Activities

Wesley Chapel is one of Pasco county's fastest-growing communities. New residents has brought many exciting new amenities for visitors to enjoy as well. Wesley Chapel's location makes it easy for visitors to enjoy all that West Central Florida has to offer!

Hiking & Biking

One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty is on foot or by bicycle, this allows you to take your time, observe wildlife or enjoy a relaxing picnic under a moss-draped oak. Most of the 30 parks have nature trails of various lengths, but some of the larger or multi-county trails are listed below. To find more trails, visit the state's Greenways & Trails Guide .

 

Starkey Trail

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park offers 13 miles of hiking trails through flatwood scrub, sand pines, long leaf pines, prairie grass, sand-hill and wetlands. A 6.5-mile paved trail for biking, hiking and roller-blading connects to the 42-mile Suncoast Parkway Trail. 727-834-3247

 

Suncoast Trail

Among the 42-mile trail's highlights is the segment adjacent to Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. This section crosses various rivers and creeks, including the Anclote and Pithlachascotee, and provides views of beautiful natural communities. Parking available off SR 52 or SR 54. 813-558-1117.

 

Withlacoochee State Trail

At 46 miles in length, the Withlacoochee Trail is the longest paved rail trail in Florida. The trail corridor runs through small towns, ranches, and natural areas as it makes its way from Trilby north to Citrus County. Entrance to the trail is at Owensboro Park, on the east side of US 301 in Trilby. 352-726-2251.

 

Green Swamp West Trails

With more than 60 miles of marked trails, including a 1.5-mile side traiil that connects to Withlacoochee River Park, the 37,000 acres of Green Swamp West offers some of the best remote wilderness exploration in the area. Accessible off River Road in Dade City. Also offers backcountry camping sites and equestrian trails.

 

Conner Preserve

Nearly 3,000 acres in central Pasco County, the Conner Preserve is accessible off S.R. 52 in Land O' Lakes, about 3.5 miles east of U.S. 41. The site has 16 miles of hiking-only trails, 12.5 miles of unpaved cycling trails, plus 5.2 miles of marked equestrian trails.

 

Serenova Tract

Just east of New Port Richey, the 6,500-acre Serenova Tract is part of the Starkey Wilderness Preserve and is accessible off S.R. 52 just west of the Suncoast Parkway. 18 miles of multi-use trails, plus primitive campsites.

Parks and Beaches

Pasco County boasts more than 30 parks, beaches and preserves scattered throughout our 740 square miles, many with great hiking, biking and canoeing trails. Kick back, relax and explore nature at its finest! Click on any park name for more amenities or a map.

Anclote Gulf Park

2305 Bailies Bluff Road, Holiday.
727-942-4030
Canoe Access, Boardwalk, Fishing Pier, Picnic Area, Playground and Dog Park.

Anclote River Park

1119 Bailies Bluff Rd, Holiday
727-938-2598
Boat Ramp, Fishing Access, Historical Marker, Picnic Area & Shelters, Playground, Swimming, Beach

Beacon Square Park

3350 Moog Rd, Holiday
813-929-2760
Basketball, Open Space

John S. Burks Memorial Park

13220 Gene Nelson Blvd, Dade City
352-521-4252
Football, Softball, Volleyball, Playground, Picnic Shelter

Crews Lake Wilderness Park

16739 Crews Lake Dr., Shady Hills
727-861-3038
Bike Tail, Nature Trails, Boardwalk, Canoe Access,Fishing Pier, Tent Camping, Volleyball, Stage

Darby Park

13930 Bellamy Brothers Blvd., Darby
Basketball, Picnic Area, Historical Marker

Eagle Point Park

4499 Strauber Memorial Highway
New Port Richey
Canoe/Kayak Access, Fishing Pier/Dock, Trails, Open Space, Playground, Picnic Shelters

Arthur Engle Memorial Park

11611 Denton Ave., Hudson
727-861-3030
Baseball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Picnic Area, Playground

Frances Avenue Park

5580 Frances Ave
New Port Richey
727-841-4560
Canoe Launch, Playground, Picnic Area, Basketball

J. Ben Harrill Recreation Center (Holiday Recreation Complex )

2830 Strauber Memorial Hwy, Holiday
727-942-7439
Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Football, Soccer, Racquetball, Volleyball, Community Center, Picnic Area, Playground

