Get Outside in Nature’s Place to Play


Hernando County beckons with natural springs, miles of trails, and plenty of authentic Florida charm. Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Withlacoochee River, the county is known as Florida’s Adventure Coast for good reason: This outdoor paradise beckons with 170,000 acres of protected parklands, preserves, forests, and waterways.

Ready to start exploring? Here are seven ways to get outside on Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville-Weeki Wachee.

1. Explore this pedaler’s paradise.

With car-free paved trails, scenic byways, and miles of fat-tire biking terrain, Florida’s Adventure Coast is a place cyclists love to explore. Travel the Withlacoochee State Trail, Brooksville’s Good Neighbor Trail, or the scenic, award-winning 42-mile Suncoast Trail

2. Experience phenomenal fishing.

With so many bodies of water to drop a line in, Florida’s Adventure Coast is an angler’s paradise. The Gulf of Mexico teems with aquatic life at every depth; favorite freshwater spots include the Withlacoochee and Mud rivers. 

3. Get on the water.

Hernando County is home to 52 miles of rivers — plus plenty of creeks and other waterways ideal for aquatic activities. One fun option: the 1.7-mile Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail. Or hop on board the Island Rose for a lunch or sunset dinner cruise.

4. Discover wildlife viewing.

Florida’s Adventure Coast is home to seven locations on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, where you can find a variety of species year-round. Beginners and experienced birders alike will enjoy exploring Chinsegut Conservation Center. Other places to visit include the nearby Withlacoochee State Forest and the Weekiwachee Preserve.

5. Explore on land.

Florida’s Adventure Coast is packed with charm and history, including Weeki Wachee Springs State Park’s famous mermaid show, performed for over 75 years. Weeki Wachee also offers Buccaneer Bay, Florida’s only spring-fed water park.

In Brooksville, you can stroll brick-paved streets lined with quaint shops and admire downtown murals. While you’re in town, visit some of the region’s sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

6. Eat, drink, and be merry.

After so many outdoor activities, you might be left feeling hungry — and thirsty. Not to worry. The area’s dining scene is just as vibrant as its outdoors. Craft brewers have also made a home here.

7. Catch a thrill.

For high-flying thrills, the FLG X Adventure Course in Brooksville challenges you to tackle zip lines and treetop obstacles. Or get your adrenaline pumping at the Croom Motorcycle Area.

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