Bird Watching & Wildlife Viewing

Chinsegut Hill Retreat is ground zero for bird watching on Florida’s Nature Coast. Trails on the 115-acre property and the nearby Ahhochee Hill Sanctuary are home to some of the most diverse bird and wildlife species in the Hernando County region.

Great-Horned-Owl-perchedBird-watching and wildlife enthusiasts flock to Chinsegut Hill and other areas in Hernando County, which has two segments in the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. The habitats for year-round and migratory fowl and wildlife in this region of Florida’s Nature Coast are exceptional. Bird watchers marvel at the inventory, which is a primary site for the Hernando Audubon Society’s annual bird count.

Learn more about native birds and wildlife at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, which is the centerpiece of the 850-acre Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area, offering birding and wildlife-themed events. It is adjacent to the grounds at Chinsegut Hill Retreat, and within a short walk of the historic Chinsegut Hill Manor House, cottages and meeting rooms. Visitors may register for nature walks and attend regularly scheduled educational programs, which are managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Bird-watching and wildlife-viewing are always atop the things-to-do list in Hernando County. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, at one of the highest elevations in the state, is the perfect perch for your bird-watching adventures to take flight.


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