Just 2 miles from Cedars Lake RV Park &
Campground is the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
Check it out and take the electric motor powered pontoon boat
to the zoo section where there are animals native to
Florida on display including manatees, cougar, black
bear, deer and one lonely hippo.
Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the
year from the park's underwater observatory in the main
spring. The park showcases native Florida wildlife,
including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed
deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and
river otters. Manatee programs are offered three times
daily. At the Wildlife Encounter programs, snakes and
other native animals are featured. Recreational
opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and
bird-watching. The park features a children's education
center, providing hands-on experiences about Florida's
environment. Transportation from the visitor center on
U.S. 19 to the West Entrance is available by tram or
boat. The park has two concessionaire-operated gift
shops and a concessionaire-operated café with a
selection of beverages and snacks. Plan 3 1/2 to 4 hours
to tour the park. Check the Ranger Programs for a list
of interactive events throughout the park each day.
Florida's Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has a
long name -- and an even longer list of Florida wildlife
in residence. Meet the many animals who call the park
home -- including one you might not expect -- in this
Springs FL Wildlife State Park
Springs FL Wildlife State Park - Part 2
Salt Marsh Trails
The trailhead for the Chasshowitzka Salt
Marsh Trails is on Mason Creek Road trail right
around the corner from Cedars Lake RV Park in
Old Homosassa. It includes three short trails, a
viewing tower, picnic pavilion and kayak launch.
Whether you are a bird enthusiast, a
photographer, or just want to take a short walk
on a beautiful trail, you should check it out.
Online Tour of the Chasshowitzka Salt Marsh Trails
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins
Historic State Park
This site was once part of a
thriving sugar plantation owned by David Levy
Yulee. Yulee was a member of the Territorial
Legislative Council, and served in the U.S.
House of Representatives and U.S. Senate after
Florida statehood. The park contains the
remnants of the once-thriving 5,100-acre sugar
plantation: a forty-foot limestone masonry
chimney, iron gears, and a cane press. The
steam-driven mill operated from 1851 to 1864 and
served as a supplier of sugar products for
southern troops during the Civil War.