Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities abound, on and around the Weeki Wachee River. Whether you just want to take a dip in the cool water of the river or create a fun-filled day, with an easy float down the Weeki Wachee River in the morning, followed by a solid meal at the Bayport Inn and to finish it off with a lazy afternoon at the beach. Or an early hike in the preserve and a round of golf at one of Hernando county’s many outstanding golf courses.


From easy going (or fast) paved trails through rural communities and past farms and rolling hills to unpaved trails exploring our forests and coastal landscapes.

Bird Watching
Here on Florida’s Nature Coast, spring migration begins in March and lasts through May; fall migration from August through October.

Whether motorboat, sailboat, personal water craft or kayak, West Hernando’s waterways offer a multitude of reasons to head out and enjoy the coastal and inland waters.

Snorkeling & Diving
The rivers and springs of the Nature Coast have much to offer to snorkelers and divers. Crystal clear 72°F (22°C) water, variety of fish and other aquatic animals, make snorkeling a great experience.

Whether your preference is salt or fresh water fishing, Florida’s Nature Coast has some of the best fishing.

17 Golf courses, each with unique features and some designed by America’s top golf course architects.

Hernando County offers some truly great hunting in areas such as Chassahowitzka and the Croom district of the Withlacoochee Forest.

Florida’s Nature Coast offers great opportunities for kayak-and canoeing trips.

Scenic Drives
From rolling hills and horse farms, antebellum homes and grand oaks to Chinsegut Hill, wooded lakes, and nature trails in sandhill country.

Wildlife Viewing

A wide variety of animals can capture our attention. Besides the obvious birds, butterflies and fish, there are mammals like armadillo’s, bats, bobcat, deer, dolphins, Florida black bear, manatee, Florida panther, hogs, opossum, rabbits, raccoon, foxes, otter, skunks and squirrels. Don’t forget reptiles and amphibians (alligator, turtles & tortoises, frogs and snakes) and invertebrates (scallops, crab, insects, snail).
A close up view of an animal is a wonderful experience, but never get so close to disturb their feeding, nesting or resting activities. Such disruptions may add up and have a negative influence on their existence.
Keep your distance by using binoculars and telephoto lenses. Add to that a field guide for wildlife identification and a flashlight for viewing animals at night and you’re ready for your next trip.

Federal & State Parks

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
This wildlife refuge has over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish bays at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River.

Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps
The river, its tributaries and springs are well-known for its crabbing and sportfishing opportunities.

Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area
Here you can hunt deer and small game or hike along trails through rare sandhill and scrub communities.

Weeki Wachee Preserve
The preserve offers a broad selection of habitats with pine-covered sandhills, hardwood swamps, freshwater and saltwater marshes.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Everyday, more than a 100 million gallons of water flow from the spring into the Weeki Wachee River and is emptied out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Aripeka Sandhills Preserve
Aripeka Sandhills preserves 209 acres of important habitat communities such as dense hardwood swamps and pine-covered sandhills.


Did You Know?


The Seminole Indians were known to have been in the area during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). They gave the region the name Chassahowitzka, meaning “pumpkin hanging place.” The pumpkin referred to was a small climbing variety that is now rare and perhaps even extinct.

Enjoy the hidden gems Weeki Wachee has to offer.