Bushnell is home to the
Withlacoochee State Forest which contains the Florida National
Cemetery, the fourth military cemetery designated by the US
Veteran's Administration for veterans of foreign wars.
Withlacoochee Trail is a 46 mile long paved bike/hike/rollerblade
trail through state forest and small towns with excellent camping
and lodging accommodations along the way. Horseback riding is a
great way to enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat. Leave your
city cares behind and enjoy rugged beauty and a tropical climate.
First settled in 1884,
Bushnell now has a population of about 2,100 and is located on
I-75, 42 miles south of Ocala and 60 miles north of Tampa. It is
the seat of government for Sumter County and was named after John
W. Bushnell, an engineer, who laid out the railroad from Bushnell
to Panasoffkee. Sumter County has access to all of Florida with
its great transportation connections to I-75, HWY 301, and the
Florida Turnpike. The area has an abundance of farming and
fishing. Webster, FL is just 7 miles to the southeast where the
famous Farmers Market explodes into activity every Monday morning.
Lake Panasoffkee is just 8 miles north.
Bushnell is located north of Tampa between Orlando and Inverness
situated off of I-75. Bushnell is also found on the outskirts of
the Withlacoochee State Forest.