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Located at the southern end of Florida’s Big Bend, the charming village of Homosassa sits on the banks of Homosassa River, just moments away from the Golf Coast. Aside from great weather and beaches for sunbathing and swimming, the area around Homosassa hosts a number of intriguing wildlife parks and nature reserves. The county also draws many visitors to its historic sites, some of which played important roles during the civil war. Meanwhile, nearby state parks and national forests offer energetic visitors multiple recreational activities, both on land and in the water. The village itself is home to the ruins of Yulee Sugar Mill.
Those who book an RV in Citrus County can drive 10 minutes to Homosassa Springs or head north to Crystal River or south to Spring Hill. There are so many things to see and do when you rent a motorhome in Homosassa.
The Great Outdoors
There are a plethora of natural areas surrounding Homosassa and each offers abundant outdoor activities for all abilities and ages. Your only trouble will be fitting it all in once you get your Homosassa luxury RV rental.
Between Homosassa and Homosassa Springs is the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, located on Suncoast Boulevard. Once a popular swimming spot close to Homosassa Springs Train Station, the park is now a haven for many species of wildlife including bobcats, black bears, alligators, whooping cranes, and even the rare Florida Panther. There is a one mile hiking trail that winds through the forested area partly on an elevated boardwalk. Plus, bird watching, wildlife tours, and picnic areas. The park’s most unique feature is its underwater dome which visitors can walk through and observe freshwater fish such as large jacks and snoops, as well as manatee.
If you take your RV rental near Homosassa east towards Inverness, you can visit the Citrus Wildlife Management Area. The 50,000-acre area is teeming with wildlife; gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, and indigo snakes are just a few of species that inhabit this natural area. It’s also home to around 60 colonies of the red-cockaded woodpecker. Aside from wildlife spotting, one of the best things to do in the park is to rent a canoe or kayak and take to the Wildlife Management Area’s waterways. There are a range of paddling trails stretching from easy family trips to strenuous multi-day excursions. The area hosts a variety of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails too which pass a combination of woodland, creeks, and sinkholes. Some of these trails connect to the 1,300-mile Florida National Scenic Trail. If you feel like parking your Homosassa camper rental and diving into the wilderness then the Citrus Wildlife Management Area is equipped with a primitive campsite.
Driving a few miles south of Homosassa you’ll arrive in Homosassa Wildlife Management Area which is made up of a total of 5,000 acres. Along with a wide variety of bird species, the park hosts a network of nature trails known as The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Nearby is the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to over 25 types of land mammals, more than 50 reptile species, and over 250 types of birds. This 31,000-acre refuge contains rivers, marshes, and saltwater bays. It’s a dream come true for wildlife photographers and animal lovers.
When you’re ready to get some shut-eye, you can drive your RV west from Homosassa to Nature Resort RV Campground. It’s located just outside of Homosassa on the edge of Halls River which connects directly to the Gulf of Mexico. The site offers concrete pitches with full hookups amid charming woodland as well as a boat ramp and boat rental services. At Nature Resort RV Campground, you’ll be in a perfect position to see the best sites of Homosassa and enjoy the peace an quite of the campsite.
Also, nearby is the Camp N Water Campground Outdoor Resort on the Homosassa River. The campground is equipped with a swimming pool, TV lounge, and horseshoes pits. This pet-friendly park has full hookup sites as well as laundry, restroom, and shower facilities.
Another RV site worth considering for your Homosassa RV rental is the Covered Wagon Campground. It’s also located in Homosassa and has full hookup sites. The amenities are somewhat limited but you will find laundry available within three miles. Camping here puts you very close to nearby attractions like Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and the Crystal River Mall.
Once you’ve explored the ins an out of Citrus County with a Homosassa RV trailer rental you might want to spare a day to stroll around the village. From flea markets to historical sites, museums, and restaurants, there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Right in the heart of the village is the Old Homosassa Veterans Memorial, a memorial service is held at this humble monument each year in May. The park is a fantastic place to start your visit. For more history, continue your walk to the Olde Mill House and Printing Museum. You won’t want to miss a visit to the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park either. The site was once a prospering 5,100-acre sugar plantation owned by David Levy Yulee which supplied sugar products to the southern troops during the civil war. Nowadays, the park offers a pleasant picnic and BBQ area, as well as the chance to see the original mill and its impressive 19th century machinery.
Other popular activities in Homosassa include feeding Alpacas at Alpaca Magic USA, viewing manatees on a Homosassa River tour, spotting spider monkeys on the man-made Monkey Island, and shopping for souvenirs in some of Homosassa’s unique gift shops.
You’ll have plenty of options when you rent an RV in Homosassa.