James E. Grey Nature Preserve

6938 Plathe Road, New Port Richey
727-841-4563
Canoe Launch, Nature Trails, Boardwalk, Viewing Tower, Fishing Pier, Picnic Shelters

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

10500 Wilderness Park Rd.
New Port Richey
(727) 834-3247
Nature Trails, Equestrian Trails, Tent and Cabin Camping, Nature Center, Picnic Areas & Shelters

Key Vista Nature Park

2700 Baillies Bluff Road, Holiday
727-938-2598
Boardwalk, Trail, Fishing

Krusen Park

Alfton & Krusen Field Rd, Zephyrhills
813-780-0000
Basketball, Football, Softball, Baseball, Skate Area

Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex

3032 Collier Pkwy, Land O' Lakes
813-929-1220
Basketball, Baseball, Football, Softball, Volleyball, Gymnasium, Dog Park

Middle Lake Park

18620 Townsend House Road, Blanton
352-521-4182
Boat Ramp, Canoe Access, Fishing Access
(due to low water levels, boat and canoe access not currently available.)

Jack Mitchell Jr. Park

4825 Little Road, New Port Richey
727-376-8732
Football, Softball, Basketball, Playground, Picnic Area & Shelter

Moon Lake Park

8985 Lake Dr, New Port Richey
727-856-1793
Boat Ramp, Canoe Access, Fishing Access, Picnic Area & Shelters, Playground, Swimming

New Port Richey Aquatic Center

6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey
727-841-4560
Lap Pool, Kiddie Pool, Dive Pool & Water Slide. Dance Studio, Game Room, Fitness Center, Skate Park and Tennis Courts

Oakridge Park

2141 Seven Springs Blvd, New Port Richey
812-929-2760
Softball, Playground, Picnic Tables

Odessa Community Center

1627 Chesapeake Dr, Odessa
(813) 926-1141
Tennis, Softball, Basketball, Community Center, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Boardwalk

Pinehill Park

6220 Pinehill Road, Port Richey
(727) 834-3242
Baseball, Softball, Batting Cages, Picnic Shelter

Robert K. Rees Memorial Park

4835 Green Key Rd, New Port Richey
727-834-3252
Canoe Access, Boardwalk, Fishing, Historical Marker, Picnic Area & Shelter, Playground, Swimming, Beach

Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park

6345 Clark Street, Hudson
727-861-3010
Boardwalk, Boat Ramp, Fishing, Picnic Shelters, Playground, Swimming, Beach

Sam W. Pasco Recreational Complex

39835 Chancey Rd, Zephyrhills, FL
813-788-6900
Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Football, Picnic Area & Shelter

San Antonio Athletic Complex

12750 Oak St, San Antonio
352-521-4182
Baseball, Fitness Trail, Playground, Picnic Area & Shelters

Shady Hills Park

15840 Greenlen Lane, Shady Hills
727-856-7831
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Softball, Volleyball, Playground, Picnic Area & Shelters, Covered Stage

Sims Park

Grand Boulevard & Bank Street
Downtown New Port Richey
727-841-4560
Riverfront park with Playground, Picnic Areas & Stage

Stanely Park

38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd, Lacoochee
(352) 583-2507
Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Football, Picnic Shelter, Fitness Trail

Trilby Park

37045 Polite Ave, Trilby
Softball, Basketball, Playground, Picnic Area and Shelter

Trinity Neighborhood Park

2425 Welbilt Blvd., New Port Richey
Open space, Picnic Tables & Grill

Turtle Lake Park

1011 Edgewater Court, Land O' Lakes
813-929-1260
Basketball, Tennis, Fishing Access and Picnic Area

Veterans Memorial Park

14333 Hicks Rd., Hudson
(727) 861-3033
Basketball, Football, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Fitness Trail, Pool, Playground, Picnic Area & Shelter

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

9120 Old Post Road, off Scenic Drive, Port Richey
727-816-1890
Nature trails & Picnic Shelter. Plans include a Canoe Launch, more Trails and Campsites.

