Located on the west coast of the Florida panhandle in Citrus County, Inverness is the preferred destination for many outdoor enthusiasts during every season for a variety of outdoor activities and adventures. From its majestic lakes that resemble lochs from its namesake Scottish town-Inverness-to its quaint antique shops and old downtown courthouse square, it’s hard to choose a top three from all of the available outdoor activities. Here are my ideas for the top three outdoor activities in Inverness, Florida.
Courthouse Square The old downtown has plenty of fun outdoor window shopping, outdoor eateries and the surrounding courthouse. Built in 1912, this recently restored courthouse boasts a copper topped dome complete with four clocks facing each direction of the compass. Inside is a museum of the local history complete with artifacts, several dioramas and of course Elvis. The courthouse was actually used in an Elvis Presley movie called “Follow That Dream”! Check out more at the Citrus County Historical Society.
FortCooperState Park In 1836, the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers built a fort here during the Second Seminole War. While the remains of the little more than wooden stockade are long ago lost to history, a small replica has been built on the original site. The spring fed Lake Holathlikaha has canoe and paddle boat rental available as well as swimming opportunities when water levels are high enough. Throw in a couple miles of hiking trails interconnect to the Withlacoochee State Trail and your set for an all day outdoor adventure paradise!
DamesCaves On the top of every Inverness, Florida’s visitor list is a trip to the local Dames cave systems. This self guided tour is a great way to explore some of the most diverse and wild ecosystems left in Florida. Considered one of the oldest sources of limestone Karst formations in the United States, its natural beauty can be explored with a short drive out of town, followed by a short hike. Several easy to access caves offer a variety of spelunking fun. Check out more about Dames Caves Here. Don’t forget your flashlight