Natural springs, lakes, the Weeki Wachee River, the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of acres of nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna—and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. For nature loves, the coastal region is the perfect home, and GlenLakes literally “Borders on the Wild.” Here are 5 things to go wild about when living at GlenLakes.
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. Home to over 250 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and amphibians and at least 25 different species of mammals including the endangered West Indian Manatee. The preserve surrounds GlenLakes on three sides and trail heads are accessible from within this gated neighborhood.
Weeki Wachee Springs
12 miles from the Gulf of Mexico the Weeki Wachee River traverses to the springs. Every year thousands flock to this picturesque destination every year to catch a glimpse of the legendary mermaids of Weeki Wachee. For those who want to get out on the water, canoeing and kayaking are permitted. When the family visits, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is also home to Florida’s only spring fed waterpark, Buccaneer Bay.
Tour this beautiful park and enjoy all the wildlife surrounding you. A variety of Florida natives might cross your path: black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, alligators and river otters! Take the grandchildren to the education center and let their minds discover the hands on experience of Florida’s environment. If you really want to make an experience your family won’t forget, take the boat, dock at the visitor center and pack a picnic!
Spring is scalloping season in Crystal River. Take a cruise out on the Gulf of Mexico where the scenery is beautiful and the scallops are plentiful. Upon your return, take a swim with the manatees. On land, Crystal River is an archaeological site, it also houses Native American burial grounds. You can feel the emotion as you tour over the grounds where the ceremonies would take place.
Just north of GlenLakes, the tiny enclave of Cedar Key is a quaint, old-fashioned, Old Florida vacation spot – one that offers lovely beaches, productive fishing opportunities and lush natural preserves. It’s a place that’s short on traffic lights and long on relaxation. It’s easy to find a tasty clam chowder and a cold brew. The people smile and wave and the police drive spiffed-up golf carts. Sound like it might be your cup of sunshine.
Every day brings a new adventure and an appreciation for Florida’s beautiful natural scenery, and GlenLakes is in the heart of it all. Wake up each day enjoying your cup of coffee and take note of your natural neighbors. At GlenLakes, life truly borders on the wild. To explore our scenic location, please click here to view our interaction map.
The Nature Coast is known as a popular eco-vacation destination north of Tampa, extending to the Big Bend area of Florida. Eight counties in all, the area remains one of the more pristine parts of the State where Mother Nature’s bounty flourishes. With sunny skies and the ability to have a year-long active lifestyle, snowbirds finding their way to Florida are enjoying the great outdoors. There is a treasure trove of ways to enjoy the pristine setting for nature lovers; here is a sampling of how you can enjoy your days:
Toes In The Water
We are taking beaches, although this might seem like no-brainer choice, when you consider the breadth and variety of beaches that ring the state of Florida you’ll see that there are many wonderful beach options to choose from. With Pine Island only a short drive away from GlenLakes, you can feel like you are at the end of the world in less than 15 minutes.
Look to the Skies
The Nature Coast State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System. With so many species not regularly found anywhere else in North America, South Florida is a premier spot to watch your feathered friends. The combination of coastline and wetlands make for fertile bird habitat. Surrounded by the state-protected nature preserve, residents of GlenLakes enjoy trailhead access from within their local community, giving an entirely new perspective to taking an evening walk.
Scale it Down, or Not…
The Gulf is rich with fish of all types, and there are excellent fishing guides nearby to help you snag the big one. The area is world-famous for inshore and offshore fishing. Part of Florida’s Big Bend, you can catch the elusive redfish right at Cedar Key. Whether it is with a charter or just off shore, you are bound to enjoy the fishing, and catching, all around GlenLakes.
Florida’s beaches might get the glory, but its crystal clear spring-fed rivers are equally stunning. Canoe or kayak and take in the natural world from the unique vantage point of the water. Among the newer outdoor activities you can enjoy in Florida, paddle boarding let’s you lightly surf the waves in a tranquil, relaxed way. With GlenLakes adjacent to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, the Chassahowitzka River is mere moments away. The river is a marriage of springs and tidal influx from the Gulf of Mexico just 6 miles south of the headsprings. Approximately 3 miles in length makes an average trip on the Chass anywhere from 6 to 12 miles round-trip. However the combination of exploring the many side creeks and springs can lengthen or shorten your adventure.
Rolling Hills, Majestic Oaks – Hit the Course!
Playing a round at GlenLakes is also an eco adventure. 18 memorable holes wind through beautiful stands of oak and pine and the wildlife are definitely at home on the course. Be prepared to take a few pictures during your round, as you’ll be in awe of the natural surroundings. If you want to step outside of GlenLakes, you are in luck. With a wide range of course types to choose from, with dozens of public and private golf courses within a 20-mile radius.
When you live at GlenLakes, all of these easy-access activities are at your fingertips. For more information on homebuying in Hernando County click here.