nature coast - The Thrill of the Wild
Brackish creeks run through a forest of towering pines and shady
oaks where bald eagles build their nests, nature trails tour you
through a habitat that's over a century preserved, and historical
Florida enchants you with Southern hospitality. Covering nine counties,
this 980,000 acre stretch known as Florida's Nature Coast is a sanctuary
to 19 endangered species. Native American sites, wildlife parks,
antique shoppes, antebellum homes, and pioneer museums dot the coast
from Pasco County to Ochlockonee Bay in Wakulla County. Come experience
the thrills first hand of Florida's Nature Coast.
Blossoming rare flowers, sprouting ferns, and shady old trees,
The Nature Coast highlights the true meaning behind Florida's
"A string of counties studded with emerald-like gulf waters,
deep springs and rivers, stretching along the same Florida coast." This
was how world-famous naturalist John Muir described The Nature
Coast in 1867 and enchantingly the coast still holds this charm
today. Much of the area has remained unchanged from its original
appearance. A natural vacation wonderland for families, The Nature
Coast offers unique and affordable adventures.
What's in the Area?
Recreation with Conservation. Our crystal clear springs are ideal
for snorkeling and scuba diving with their extensive depth, underground
caverns, exotic fish, clarity and cool 72°F temperature.
Ranked among the top ten snorkeling spots by Rodale's Scuba Diving
Magazine, there are many locations to choose from including King
Springs in Citrus County, Manatee Springs in Levy County, and
Rainbow Springs in Dunnellon. As well, local salt flats and deep
sea fishing grounds beckon you to unwind in old southern style.
If your looking to leave your mark, set a new record in Hernando
County where world record Tarpon are caught right off the coastline.
Taylor County and Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County are renowned
for their great scalloping and crabbing locations. And when you
want water sports, visit the Gulf where canoeing, kayaking, and
water skiing are popular pastimes. For an afternoon on the green,
choose from the 50 golf courses located throughout the Coast.
a walk on the wildlife side.
State Wildlife parks and Wilderness boat tours cruise you through the jungle of the Nature Coast. Homosassa Springs offers an aquatic experience when you visit the State Wildlife Park's underwater observatory. Indian manatees and tropical saltwater fish are just a few of the regulars here. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park offers the world-famous Mermaids as well as cruises on the pristine Weeki Wachee River. Wakulla County is home to the Apalachicola National Forest, a winter haven for thousands of migratory birds. The Withlacoochee State Forest is home many rare and endangered species, earning it the designation of “globally important for birding.”
Historic Brooksville in Hernando County brings back the old town
southern spirit of the 1800s with antebellum homes, antique shoppes,
and scenic brick lined streets. The Heritage Museum enhances Brooksville
by preserving the treasures of Hernando County's past. Other museum's
and historical sites that enrich the Nature Coast with southern
charm are the Pioneer Florida Museum in Pasco, Ted Williams Baseball
Museum, Hitters Hall of Fame, and the ruins of the Yulee Sugar
Mill in Citrus County.
Fine dining establishments invite you to sit a spell for the cuisine
of your choice. From fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood served on the
dock, to the homemade style of country cooking there is an assortment
of restaurants available to satisfy your craving.
Pristine campgrounds, country inns, shops, wildlife parks, recreational
activities, galleries, and restaurants. Live the adventure of Florida's
The west Indian manatee, Florida black bear, bald eagle, Florida
sand hill crane, red cockaded woodpecker, least tern, gopher tortoise,
Florida panther and many other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians
are some of the endangered species that call the Nature Coast home.