HOMOSASSA SPRINGS

The heart of the Nature Coast and all it has to offer. Stillwater Preserve RV Resort offers luxury resort-style amenities nestled in our nature preserve unlike any other. Enjoy the tranquility of a coastal Florida haven.

CITRUS COUNTY

The Nature Coast for a reason…

Florida — the way it was 100 years ago … clean spring water … lush thick forests … winding rivers … fishing spots that look untouched … that Florida is Citrus County today!

  • An hour north of Tampa lies a land set back in time. Winter home of the manatees … bay scallops in summer and outdoor activities are sought year round.
  • Approximately 50% of the county land mass can never be built on … state forest … national wildlife refuge … hundreds of lakes and 4 major rivers.
  • Three 1st magnitude springs … Crystal River … Kings Bay … Chassahowitzka … Homosassa Springs.
  • County population at approximately 150,000.
  • Fishing — fish the rivers and go to the flats or deep sea fishing here is world renown.
  • Manatees — these, winter residents can be viewed by kayak or boat or swimming in our rivers and springs. Visitors from all over the world come to see Three Sisters Springs and our manatees.
  • Golfing — not your typical golfing with the beautiful rolling hills of Citrus County… home to more golf holes per resident than anywhere in the state.
  • Biking — paved trails everywhere including the 42 mile Withlacoochee Rail to Trails.
  • Kayaking — all the rivers and springs can rent or you can bring your own.
  • Scalloping — our summer centerpiece … lasts from July 1 through September and is a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Boating — all sizes and types, enjoy the abundance of water venues.​
  • Hiking — State forests and National Wildlife area parks.
  • U Pick Farms … natural caves … wineries … horse trails … animal wildlife sanctuaries surround our beautiful Nature Coast!

Hiking

HIKING & BICYCLE TRAILS

Bicycle Riding

Crystal River Preserve State Park
Ecowalk Trail
Length: 2 Mile Loop
Location: Trailhead located on the corner of Curtis Tool Road and Tallahassee St. in Crystal River.

Whispering Pines Park
Length: 5 Hiking Loops ranging from .7 miles to 2.9 miles.
Location: Park access from Forest Dr. off of US 41 in Inverness

Crystal River Preserve State Park
Churchhouse Hammock Trail
Length: .3 mile boardwalk and .71 mile primitive trail.
Location: Southboud US 19, .5 miles south of State Park St. in Crystal River.

Withlacoochee State Trail
One of the longest, 46 miles, paved rail-trails in Florida.
Location: Floral City Trailhead at Orange Ave. and US 41.

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge – Chassahowitzka Saltmarsh Trails
Length: .8 Mile Loop and .25 Mile Trail
Location: Parking and trail access on Mason Creek Rd. just east of S. Westview Dr.

Withlacoochee Bay Trail
From Withlacoochee River to the Gulf of Mexica. It runs along the south bank of the Cross Florida Barge Canal. Extends from north of Crystal River and south of Inglis, to just beyond North Suncoast Boulevard.

Manatee Encounters

 

MANATEE ENCOUNTERS

Manatee Connection
267 NW 3rd St
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 697-0220

Florida Manatee Tours
2380 NW Hwy 19
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-7033
(877) 463-4846

Florida Manatee Adventures
(352) 476-7558

River Venture Manatee Tour
498 SE Kings Bay Dr.
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 564-8687
(877) 581-8401

Manatee Tour and Dive
267 NW 3rd Street
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-1333
(888) 732-2692

Snorkel With Manatees
4155 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34448
(352) 257-8687

SWIMMING, DIVING & SNORKELINGSnorkeling

Fort Island Gulf Beach
Description: Gulf of Mexico, salt water
Amenities: Barbecue grills, designated swimming area, boat ramp, fishing pier, pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, showers
Location: 16000 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River

Bird’s Under Water
320 N.W. Highway 19
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 563-2763
(800) 771-2763

Adventure Diving
48 NW US 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 794-7227
(866) 518-1530

Adventure center at the Plantation
9301 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34423
(352) 795-5797
(800) 829-2364

American Pro Diving Center
821 SE US Hwy 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 563-0041
(800) 291-3483

Crystal Lodge Dive Center
525 N.W. 7th Ave.
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-6798

SCALLOPING EXCURSIONSSCALLOPING EXCURSIONS

Battle Creek Outfitters
Captain Jay Lowe
(352) 601-7010

Adventure Center at the Plantation
9301 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34423
(352) 795-5797
(800) 892-2364

Captain Mikes Sunshine River Tours
1 Southwest 1st Place
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 628-3450

Captain “Z” Fishing Guide
Captain Mark Zorn
(352) 489-5168
(352) 400-1925

Big Red Fishing
Captain Dallas Willis
(352) 422-2354
(352) 621-3507

Native Sun Tours
Captain Russell Holliday
5300 S. Cherokee Way
Homosassa, FL 34448
(352) 212-6142

