I’ve been a resident of Hernando County my entire life. I moved away for a few years to attend college and since being back I’ve been shocked at the amount of nature preserves and hiking trails around the county that I had no idea existed. Aside from the Weeki Wachee Preserve, I had no knowledge of other protected wildlife areas in Hernando. From taking new ways to work and having the time to explore my town, I’ve come across some interesting places to check out!
This past weekend I went to the Fickett Hammock Preserve, a 155 acre nature preserve located at 15482 Centralia Rd. Brooksville, FL 34601. Open daylight hours, Fickett Hammock has a 2.3 mile looped hiking trail that starts at the paved parking lot. On this hike you’re sure to encounter native plants and wildlife and pass over the seasonal stream that cuts through oak hammock trees. Unfortunately the time wasn’t right for me, because the river was all dried up during my walk. Other beautiful trees you’re sure to see are hickory groves and sparkleberry thickets, among others.
The trail, shaded by trees for the most part, is picturesque the whole way through. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. Don’t be like me and take the beautiful nature of Hernando County for granted. Be sure to get outside and check out these preserves too! The benefits of spending time in nature are vast. Be kind to your body and mind, spend some time outside.