Wesley Chapel District Park

7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel
(813) 907-9081
Multipurpose Fields, Baseball/Softball fields, Basketball, Tennis, Playground, Picnic Area & Shelter, Open Space

Withlacoochee River Park

12449 Withlacoochee Blvd, Dade City
352-567-0264
Canoe Access, Tent & RV Camping, Hiking, Nature Trails, 40-foot Tower, Picnic Area & Shelters, Fishing Pier, Playground and Bike Trail

Zephyr Park

38116 5th Ave., Zephyrhills
813-780-0050
Lighted Tennis Courts, Playground, Fishing, Picnic Pavilions, Lakeside Fitness Path, Water Play area for kids

Bird Watching at its Best

With a wide range of natural habitats - from salt marsh and mangrove to oak scrub and flatwoods - Pasco County is home to more than 325 species of birds. Pasco is home to 10 stops along the Great Florida Birding Trail, created by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, are right here in Pasco County! Check them out below. Click here for a glimpse of Pasco's famous Anclote River eagles.

West Pasco Audubon Society

Great Florida Birding Trail

Fledgling Festival Takes Flight on the Nature Coast!

Make your plans to celebrate the rush of migrating wings north along the Atlantic Flyway over inland Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando counties during the inaugural Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival March 22-24. The weekend will feature a photography contest as well as a variety of programs, activities and walks at several preserves in the tri-county area, including the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites Crews Lake Park, Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park on the Pithlachascotee River, and the Withlacoochee State Forest. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Chinsegut Conservation Center will host exhibits, demonstrators, vendors and many educational opportunities. American kestrels, Eastern bluebirds, limpkins, sandhill cranes, swallow-tailed kites and migrating warblers are among the birds you may encounter during festival outings. Nearly 150 bird species have been identified at Starkey Wilderness Park alone. LeConte's and Henslow's sparrows are possible as well as bobolinks are favorites around the dry lake bed at Crews Lake Park.

 

Anclote Gulf Park - An extensive fishing pier provides great access to the mudflats and open water to view wintering ducks and feeding shore birds. Expect flyovers from terns and gulls. In winter, watch for loons and horned grebes. Gray kingbirds are possible in summer.

 

Anclote River Park - A small park with a gorgeous waterfront worth checking for egrets and black-bellied plovers on flats and in the shallows of the Anclote River. Osprey nest nearby, as have great horned owls.

 

Crews Lake Wilderness Park - A high tower overlooks Crews Lake, where wintering waterfowl like sandpipers, ring-necked ducks and dunlin loaf are known to forage. Sedge wrens call from grassy margins and migratory songbirds like bobolinks exploit the edges between the wetland and oak hammock. According to the Great Florida Birding Trail, a "must see."

  Green Swamp West - This 37,000-acre property safeguards the Green Swamp, which gives rise to the Withlacoochee River, while providing excellent access to upland pasture, sandhills, cypress domes, riverfront and "wildcat swamp.'' A bike makes the size of this site more manageable.
  James E. Grey Preserve - This 100-acre park includes a canoe launch and trail along the Cotee River with easy views of an eagle's nest. Look for yellow-crowned night herons and limpkins by the water; migrants like cedar waxwings in the canopy.
  Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park - Behind the nature center, take the boardwalk out across the floodplain forest to the Cotee River. The best birding by far is along the paved bike trail. In nice weather, there are bird walks the first Saturday of each month. Loaner optics are available at the nature center.
  Key Vista Nature Park - This small nature park provides hiking trails through sand pine uplands, a viewing tower of mud flats where shorebirds feed at low tide, as well as a sandy beach on the south side good for spotting terns and skimmers.
  Robert K. Rees Park / Green Key - This peninsular park is a birding gem, with clapper rails, reddish egrets and roseate spoonbills year-round, plus wintering shorebirds, marsh and sedge wrens and breeding gray kingbirds.
  Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park - This vast park stretches nearly 3,500 acres along the Gulf of Mexico. A one-mile scrub trail is currently open and a boardwalk is planned. Monthly bird walks are available. Call (727) 816-1890.
  Withlacoochee River Park - This park features an observation tower overlooking sandhill bluffs, as well as a small wet prairie and seasonal wetlands. A great place for family birding, with picnic shelters, trails, restrooms and a canoe launch.