BOAT LAUNCH AND RENTALBoat Ramps

Homosassa Public Boat Launch
5424 S Cherokee Way
Homosassa, FL 34448
(833) 426-8687

Mason Creek Public Boat Ramp
Homosassa, FL 34448

Homosassa Spring Marina Boat Rental
10806 W Halls River Road
Homosassa, FL 34448
(352) 628-7334

PARKS, PRESERVES & ATTRACTIONS

Crystal River Preserve State Park
A place of exceptional natural beauty, the undisturbed islands, inlets, backwaters and forests of this Crystal River Preserve are especially cherished by nature lovers and photographers. The park borders 20 miles of the northern Gulf Coast between the two cities of Yankeetown and Homosassa. Visitors can hike or bicycle along seven miles of trails or study the native wildlife and plants on the two mile interpretive trail.

3266 N. Sailboat Ave.
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 563-1136

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. The refuge was established primarily to protect waterfowl habitat and is home to over 250 species of birds, over 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, and at least 25 different species of mammals, including the endangered West Indian Manatee.
(352) 563-2088

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs
Wildlife State Park
Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park’s underwater observatory in the main spring. The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles and river otters. Manatee programs are offered three times daily. At the Wildlife encounter programs, snakes and other native animals are featured. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and bird-watching.
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446
(352) 628-5343

Withlacoochee State Forest
The size and diversity of Withlacoochee State Forest provides visitors with a variety of natural communities, wildlife and recreation activities to enjoy. Wildlife is abundant and there are a number of species that are listed as endangered, threatened or species of special concern. Bald eagle, fox squirrel and gopher tortoise may be seen along with white-tailed deer, wild turkey, rabbit and gray squirrel.
(352) 754-6896

Fort Cooper State Park
The park’s diverse natural areas provide refuge for many plants and animals, including threatened and endangered species. Fishing in Lake Holathlikaha is a popular activity; swimming is available only when the lake level is high enough. Paddleboat and canoe rentals are available. Nearly five miles of self-guided trails offer some of the best bird and wildlife viewing in Citrus County. Park visitors also can enjoy the picnic facilities, a recreation hall and primitive group campground.

3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450
(352) 726-0315

Mertailor’s Mermaid Aquarium
Come experience the magic!

The art of becoming a mermaid. unleash your inner mermaid.

4100 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 513-3278

Local RestaurantsRESTAURANTS

CRYSTAL RIVER

The Crab Plant
Seafood Seller
Cody’s
Applebees
Chili’s
LollyGaggers
ElRanchito
Crackers
Wallaces Greenhouse
Vintage on 5th

INVERNESS

Outback
Olive Garden
Los Magueyes
Ruby Tuesday
Stumpknockers
Fisherman’s Cove
Cedar River Seafood

HOMOSASSA

Moschello’s Pizza
Marguerita Grill
Seagrass Waterfront
Crump’s Landing
Luigi’s
Freezer
Kims Café
Macraes / Shed
Crackers Kitchen
China Gourmet

BROOKSVILLE/SPRING HILL

So many options:
Chinese
Italian
Seafood
Sports-bar
Steakhouse
Etc.

ShoppingGrocery

SHOPPING

STORES

Bealls (department store)
Belk (department store)
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Marshalls and Ross (department stores)
Hobby Lobby
Sams Club
Pennys
Petco
Ulta
Michaels

GROCERY STORES

Publix Super Market & Pharmacy
Walmart
Aldi
Murphy’s Market
Winn-Dixie
Walgreens

MOVIE THEATERSMovie Theaters

Beacon Cinemas
Regal Citrus Cinemas
Touchstar Cinemas – Spring Hill 8

Doctor OfficesMEDICAL FACILITIES

Citrus Memorial Hospital
502 W. Highland Blvd.
Inverness, FL 34452
(352) 726-1551

Urgent Care Clinic
155 SE US Highway 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 563-0184

Florida Cancer Specialist
521 N Lecanto Hwy.
Lecanto, FL 34461
352-746-0707

Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center
6201 N. Suncoast Blvd.
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-6560

Sugarmill Woods Family Care Center
7945 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446
352-382-6111

DaVita Crystal River Dialysis
7435 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River, FL 34429
833-319-3093

Midway Animal Hospital Homosassa
1635 S Suncoast Blvd
Homosassa, FL 34448
352-795-7110

Oak Hill Hospital
11375 Cortez Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34613
(352) 596-6632

Allen Ridge Family Care Center
540 N. Lecanto Hwy.
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 746-2700

VCA Lecanto Animal Hospital
1250 South Lacanto Hwy
Lecanto, FL 34461
352-270-8819

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