Citrus County Communities

It’s not surprising that Citrus County’s activities revolve around outdoor activities.  We are a part of the Nature Coast after all. Learn about Citrus Counties Communities.

Crystal River


Crystal River, Florida is the Gem of the Nature Coast! This friendly and energetic city is the outdoor paradise that has an Old Florida feel. It has not been overrun with the development you see in much of Florida.

Crystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast. The City is situated around the magnificent Kings Bay, which is spring-fed so keeps a constant 72 degrees year-round, it is the second-largest natural aquifer in Florida, after the Everglades. Kings Bay is home to over 600 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions.



In 1851, David Levy Yulee established a 5,000-acre sugar plantation on the Homosassa River, close to the current town of Homosassa. From that sprang an old fishing village on the Homosassa River. This quaint little riverside village offers many fine restaurants that serve a variety of fresh seafood, Cajun gumbo, Cuban cuisine, and Smokehouse meats. Visitors enjoy the fine offerings of local artists’ wares, including beautiful hand made pottery, creative art in metal, glass, jewelry and original decor.

For the golfer, Homosassa offers Sugarmill Woods. This community has gently rolling hills and an abundance of trees. It featuring a relaxed mix of traditional golf course homes, world-class amenities and a deep sense of appreciation of nature and habitat which surrounds your home.

East of Hwy 19 offers a “Live Free” lifestyle with a mixture of homes and mobiles on acreage.



Inverness was established in 1889 and its original name was Tompkinsville. Inverness got its name from Scotsman who gazed upon the blue waters of the Native American-named Lake Tsala Apopka and thought, “but it looks like Inverness, between the headlands and the lochs in Scotland. And the beautiful place deserves the name of Inverness.” Inver is a Gaelic word meaning “mouth of the river”.

Through the years, Inverness has become a haven for those seeking a simpler lifestyle, a friendly community to enjoy their retirement or a safe home to raise their family. Many may be found enjoying the beautiful waterfront parks, jet skiing on the lakes, or fishing from the pier at Wallace Brooks Park. If bicycling is what you like, you can ride for miles on the scenic Withlacoochee State Trail that connects many of our parks, business district, and other hamlets along the way.



The Dunnellon area offers a variety of eco-tourism opportunities for visitors of any age to explore. Both water sports, and numerous trails, and local history abound in Dunnellon for you to enjoy.

The small-town atmosphere in Dunnellon makes for a restful break from the stress and strain of everyday pressures. You can feel comfortable and safe strolling around our nationally registered Historic District, through shops that sell a wide variety of gifts and antiques, as well as our other business districts.

Dunnellon is home to the crystal clear freshwater head-springs to the Rainbow River. Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years.





Citrus Springs


Citrus Springs is a large community as far as acreage that is slowly being developed. There are 35,000 lots with about 32,000 set aside for residential use and developed lots are served by a central water system. The current population is currently around 7,000. Once fully developed it is estimated that nearly 100,000 could live here, but that is far off in the future.

Citrus Springs boasts some of the best schools in the area.

Among its amenities, Citrus Springs has a Memorial Library, an 18-hole golf course – Citrus Springs Golf & Country Club, public tennis courts, baseball field, parks, playgrounds, a two million dollar county-owned Community Center, numerous clubs and activities, and the Withlacoochee State Trail – start of 46-mile paved trail for walking, jogging and biking.

Floral City


Floral City is what Florida natives lovingly call Old Florida. The majestic moss-draped tree-canopied the Avenue of the Oaks giving the town a laid back charm. Historic homes are featured through the center of town. Floral city is noted for its gardens, wrought iron fences, and blooming azaleas. It gives you a sense of a Norman Rockwell painting and old Americana.

Mixed in with the old are new additions to the community in a museum that captures the rich history that is Floral City. In the early 1900’s it was actually larger than Miami due to phosphate mining. Right next door is a modern library.

There is plenty to do from enjoying the many lakes, rivers, and hiking/biking trails. The downtown features restaurants, produce stand, shops, and galleries that beg to be explored.

Floral City is home to the Floral City Strawberry Festival held each March.






Lecanto sits in the heart of Citrus county.  In the north, it is home to one of the most famous golfing communities in the state of Florida, Black Diamond Ranch.

Tom Fazio designed some of the most dramatic and challenging golf holes anywhere.  Black Diamond features outstanding 45 holes of golf, including the 18-hole Quarry and Ranch Courses and the 9-hole Highlands Course.  This exclusive community is a must for any golf enthusiast.

Further south Lecanto is more rustic.  It sits beside the 157,479 acre Withlacoochee State Forest.  It is used frequently by both hikers and horseback riders. This is the perfect setting for an outdoors-man that wants to get away from it all.



Hernando is an idyllic, residential community of rolling hills, panoramic vistas, and lush manicured neighborhoods. Hernando has a mixture of families and retirees, with the Villages of Citrus Hills being primarily an active lifestyle retirement community.

Hernando consists of several separate developments including, Hampton Hills, Fairview Estates, Heritage, Presidential Estates, River Lakes, Cornish Estates, Clearview Estates, Quail Run, Canterbury, Arbor Lakes, Crystal Hill Mini Farms, Arrowhead, Forest Lake, Apache Shores, as well as the newer Brentwood and Terra Vista.  If you are looking for ALL the amenities, you’ve found it.  It has Golf, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Fitness Center and Private Dinning that is the best in the area.