The beauty of nature is all around us here in the Sunshine State, especially if you travel to the springs or the beach, but sometimes we may not notice how much of it is right outside our backdoor, like New Port Richey's Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.
Stunning hiking trails and camping may not be the first thing to come to mind when we think New Port Richey, but the nature trails at Jay B. Starkey just might change your mind. You'll find this 8,300-acre park tucked away in a quiet little corner of Pasco County.
This multi-purpose park is great for primitive camping as well just a casual stroll on 7.3 miles of paved trailhead, but it's the unpaved hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that wind through its lush landscape that take the cake - totaling over 23 miles of gorgeous nature trails.
The trails are covered in canopies of trees casting a soft shade over the path - the trails lined with lush and vibrant plant life; some of the trees even twist, turn, and sweep across the path, giving a fairytale forest vibe like no other.
Wandering the trails of the forest is bound to give you a run-in with wildlife - deer have been known to graze in the fields between trails or slowly walk through the forest with you from a distance.
Even the birding is spectacular; 177 species of bird have already been spotted between the hiking and birding trails - and of course, you will see plenty of butterflies, dragonflies, and other small critters too.
Like your own Snow White safari through the Florida wilderness, you'll soak up the sun and enjoy the best of Florida's natural beauty at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.
The bay area has no shortage of awesome things to do! Get some of the best sky-high views of the bay on a zipline course, or enjoy all the taters at the Tator Tot Throwdown.
JB Starkey Wilderness Park
Address: 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Why You Need To Go: Stunning nature trails with sweeping canopies of trees covering your path in shade. Take a walk on the wild side and observe wildlife while enjoying the beauty of Florida's natural landscape.
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