Federal/State Parks
West Hernando County hosts multiple Federal and State Parks that offer great outdoor opportunities. An early kayak trip down the Weeki Wachee river or cave-diving in the Chassahowitzka, these parks will fulfill the ambition of both beginner and experienced outdoorsmen.

County Parks
Our local parks are small, but pack a lot of amenities. Numerous fishing piers, boat ramps, beaches and much more, allow for a carefree day of family fun. Leave your daily pressures behind and be active in one of our neighborhood parks.

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.
Annutteliga Hammock

Annutteliga Hammock
The Annutteliga Hammock is an important area for groundwater recharge into Florida’s primary drinking water source, the Floridan aquifer system.

County Parks

Rogers County Park
Well-known for its beach area, Rogers Park also provides convenient access through its boat ramp and canoe launch to the Gulf and to the Weeki Wachee river.

Bayport County Park
Newly renovated and expanded Bayport Park sits on the Gulf of Mexico at the end of SR-50 west. Includes picnic tables, pavilions, barbecue grills, fishing pier and two boat ramps.
jenkins creek

Jenkins Creek County Park
Jenkins Creek Park offers a great variety of outdoor opportunities in an area of outstanding natural resources, featuring coastal swamps, waterways and uplands, man-made canals and natural springs.

Alfred McKethan / Pine Island County Park
The park includes beach and swimming area, picnic tables, shelters, barbecue grills, observation point, volleyball court, playground and concession stand.


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.