Half Moon - Things to Do
Great scenery and abundant wildlife reward visitors to this site near the Withlacoochee River. Explore the trails, bicycle along the roads, and enjoy fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.
Good deer hunting, small game, turkey and hog hunting opportunities are available. Approximately 200 acres of wildlife openings exist, and food plots or dove fields are planned for previously-disturbed sites. Appropriate licenses and permits are required. Check the hunt calendar and regulations summary for an area map, specific dates and quota permit requirements.
Fish for largemouth bass, sunfish and catfish in one of the 15 ponds on the area. These ponds were dug to provide water for cattle when the area was privately owned. A viewing deck/fishing dock is located along the main road, 2.5 miles from the entrance gate. Note that the area is closed to vehicles on non-hunting days. Appropriate licenses and permits are required.
The interspersion of vegetation types on Half Moon attracts species that use two or more natural communities, resulting in a rich diversity of wildlife. Migratory warblers are abundant in March and April and also during fall migration. Enjoy wildlife viewing from the viewing deck/fishing dock, or along trails, including a boardwalk trail over Mill Creek. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife or download the Half Moon Bird List .
Hiking and Biking
Choose from a variety of loop trails within the multiple-use trail system to experience Half Moon’s habitat and wildlife diversity. Download the Half Moon Trail Maps or pick up copies at the front gate. For much of its length, the Tram Trail follows the remains of an old logging tram through shady forest and swamp and includes a boardwalk over Mill Creek. Only foot traffic is allowed south of Mill Creek on the portion of property owned by Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Horses are prohibited during most established hunting seasons. Check the regulations summary and hunt calendar for specific dates. Explore the multi-use Half Moon Trail through a variety of habitats. Equestrian amenities include well water (non-potable), mounting blocks and a hitching rail. Be prepared for wet or impassable areas during periods of heavy rainfall.
Opportunities for paddling are available on the Withlacoochee River and Gum Slough. No access is available from the management area. During seasonal hunts, wear brightly colored clothing. Avoid paddling during the first couple of hours of daylight to minimize disturbance to hunters.