Awesome Little Ride
This is a cool little ride to do if you are in central Florida. We were staying at the KOA in Lake Panasoffkee but I am starting the ride at the Mobile Gas Station at exit 321 off the I-75. This is a good starting point as it’s right off the interstate and there is gas, coffee, bathrooms, and a Subway. Depending on what time you get here, you are covered.
Cow Pastures Everywhere
You will start out by making a left out of the gas station and heading west on N County RD 470. This will take you through the small town of Lake Panasoffkee. Once you pass the town, your scenery will be cow pastures and wooded areas. Mostly trees covered in Spanish moss.
After approximately 10 miles, you will come to FL-44. Make a left. The road will wind around a little and there will be water on your right side. I believe this is Henderson Lake.
Ride Through Inverness
You will travel down FL-44 for approx another 10 miles before coming to US-41/West Main St. You will make a right on US-441. The traffic picks up a little here as you go through the town of Inverness. Follow signs for FL-44 W/Hwy 44 W. It is a 1-mile interchange. FL-41 goes off to the extreme right but you will only make a slight right and continue straight.
Travel another approximately another 11 miles and once you start to pass the Citrus Wildlife Management Area, start looking for W. Crystal Oaks Dr. Make a left on West Crystal Oaks Dr. West Crystal Oaks Dr will turn into W Venable St after about 2 miles. Continue straight on W Venable St for about another 3 miles.
Stretch At The Beach
Make A Right onto US-19 N/ US-98 N/ Suncoast Blvd. In about a mile and a half make a left on State Hwy-44/ Fort Island Trail. You will wind around for about 10 miles and the beach parking lot will be on the left side. This is a good spot to get off the bike, take some pictures, use the restroom and stretch.
Time To Move On
When leaving, make a right out of the parking lot and head back up State Hwy-44/ Fort Island Trail. About 7.5 miles up the road, you will make a right on N Greenleaf Forest Rd. Then make another right on W Fanwood Ln. W Fanwood Ln turns to the left and becomes N Winterset Ave. After about a mile make a left on Winterset Ave. Take to the end and you will be at Ozello Trail.
Make a right on Ozello Trail/ 494. After about 8 miles of twisty road, you will actually reach the end of the road. There is a dirt area to park on so bring something for under the bike stand. This is another good place for pictures and a stretch.
Time For Some Grub
When you are ready to leave, head back down Ozello Trail. If you have not eaten anything on the way back out you will pass a place called Backwater Finns. We stopped there for lunch. They had decent food there. If you are not hungry and are ready to head back, continue down Ozello trail until you hit US-19 N/ US-98 N. Make a left. Continue about ¾ of a mile and make a right on West Venable St. After a little over 2.5 miles the road will change names to W. Crystal Oaks Dr. 2 miles later you are back at FL-44.
Make a right on FL-44 E./ HWY-44 W. After about 12 miles, make a left to stay on FL-44 E. Another 10 miles of winding around the water and then the wooded area will bring you back to N. County RD/ 470. 10 miles back through cow pastures and the town of Lake Panasoffkee and you’re back at Mobile.
All total from start to finish this ride is about 110 miles. You will see a mix of cow/horse pastures, water, heavily wooded area, winding curves, and unfortunately a little traffic in the Inverness area. We did this ride back in 2017. When/if I am ever back in the area, I will definitely do it again.
Have you ever done this ride? If so, did you enjoy it as much as we did? Any questions about this ride? Leave them in the comments below.
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