Citrus County is located in Central West Florida North of Tampa Bay bordering Levy, Marion, Sumter and Hernando Counties. Citrus County is home to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park most known for its Manatees viewing.
Citrus County was established in 1887 from Hernando County and named in honor of the citrus fruit. The area was first inhabited by Native Americans who built the Crystal River Indian Mounds.
The Citrus County School District serves the cities Crystal River and Inverness and the communities of Beverly Hills, Citrus Springs, Floral City, Hernando, Holder, Homosassa and Lecanto. Eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, a charter school and two alternative schools are located within Citrus County. Over 15,000 students are served by the school district each day during the school year.
This National Historic Landmark is 61 acres of pre-Columbian, Native American lands with burial mounds, temple platform mounds, a plaza area, and a midden. For over 1,600 years, the site served as a ceremonial center for Native Americans and people traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead. It's estimated that 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the area every year. Aside from the history, this park is also great for bird watchers and fisherman.
Some of the activities that can be done at Crystal River Preserve State Park include bicycling, fishing, hiking, walking, and running. There are also boat tours available to take visitors through the rarity that is the spring-fed body of water that is the Crystal River to see how it supports the sea and wildlife with it being both fresh and salt water. Boat tours are about one and half hours long for those who are interested. There is a seven-mile loop trail that is away from the simpler trails of the state park that's perfect for those who love to go off the beaten path.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has many things to offer including walking information tours to get up close and personal with the surrounding wildlife in an underwater observatory. The park also provides a variety of animals including: manatees, alligators, black bears, red wolf, key deer, flamingos, whooping cranes, and a hippopotamus named Lu. At the park you can enjoy boat tours, swimming, hiking, picnics, bird watching, and more. These beautiful crystal waters provide a clear insight into what lies beneath the water while making it interesting for all ages.
Open 365 days a year, Felburn Park sits on 140-acres of property owned by the Felburn Foundation. Located on the south side of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, Felburn Park has several picnic pavilions, paved running trails, and a small playgrounds for the kiddos. If you find yourself heading west from the park along Withlacoochee Bay you will be running into multiple use platforms. These platforms are great for picnicking, taking a break from your run, or a day of fishing. Adding to Felburn Park is Phil's Lake. At this lake you will be able to find a number of freshwater fish. In addition, canoes, kayaks, and non-motorized crafts are allowed in the lake.
Fort Cooper State Park offers a wide variety of natural sights and wonders. To start, Lake Holathlikaha is a pristine lake that is best viewed by boat or while kayaking across its majesty. Fort Cooper also boasts 700 acres of fertile lands covered in hiking trails to take in the beauty of Florida.
The Inglis Dam & Recreation Area is home to a historic dam that was built in the early 1900s. It offers several unique experiences. Visitors are able to go horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, boating, and more.
Welcome to Withlacoochee State Trail! This 46 mile long trail is a diverse journey through Florida's west coast. It also stands as the longest paved rail-trail in the state. Originally part of the Plant System's West Coast Route rail line in the late 1800s, Withlacoochee became a state trail in 1989. In fact, it was one of the first land purchases under Florida's "Florida Rails to Trails" program. This expansive stretch of land runs through three counties, various small towns, and a variety of wildlife habitats. There are also sections of the trail that have an accompanying unpaved equestrian trail for horseback riding.
There is much to learn about this site and the history of what remains. Just before the Civil War, people had great success with this mill, but as the Civil War approached and was happening there was a huge naval blockade that made the mill close.
These are some of the oldest ruins here in Florida, so check them out in a small town named Homosassa. As you drive to this location, you can easily see the park from the road. This park was owned by David Levy Yulee, a former member of the territorial legislative council. This mill was steam-driven for the southern troops in the civil war to create sugar products. There is a lot to do in this park, not only the historic stuff, but also an exhibit. While having a fun time, do not forget to bring a meal to have a picnic with the people you love to end the day right.
Citrus County has a large number of diverse and intriguing activities to partake in year round. In addition to the extensive trails, waterways for boating, and playgrounds for the kids, there are several lesser-known activities to explore.
Citrus Memorial Health System is committed to the care and improvement of human life. Their day-to-day mission is to strive to deliver the highest quality and the most cost-effective health care in their community.
Nature Coast LIFE is an inclusive homeschooling group for Hernando, Pasco,and Citrus County, Florida (Nature Coast). All are welcome regardless of race, religion(or lack of), lifestyle, or educational philosophy. We believe there are as many different ways of homeschooling as there are homeschoolers.... That we all want the best for our children,that regardless of the path we chose we are richer for the company of each other on the Journey.