Nature Coast Florida – More Than Ever, is “The Place To Be”

Nature Coast Florida – More Than Ever, is “The Place To Be”

Citrus County, also known as, the “Nature Coast,” came to be 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.

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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, we are 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. Our area provides a wonderful haven for those in search of a peaceful getaway or for those seeking adventure in Florida’s Nature Coast.

Citrus County enjoys a growing business community. This is the direct result of the business climate, as well as the quality of life available. This makes the Nature Coast one of the most desirable business community areas in Florida.

***West Side of the Nature Coast***

Seven Rivers

Skiff in the Crystal River Bay of Citrus County, FloridaYou will hear the term “Seven Rivers” around here, and there’s a 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 State of Florida considers the Crystal, Homosassa, Chassahowitzka and Withlacoochee River systems all “Outstanding Florida Waters.”

Additionally, Mason Creek, Little Homosassa, St. Martins and the Salt River makes it 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. 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 multiple communities. Mainly, Crystal River, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Chassahowtizka and Sugarmill Woods.

Crystal River
West Indian Manatee in Crystal River Florida

West Indian Manatee

Crystal River is a gem of a little town, in the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. Notably the largest town on the west side of the county. Crystal River, situated around Kings Bay, is also considered 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. Finally, the Kings Bay Park upgraded and outfitted a new kayak launch.

Festivals on the Nature Coast

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

The local Airport is a public airport about three miles from the central business district of Crystal River.  The lit east-west runway is 4,555’ by 75’ with a full parallel taxiway. This airport handles a variety of recreational aircraft up to light corporate jets. There is also an unlit north-south turf runway 3,000’ by 100’. Ties downs are available.

There are many overnight options available. We like the Best Western Resort and the Plantation Inn, both located on Crystal River’s waterfront.

***East Side of the Nature Coast***

Edward Russell Johnston Custom HomesAlong 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

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.

The Outdoors

Fishing Crystal River FloridaCitrus County is a magnet for the outdoors man. 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.

Nature Coast Manatees

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 you can visit 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.

Tarpon Fishing Capitol of the World

Trout fishing the Nature Coast in Citrus County, FloriddaFurthermore, Citrus County is widely known as one of the Fishing Capitols of the world.  Aptly named “The Nature Coast,” this area of Florida is teeming with aquatic wildlife. The Nature Coast has that special mixture of the ideal foundations for an abundance of wildlife. The crystal clear waters offer trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, snook, cobia, tarpon and other species. Tarpon is king during the months of May and June. Fly anglers from all over the world come with hopes of taking home the world record holder title. The current international fly tackle records for tarpon 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. ERJ builds homes in golf course communities in Citrus County, FloridaYou will find many beautiful Golf Courses in this area. With more than a dozen public golf courses and private golf courses, there are many places to play. From the center of the county you will find Great Golf in every direction.

***Make the Move***

Can we help you find a suitable property? As a Realtor and General Contractor we have a lot of valuable knowledge to offer someone looking for advice and guidance.

Visit and find out what makes Citrus County unique. While you are here, let us help you locate your future home. In conclusion, you will find many reasons why the Nature Coast is “The place to be.”

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.

Discover a new place to call home in any of these Citrus County, Florida communities and neighborhoods:

Beverly Hills Florida Real Estate | Black Diamond Florida Real Estate | Citrus County Florida Real Estate | Citrus Hills Florida Real Estate | Citrus Springs Florida Real Estate | Commercial Florida Real Estate | Crystal River Florida Real Estate | Floral City Florida Real Estate | Golf Communities Florida Real Estate | Homosassa Florida Real Estate | Horse Farm Florida Real Estate | Inglis and Yankeetown Florida Real Estate | Inverness Florida Real Estate | Ozello Keys Florida Real Estate | Pine Ridge Florida Real Estate | Sugarmill Woods Florida Real Estate | Terra Vista Florida Real Estate | Waterfront Gulf & River Florida Real Estate | Waterfront Lake & River Florida Real Estate


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