Scenic Driving Tour
East of the Gulf and West of the River . . .
Is a land rich in history and beauty of nature.
Journey to the southwest corner
of Hernando County and encounter Aripeka, a picturesque fishing village,
two bridges long, with
plenty of standing room for fishing and admiring those deep orange
sunsets. Take a scenic drive on highway 597 north through Hernando
Beach where the sawgrass sweeps out to the horizon. For a really
spectacular sight, climb the tower at Hernando Beach Park where you
will overlook Jenkins Creek as it flows through the expansive salt
marsh into the gulf
Further up the coastal road you will cross the Weeki
Wachee River. Swim in the cool waters of this spring fed river at
Rogers Park, or paddle a canoe and explore the crystal waters for
a glimpse of a manatee or other wildlife inhabitant of this territory.
Reaching the intersection of 550 you can choose to go west, out
to the beach at Pine Island or the fishing pier at Bayport, both
excellent locations to view our spectacular Florida sunsets.
travel east where enchanting mermaids entertain in the depths of
the world famous Weeki Wachee Spring.
The community of Spring Hill
borders the crossroads of US 19
and SR 50. With plenty of parks,
golf courses, restaurants,
accommodations and shopping,
you will find all the urban
However if you are searching for
a more rustic experience, head
7 miles south to the crossroads of US 19 and highway 595 to the 6,000
Weeki Wachee Preserve where black bears roam and eagles call home.
Where 5 1/2 miles of multi-use marked trails for bicyclists and
another 4.3 trails designated for
hiking. 7 deep water rock-quarry lakes available for fishing. For
canoes, kayaks and rowboats.
To plan your Hernando County Adventure on the go,
refer to the locator map in the PDF above!
Heading east on SR 50 leads
you into the charming town of Brooksville. Under spreading oaks enjoy
a walk admiring the century old homes and historic courthouse. The
Historical Museum displays photos and artifacts from Florida’s
colorful past. Or, spend time browsing through the specialty and
antique shops near the heart of town. In Brooksville you can celebrate
Christmas anytime of year when you visit the cottages at Roger’s
Christmas House. Linger a little longer and enjoy a cup of tea and
something sweet at one of the neighboring restaurants.
As you leave Brooksville
to the north on US 41 you will find two of the most beautiful lakes
in Hernando County. McKethan Lake with its splendid live oak trees
and park facilities is the ideal picnic site for two or two hundred,
while Lake Lindsey with its boat ramp is very popular with the small
boaters and fresh-water fishermen and fisherwomen.
At the junction
of US 41 and Highway 476 a turn to the east leads you into the small
town of Nobleton, at the edge of the Withlacoochee State Forest.
Gently flowing through this dense Florida forest is the famous Withlacoochee
River, a favorite among Florida’s river connoisseurs.
Eerie, yet beautiful reflections
are a sight to behold as the slowly flowing river mirrors towering
cypress trees and wild fauna . .. reflections broken by oddly shaped
cypress knees jutting randomly from the dark tannic waters.
The Withlacooche State Forest covers the eastern part of Hernando
County. Here visitors and natives enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation.
There are horse trails for equestrians, while hikers have their nature
trails, and ATV and dirt bikers have trails too, all well maintained
for your pleasure. Camping sites are provided at various locations
throughout the county including the scenic Silver Lake Recreation
From the rolling hills of eastern and central Hernando County, with
its forests and lakes – to the salt waters of the gulf of Mexico
teeming with world class sport fishing - your visit to Hernando County
is a journey to be enjoyed not just once…but an adventure
to be experienced again and again.