Located in Inverness, Florida, Potts Preserve Trail is a well known hiking trail well known for its diverse birding opportunities, wetland hiking and Native American Midden mounds. Bordering the Withlacoochee River on it eastern half, Potts Preserve is also an important part of Florida’s aquifer recharge areas and supplies much of the states western half of underground water supply.
Several trailhead locations allows access to the over 30 miles of hiking and horse trails. Hooty Point Road trailhead is located off of the road by the same name on Invernesses CR 581 north. Further up 581 north is Dee River Road that leads to the upland river and freshwater marsh communities and ecosystems.
Fishing along the banks of the Withlacoochee River is a popular pastime among locals here and many onshore and by boat fishing opportunities are available. At the end of CR 581 is a public boat ramp that allows you to access Potts Preserves by boat. This is a popular area to start a kayak or canoe run from as well.
Campsites are available for equestrians, groups and hikers. A free reservation is required and can be found on the Official Potts Preserve Website. There are sites with picnic tables, campfire rings and grills, but no potable water source or toilets are available, so you definitely have to rough it here. Many campers hike, ride horses or canoe/kayak to backcountry campsites.
Bird watching here is one of the best in state. This is site number 57 on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Great herons, sand hill cranes and countless other waterfowl dominate the eastern half of the preserve, while in the western half of the preserve you can find the illusive, endangered and rare Florida scrub jay.
Bicycling in the western half of the preserve is very easy as several hard packed dirt roads provide miles of scenic backcountry peddling. The occasional horse hoof hole can make this part of the journey a little rough in some places, but for the most part it is a flat and easy bike ride. Several loop trails offer differing lengths of ride times.