The Land that is now Weekiwachee Preserve was once a limestone quarry. It is part of a regional system of conservation lands that extend to Crystal River Buffer Preserve.
From dense hardwood swamps to freshwater marshes, through pine-covered sandhills and along river & lake banks, the preserve provides a mosaic of habitats for visitors to view and enjoy.
There are approximately 5.5 miles of paved and unpaved trails and 4.3 miles of marked woods roads.
Most trails are fairly wide and can easily accommodate both hikers and bicyclists.
Swimming is not permitted in any of the lakes. Bank fishing is allowed; however, caution must be used as banks can be unstable.
On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, visitors are allowed to drive through the Osowaw Boulevard entrance and through the park to the end of the paved road. Here, canoes/kayaks may be unloaded and put into one of the lakes. Canoes/kayaks must be carried to the water as there is no boat ramp.
Scenes from our hike
Most trails are in full sun; we highly recommend carrying plenty of water with you on your hike. Sunscreen is a must. We also recommend that you apply insect repellent before starting out on your hike. Most of our insect encounters were at the beginning of our hike.
Weeki Wachee Preserve is located at 2345 Osowaw Boulevard in Spring Hill. Hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset. There is no fee to enter the preserve. An ADA-accessible portable toilet is available; however, there is no water available.
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