Everyone knows that Weeki Wachee is no stranger to natural wonders, and at GlenLakes, you get to enjoy all the beauty Weeki Wachee has to offer right in your own backyard. Our area’s 11,206-acre preserve is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring this nature lover’s paradise. The preserve is of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s many protected lands and one of Hernando County’s prime recreation spots. It lies just south of the Weeki Wachee River. With so much to do and see, GlenLakes residents especially enjoy these outdoor activities now that the weather is starting to cool.

Once mined for lime rock, the preserve’s lakes are 45 to 60-foot-deep rock quarries filled with freshwater from the Upper Floridian Aquifer. The lakes are the main attraction at the preserve and a sight to be admired. Although the stunning beauty of these lakes is pretty to look at, what they’re really made for is protection. These lakes protect the locals of Weeki Wachee from flooding and tropical storms. The great thing about living in a natural habitat is that the Earth is crafted to lend a helping hand when we need it, and these lakes do just that and more.

The preserve lakes are a protective goldmine, but now that you’ve been educated, it’s time to have some fun! The lakes are open to the public for natural recreation at its finest. Get out your canoes, kayaks and rowboats and take on the freshwater for some sporting fun. Licensed fishing is also permitted, so if you love to reel in the big ones, find a spot on the water and take in the views while you relish in one of your favorite hobbies. Unfortunately, swimming is not permitted. So, no cannon balls in these waters.

The preserve is a beloved spot for hikers and cyclists to test their skills on its rocky to terrain as well. The trails are marked and expect to see wildlife along the way. They’re nature trails so enjoy the company and take in the views along the way. If you’re quiet enough you might even see deer creeping out of the brush, racing across the open terrain. Lucky you!

The Weeki Wachee preserve is open daily from sunrise to sunset, so you can use the natural habitat however you desire. The preserve is a go-to spot for GlenLakes residents and a great place for locals to stay fit, or simply relax among the scenic views. At GlenLakes we encourage a love for natural living and with nature all around in Weeki Wachee, you’ll discover the natural curiosity within you. To become a GlenLakes resident or simply explore the neighborhood, click here for more.