Hiking

Three of Trails.com’s top 20 most popular hiking and running trails in Florida are nearby Chinsegut Hill Retreat. But those three trails could be just the first steps on your journey to explore more trails in Hernando County, the heart of Florida’s Nature Coast.

The three cited as among Florida’s best trails are the Withlacoochee State Forest, the paved rail-trail Withlacoochee State Trail and the Chassahowitzka River Campground. Each of those trails gives hikers a front-row seat to some of the most fascinating and diverse wildlife habitats in west central Florida.

Whether you are hiking for fun or exercise, you have many options for trails in Hernando County. Ultra-runners, mud runners, nature walkers and bird-watchers can choose from short, medium or long trails. Some are paved and some are natural terrain. All are well-marked. Research the trails that suit your Florida Nature Coast adventure at Naturally Hernando.

But one of the best options for hikers, in small or large groups, is to take advantage of the facilities at Chinsegut Hill Retreat. You may want to combine a tour of the historic Manor House with a hike along the 8 miles of trails at the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area. Or you and your friends may want to rent a cottage at Chinsegut Hill Retreat to stay for a few days and trek to trails all over Hernando County and Citrus County. Hikers, runners and bird-watchers will find Chinsegut Hill Retreat a relaxed, natural setting where they will feel as at home at night as they do on the trails during the day.

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