Fishing, Boating, Kayaking & Diving

With 20 miles of shoreline and numerous lakes and rivers, fishing, boating and diving are all popular in Pasco Count . Check out Don Dziedzina of Illinois Outdoors Inc. , and his redfish trip off our coast.

The area is home to many fresh and saltwater species of fish including largemouth bass, catfish, Spanish mackerel, snook, tarpon, cobia, trout, redfish, grouper. Pasco's coast offers some of the best diving in Florida, from 10 to 35 miles offshore, at depths of 20 to 90 feet. Check out one of the many boat captains, dive shops, charter boat companies or boat rentals below.

 

Market Off Main
Serving Boaters on the Cotee
6241 Lincoln Street
New Port Richey, FL. 34652
Local: 727-849-4940
Boat Dock and Kayak Launch Facilities

  Absolute Florida Flats Fishing
Captain Rich Knox
6433 Sunhigh Drive
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
Local: 727-376-8809
Toll Free: 1-800-890-9373
 

Anclote Adventure Boat Rentals
Pontoon Boat Rentals
New Port Richey
727-505-3274

  Anclote Village Marina
Boat rentals/fishing charters
1029 Baillies Bluff Rd, Holiday
727-937-9737
 

Angling Adventures
Fishing Charters
Port Richey
888-557-1885

 

Aquatic Adventure
Dive Shop, Diving, & Fishing Charters
5858 Gall Blvd Zephyrhills
813-788-6476

 

Barefoot Bandit Fishing Charters
Captain Randy Schoneman
Flats and Nearshore Fishing
Hudson Beach
727-514-4642 or 727-863-6718

 

Big Fish Adventures
Fishing Charters
Hudson Beach
727-505-4059

 

Bounty Hunter Sport Fishing
Fishing Charters
New Port Richey
800-833-0489

 

EverLastus Fishing
Captain Warren Deets
727-403-2700

 

Chase N' Tails Fishing Charters
Capt. Josh Fritz
Full Time Inshore and Nearshore Guide
16655 Crossandra lane, Hudson Fl, 34610
352-345-9304

 

Island Paradise Charters
Captain Bob Hubbard
Ramada Bayside Marina
5015 US 19 New Port Richey, Fl. 34652
877-774-0589

  Florida Backwater Charters
Captain Curt Romanowski
Specialty: Tarpon, Redfish, Snook and Trout
(727) 919-1221
  Hudson Beach Marina
6625 Clark Street, Hudson
(727) 863-9093
 

Gill Dawg Marina
Kayak, SUP and boat rentals
5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey
(Near Hooters)
813-918-0360 or 813-918-5884

  MiJoy Adventures
Charter Fishing
Port Richey
727-842-7605 or 727-243-6316
  Miss Daisy Boat Tours
Boat tours of the Cotee River and Gulf.
Docked at the Crab Shack Restaraunt
5430 Baylea Avenue, Port Richey
727-819-1754
 

Miss Virginia Deep Sea Fishing
Fishing Charters
Port Richey
727-862-5516

  Port Hudson Marina
Boat Rentals
14333 Crabtrap Ct, Hudson
727-869-1840
 

Rum Runner Fishing Charters
Fishing Charters
New Port Richey
727-862-3474

  Scuba West
Dive Shops & Diving
6815 Tower Drive
Hudson, FL 34667
727-863-6911 or 800-475-6911
 

Shallow Water Adventures
Flats fishing, shallow water fishing, and inshore.
Wesley Chapel
(813) 363-2921

  Skeleton Key Marina
6300 Clark St., Hudson
(727) 868-3411
 

Sunset Landing Marina
Full Service Marina
5115 Sunset Boulevard Port Richey
727-849-5092

 

Wind & Water Sports
4154 Hwy 19, New Port Richey
727-736-8663

 

Windsong Sailing Charters
Half Day, Full Day & Sunset Sailing Charters, Kayak Rentals and much more!
4927 Hwy 19, New Port Richey
727-859-0213

 

 


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