Aripeka Sandhills Preserve

Aripeka Sandhills PreserveAripeka Sandhills was acquired as part of the 7,136-acre Weeki Wachee Preserve managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. This property was purchased on November 8, 2007.
It is part of a regional system of conservation lands that extends up to Crystal River Buffer Preserve, preserving the southernmost coastal hardwood hammock in western Florida.
aripeka sandhills preserveAs part of this large preserve, Aripeka Sandhills preserves 209 acres of important habitat communities such as dense hardwood swamps and pine-covered sandhills.
The preserve is largely undeveloped, without clear trails or directions. During rainy periods, mud and low standing water prevails in much of the preserve. Great area for birdwatching and seasonal flowers as this area has few visitors. It features a small lake, not too far from the entrance on Aripeka Road. The proximity of the US-19 impacts the preserve with the continuous noise of traffic.
Nearby is the small town of Aripeka. Follow Aripeka Road north, for some excellent views of the Hernando coastline and to return to Weeki Wachee.


  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • GeoCaching

Operating Hours

Daily from sunrise to sunset.


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18000 Aripeka Road, Hudson, FL 34667


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