Getting Back to Nature
Beautiful Parks in Pasco County
Robert K. Rees Memorial Park
4835 Green Key Rd, New Port Richey
A community park consisting of 45 acres located right on the Gulf of Mexico. There is a 650′ boardwalk that takes you through the mangroves and wetland property to the north side of the park and has a small two-deck observation tower where you can spot dolphins, sea cranes and other birds migrating around the area and is very peaceful and calming.
Key Vista Nature Park
2700 Baillies Bluff Rd, Holiday
This beautiful Nature Resource Park offers a pleasant and peaceful surroundings. You can hear the wildlife moving around your feet. There are birds, squirrels, peacocks and even slithering snakes. There are 101 acres of land here for you to capture all of its beauty. Take a stroll on the boardwalk, which connects to the Anclote Gulf Park, or take a hike on the quarter-mile nature trail.
Crews Lake Park
16739 Crews Lake Drive, Spring Hill
This wilderness park consists of 113 acres and there is so much to enjoy at this beautiful park. There is an observation tower, bird houses, a paved bike path, you can hike through the nature trails, stroll through the botanical garden and watch the birds and butterflies surround you. There is an outdoor amphitheater and primitive camping for families or group events.
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
10500 Wilderness Park Blvd, New Port Richey
This regional park covers over 8,300 acres of land and is a cooperative venture between the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Pasco County Parks and Recreation. The park consists of a kiosk, open space, camping area, horse corral and equestrian trail, nature and multi-purpose trails, day use area, shelters and pavilions, playgrounds, horseshoe and volleyball courts. The birding trail was designated by the Audubon Society and 177 species of birds have been viewed.
Withlacoochee River Park
12449 Withlacoochee Blvd, Dade City
This wilderness park consists of 406 acres, however, the Withlacoochee River is located on 610 acres of natural wilderness land with an abundance of wildlife to see such as Bald Eagles, Swallow Tail Hawk, Red Tail, Red Shoulder Hawk, Turkey, Great Blue Heron, Red and Gray Fox, Florida Panther, Bob Cat, Alligators, Gopher Tortoise, Black Bear, River Otter, Snakes, Owls, Raccoons and Wild Hogs. There is an 1840’s replica of Church, Trading Post and a Pioneer Cabin as well as a Primitive Log Cabin. The Church can be reserved for small weddings and then you can have your reception at one of the shelters and make it a memorable day. You can also rent the two cabins for a weekend stay or longer.
For more information about local Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources visit http://www.pascocountyfl.net or www.visitpasco.net.