17 Feb Citrus County Florida – More Than Ever, is “The Place To Be”
Citrus County was established in 1887. The Citrus County area was formerly part of Hernando County. It was named for it’s county’s citrus groves which still exist in parts of the county. You can read more at the Citrus County Citrus County Florida Historical Society website and the FLGENWEB project.
Visit Citrus County
Thinking about a move to Citrus County Florida? Within you will find many reasons why Citrus County is “The place to be”. Located in the heart of Florida, Citrus County Florida is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and the Withlacoochee River on the east. Situated 90 miles northwest of Orlando and 75 miles north of Tampa and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Citrus County provides a wonderful haven for those in search of a peaceful getaway or for those searching for adventure in Florida’s Nature Coast.
Citrus County enjoys a growing business community which is the direct result of the business climate as well as the quality of life available. This makes Citrus County one of the most desirable business community areas in Florida.
You will hear the term “Seven Rivers” around here, and this is the reason why. Cool spring water provides a seemingly endless supply of fresh water from the Crystal River, Homosassa River, Chassahowitzka River, Halls River and their tributaries. There are literally hundreds of fresh water springs which maintain a year-round fresh water temperature of 72 degrees. The 30 largest springs alone, pump 600 million gallons of water daily.
The Crystal, Homosassa, Chassahowitzka and Withlacoochee River systems have all been recognized as “Outstanding Florida Waters” by the State of Florida for their natural qualities.
Add Mason Creek, Little Homosassa, St. Martins and the Salt River and you actually have ten, but who’s counting.
Schools and Neighborhoods
Contributing to the high quality of life experienced by residents of Citrus County is a top rated school system. You can visit the school system website here. However, great schools are not enough. You also need good neighborhoods, and we have plenty.
Along the western side of the county, nestled in the midst of live oaks, high ground coastal hammock and pine forest you will find the communities of Crystal River, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Chassahowtizka and Sugar Mill Woods.
Crystal River is a gem of a little town, the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida and the largest town on the west side of the county. Crystal River, situated around Kings Bay is also known as the “Home of the Manatee”. Fifty fresh water springs are designated as first-magnitude which makes the Crystal River springs group the second largest in Florida. No wonder the manatees love this place. And here you will find ample opportunities for boating, diving, swimming, fishing as well as a variety of Manatee and Eco-Tours.
Some great things are happening. The Riverwalk, which has been years in the making, is finally moving forward. The Riverwalk will add connectivity between waterfront and downtown areas. The ever popular Hunters Springs Park is receiving a 1.6 million dollar overhaul. And the Kings Bay Park has an upgraded kayaks launch.
The annual Stone Crab Jam continues to please our local residents and the local motels and hotels fill up as people from all over visit to enjoy the festival as well. Of course stone crabs are one of the main attractions. A variety of music by four bands playing simultaneously, Chowder cook-off, crafters, local business’s and additional food vendors fill the bill. The Stone Crab jam is a project of the Kings Bay Rotary Club.
The annual Manatee Festival is another huge draw. The two-day festival also takes place in Crystal River and features, of course, the manatee. Manatee tours, boat tours, performers, artwork, photography, sculptures, crafts and jewelry are on display and for sale as well as a wide variety of tasty food are available.
Crystal River Airport is a public airport located three miles southeast of the central business district of Crystal River. The paved lighted east-west runway is 4,555’ by 75’ with a full parallel taxiway and handles a variety of recreational aircraft up to light corporate jets. There is also an unlighted north-south turf runway 3,000’ by 100’. Ties downs are available.
Along the eastern side of the county are the 13 mile Tsala Apopka chain of lakes and the Withlacoochee River, which have some of the very best largemouth bass fishing you’ll find anywhere. Here nestled in the hardwood and cypress forests along the river and lakes and the upland pine forest, you will find the communities of Hernando, Inverness and Floral City. The Withlacoochee State Trail offers a 46-mile section of railroad track that has been paved for use by visitors on bicycles or foot. The even topography and natural surroundings make it particularly well-liked among cyclists.
Inverness’s moto is “Small Town-Done Right”. The City is a bit over seven square miles in size and packed with many natural resources and recreational opportunities.
There are over 300 acres of park facilities in the city offering activities for all ages. Wallace Brooks, Liberty, Liberty Trail and Whispering Pines are our favorites.
At 46 miles in length, the Rail to Trails of The Withlacoochee is presently the longest paved rail trail in Florida and offers many recreational opportunities. The trail runs right through the City and is a big draw to the community, attracting bicycle enthusiast for all over the region.
The annual Cooter Fest draws huge crowds and features 3 days of music, and a variety of other events that keep the fans delighted. The Great American Cooter Festival in Inverness celebrates the little turtle with the big heart. Come join in all the fun while your here!
Inverness Airport is a public airport located just over two miles southeast of the central business district of Inverness. It has one runway designated 1/19 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,000’ by 75’ with a full parallel taxiway and handles a variety of recreational aircraft up to light corporate jets.
Citrus County is a magnet for the outdoors man. More than one-half of the 400,000 plus acres in Citrus County are publicly owned and managed by the various federal, state, county or municipal government agencies, and nearly all of the land is vacant and used as parks or recreation area. An extensive park system provides a large variety of activities for all ages. There are literally more than 50 local and state parks in this area of Florida’s Nature Coast with everything from fresh and saltwater fishing, hiking, biking on the Rails to Trails, horseback riding in the Withlacoochee State Forest and bird watching to perhaps to catch a glimpse of any multitude of the species who also call Citrus County home.
Citrus County is famous for being home to the endangered West Indian Manatee. Attracted to these warm waters, the West Indian Manatees make their home here in winter. Citrus County has received international attention for these endangered mammals. Three Sisters Springs are the only springs in Crystal River that can be accessed by land and are the epicenter of manatee activity. Want a thrill of a lifetime? Come visit for and up close personal encounter with a Florida Manatee.
Citrus County is widely considered as one of the Fishing Capitols of the world. Aptly named “The Nature Coast,” this area of Florida is teeming with flora and fauna. The Nature Coast has that special mixture of environmental ingredients which form the ideal foundations for an abundance of wildlife. The crystal clear waters offer speckled trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, snook, cobia, tarpon and a multitude of other species. Tarpon is king during the months of May and June as fly anglers from all over the world come with hopes of being crowned the new world record holder. The current international fly tackle records for tarpon for the 12 Lb, 16 lb and 20 lb class tippet were all caught off the Homosassa River.
The central ridge of our county is the sand hill region and you will find abundance long leaf pine and turkey oak here. The communities of Pine Ridge, Black Diamond Ranch, Citrus Hills, Terra Vista and Citrus Springs.
You will find many beautiful Golf Courses in this area. With more than a dozen public or semi-public golf courses, and private golf courses, there are many places for beginners and for the most advanced golfers. From the center of the county you will find Great Golf in every direction.
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Visit and find out what makes Citrus County unique. You will find many reasons why Citrus County is “The place to be”. And while you are here, Let us help you locate your future address in Citrus County, Florida
There is presently an abundance of vacant properties available for every budget. Waterfront, riverfront, Gulf of Mexico, acreage, and building sites available in rural or community minded neighborhoods.
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