The city of Inverness, Florida, seat of Citrus County, is becoming a rather cosmopolitan place. The friendly downtown is full of unique little shops and great restaurants as well as more casual eateries and cozy nightspots. The majestic old courthouse now serving as a local history museum, presides over numerous festivals and art shows throughout the year. Surrounding Inverness, there are gorgeous parks and athletic fields and many pleasant neighborhoods as well as several elegant ones.
Inverness is home to the Lakes Region. Along the eastern side of the county are the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes. Directly across US Highway 41 from downtown Inverness, Florida we have some of the most scenic and fishy lakes in the State. Old moss-draped cypresses and oaks line shorelines and lend the serenity of their reflections to the water that fronts homes of all descriptions.
The metropolitan area of Inverness, Florida includes a top-rated hospital with a state of the art cardiac unit, an excellent school system with primary, middle and high schools, a technical institute and within a few miles the College of Central Florida.
There are hiking and biking trails and several lakefront parks, some with boat ramps. Several golf and country clubs are also found in this area.
The Withlacoochee State Trail offers a 46-mile section of railroad track that has been paved for use by visitors on bicycles or foot. The even topography and natural surroundings make it particularly well-liked among cyclists.
If you are a fishing enthusiast, Inverness, Florida offers you access to 22 miles of interconnected lakes. This is the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes, where regardless of your choice of tackle, be it bait casting, spinning or the flyrod, you are almost guaranteed some action. One can expect anything from largemouth bass, several species of bream, chain pickerel and speckled perch. To make it an even better bet, stop by one of the bait and tackle shops and ask what is biting and on what. They’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
And of course, little more than a skip and a jump away, you have the Gulf of Mexico. The saltwater species that an angler can encounter here are numerous and depending on the time of year and where one fishes they can range from tarpon and cobia, to sea trout, redfish, grouper and snapper to name just a few.
If you are interested in the mild climate and prevalent sunshine as well as all the adventures and amenities that our state has to offer, give Inverness, Florida a good long look. You won’t be disappointed.
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