Nature Coast Back Country Horsemen

Your volunteer hours are important

NCBCH Current events

In light of Clovid-19 there will be no NCBCH meetings until further notice.

Stay safe and soon we will resume our meetings!

Becky Card Swerdloff, President,

Nature Coast Back Country Horsemen

Our Annual Membership Drive

NCBCH welcomes and depends on your involvement and support. Join us now to preserve our right to ride on public lands in Florida and across the nation.

Hunting in Croom Tract 2020

General Gun from

Saturday, Nov 7 through Sunday, Nov 29

President's Message

A big thank you to Ms. Carrie Perez and her Cottage Community Home School Group forest clean up project!

Wear bright colors!

Hunting dates Croom 2020-21

October 24-26 Muzzle Loading Gun

Hunt Camp Closed to Horse Trailer Parking

November 7-29 General Gun

Hunt Camp Closed to Horse trailer parking

November 30 - March 7 Small Game Season Small game (quail, rabbit, squirrel and migratory birds) may be hunted with dogs.

NCBCH October 2020

It has been a tough year so far on all of us. Forestry has suffered financially as well as the rest of us and we have lost valued members of forestry due to budget cuts.

In spite of not being able to have monthly meetings which we all miss, thankfully we have still been able to work with Forestry in keeping trails, parking and camping open for the most part. We had a few issues with Covid and closures that we were able to work through to reopen. Mike Singer from Hernando County also worked with us to keep Townsen Park open and trails cleared. So we have been able to use our forest and parks to escape from home!

Our wonderful board and trail volunteers have worked to keep all trails clear of debris also. We are still working on a new trail from Tucker Hill.

Nature Coast Back Country Horsemen has a few openings for trail maintenance please contact Shelly at to volunteer.

Dues for 2021 are due to our National Chapter, BCHA by Dec 31, so we are beginning to collecting now.

$25 for individual membership, $30 for family (2 votes during elections for family membership.

Click on the Membership button below

to print an application.

The Back Country Horsemen of America has added to its value to members by offering excess equestrian liability insurance through Equisure. The liability policy is available to current BCHA individual and family members in good standing and covers excess personal liability up to $1 million dollars! The cost for the policy through BCHA is $20 for individual BCHA members and $40 for family BCHA members for a one year policy that runs from January 1 through December 31 of the year purchased. To qualify for this your membership needs to be in to NCBCH by November 30, 2020.

Hope everyone is able to get out on the trails and enjoy. Check my facebook page for upcoming club rides, campouts and fun events. We are going to try for a November meeting if possible. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Becky Card Swerdloff, NCBCH President

You can contact me at 352 279 2505 for questions

NCBCH's Most Recent Improvement Project for Equestrians

Volunteer of the Year 2020 - Gary Macintosh

We would like to congratulate Gary Macintosh, our 2020 Volunteer of the Year, and thank him for all he has done for our Forest! Gary has almost single handedly taken care of the East Croom equestrian trails for years. He takes time from his busy schedule at his bed and breakfast, Our Father’s Haven Bed and Breakfast to address, remedy and maintain any issues with the equestrian trails in East Croom. He is one of our long-time members and has been a board member on both NCBCH’s and BCHFL’s boards.

Please Support Our Sponsors

NCBCH thanks the following sponsors who made our 2019 Shindig a huge success

Ranch Hand Feed Depot, Giddy-Up Saddle Shop, Wagon Wheel, Fletcher's Tack Shop, Irish Trails Farm and Pet Supply

Remington Outpost, Capricci Healing Waters, Massage by Claire Larrson, White Daisy, Damsel in Defense - Phyllis Nolte, Photography by Ann Hopta

Tractor Supply Co. Brooksville, Pickett's Brooksville Ace Hardware, Toole's Groveland Ace Hardware, Rural King

Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant, River Ratz, Luigi's Pizza of Brooksville, Mykonos II, Beef O'Brady's, Mallie Kyla’s, Country Kitchen, Glory Days Grill, Publix

Florida Forest Service

Please patronize these generous donors that support our local community

Back Country Horsemen of America

How to obtain parking passes for local Trailheads

Friends of Florida State Forests Annual Day Pass

Good for all Florida state forests that have fees at the trailheads. The day use fee at Croom's Tucker Hill trailhead is $2 per person. The annual pass is $45 which is good for any day of the year for up to 6 people. To order the annual pass on-line go to:

Friends of Florida State Forests Annual Day Pass

Purchase it locally at: Florida Forest Service

Withlacoochee State Forest Recreation/Visitors Center

15003 Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34601-4201

(352) 797-4140

Lake Townsen Preserve, Nobleton Parking Fee

The daily parking fee is $3.00 per vehicle. An annual parking pass is $45.00 per vehicle.

To get Annual Parking Pass Application go to:

Lake Townsen Annual Parking Pass

Read both pages, particularly the highlighted area, print, fill it out, make a check payable to Hernando Cnty Recreation Department, & mail to 205 E. Fort Dade St., Brooksville, FL 34601, or go to their office at same address to purchase one. Call 352-754-4027 for further info.