Fort Island Gulf Beach:

Citrus County's saltwater gulf beach. This is a thousand foot beach with picnic facilities and concessions. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Boat ramp and dock accessibility. Open daylight to 9:30 PM. Turn west on Ft. Island Trail and follow to the end, approximately 9 miles. This is a free facility.

 
Hernando Beach:

Swimming, water skiing, fishing, picnicking or just playing in the sunshine, this cozy 3-acre park and beach is ideal for the family outing. Easy to reach just off U.S.41 with paved parking close by so you won't have far to tote your gear. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 
Ft. Cooper State Park:
Site of the second Seminole Indian War. This 710-acre Park is perfect for nature lovers and bird watchers. Lake Holathlikaha (160 acre lake) is the heart of this park. Nearly 5 miles of self-guided trails give visitors a glimpse of the area's wildlife. The Park has a picnic area, swimming, boat rentals, camping and fishing. Fee per vehicle. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. South of Inverness, take Hwy. 41 make left on Eden Drive and go to Old Flora City Road, turn right into park entrance. 352-726-0315
 
Nature Coast Canoe & Kayak Trail:
The Nature Coast Canoe and Kayak Trail is 17 miles long and begins on the Salt River off Crystal River (near the Marine Science Station on Hwy. 44 - west of Hwy.19). The trail follows markers on the Salt River south, to the Homosassa River. At this point the trail goes east on the Homosassa River, a few hundred feet to a location called Battle Creek. The Southern leg of this trail is called the Michael Byer Memorial Trail and picks up the markers at the Homosassa and Battle Creek. The trail then goes southward through Seven Cabbage Cut to the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River.
 
Ecowalk: The Crystal River State Buffer Preserve
Your Ecowalk will take you over a two-mile loop trail through the preserve. Along the way are 11 "discovery zones" that will help you experience nature such as the Oak Grove, the Sabal Palm Oasis, and the Turtle Pond, and the Saw grass Marsh. For more information call 352-563-1136
 
Crystal River State Archaeological Site:
Considered one of the longest continuously occupied sited in Florida. For 1600 years, these sites were an imposing pre-historic ceremonial center, containing Pre-Columbian Archaeological sites. Native Americans traveled many miles to bury their dead with ceremony and to trade. Museum opens 9a.m. to 5p.m. Grounds open 8 a.m. to sunset. $2.00 per vehicle. 2 miles west off U.S.19, north of Crystal River. 352-795-3817
 
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historical Site:
More than 100 years ago this six acre site was a thriving sugar plantation built by David Levy Yulee. Slaves operated the sugar mill until 1864 when the mansion was burned to the ground. Picnic areas. Free. Located 2 1/2 miles west of U.S.19 on Hwy. 490 in Homosassa. 352-795-3817.
 
Fort Island Trail Park:
Beautiful riverfront Park with fishing pier, picnic facilities, swimming, boat ramp and more. Open daily, daylight to dusk. Turn west from Hwy.19 onto Ft. Island Trail and go 5 miles to entrance on right. 352-795-2202
 

 

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