Hiking

“Off Road” experience on Florida National Scenic Trail

Photography By ALICE MARY HERDEN

Hikers and Nature Photographers on the FNST at Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area

The Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) guides hikers through portions of Hernando County including the Cypress Lakes Preserve and the Withlacoochee State Forest (Croom). Its newest addition takes hikers through the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (CWEA).

Preparations began over a year ago on this section of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST), re-routing trails along the roadway into the wildness type environment within the CWEA, more visually inspiring for hikers.

Hike at Lake Townsend Preserve

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 View of the Withlacoochee River from the pier at Lake Townsen Park

This preserve and park would not be here if not for the dedication of people from Hernando County. It's a part of the Lake Townsend history that James King knows well.

King is Hernando County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Specialist and explained why this is the people’s park.

This was part of Colonel Robbins property at one time, and when the US Government bought it they declared it surplus, that way the county was able to purchase the property. The preserve is a conservation bordered by Lake Lindsey Road, Lingle Road, Osage Street and Daly Road.

Hernando County Preserves: Cypress Lake Preserve

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Cypress Lake- Cypress Lake Preserve in Ridge Manor. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando County Preserves: Cypress Lake Preserve

Jim King, Hernando County Conservation Lands Specialist, oversees more than 1000 acres of Hernando County environmentally sensitive lands. His main purpose is to continue to provide residents of Hernando County and other nature enthusiasts a beautiful place for hiking, biking, birding as well as maintaining a healthy ecosystem within the preserves

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

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Resurrection Fern. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

Hernando Audubon Society offers free field trips to different areas here in Hernando County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has some amazing properties that are open to the public for the whole family to enjoy and explore.

Enchanted Weekiwachee Preserve: Nature’s Therapy

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Cypress Village

Enchanted Weeki Wachee Preserve: Nature’s Therapy

From the Weekiwachee Preserve to the Withlacoochee State Trail, Hernando County has great areas for hiking, biking and walking. This is great news for the health of our residents and visitors. According to WedMD,

"Many health care researchers and practitioners say that ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) can have regenerative powers, improving mood and easing anxiety, stress, and depression.