that can be found along the Trail, using photos taken by RTW members.
Since the mural is essentially a giant postcard, RTW had actual postcards printed up, and they will be available their website, and in stores along the trail, so that visitors can send home “Wish you were here” messages. The mural has already become a popular “photo-op” stop by users of the trail.
The mural unveiling comes right before RTW’s Annual Ride on March 4, which had to be rescheduled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Registration for the bicycle ride is still open for those who had not previously registered.
The Withlacoochee State Trail is a 12-foot wide, paved 46-mile multi-use rail trail, which opened for use in 1992. The trail is currently one of the longest rail trails in the state of Florida, and has become an international destination for cyclists, runners, equestrians and fitness enthusiasts, drawing around 400,000 visitors every year. It spans three Florida counties: Citrus, Hernando and Pasco.