Potts Preserve in northeast Citrus County is 9,300 acres of pristine Florida wilderness. Purchased by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to protect the area’s water and wetlands, the Preserve contains a variety of native ecosystems and wildlife, including the threatened Florida scrub-jay. This property is very important because of its diversity of habitat and its water resources, but it also offers many outdoor activities for the entire family. You can hike, camp, bike, boat, fish, and even bring your horses. The Florida National Scenic Trail runs through the property, and the preserve is a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Located east of Inverness, Potts Preserve is easily accessible for day use as well as overnight camping. Admission and parking are free, too, making it a low-cost nature adventure with something for everyone. Hiking trails are abundant, with more than 30 miles of trails throughout the Preserve. They range from short, easy hikes to longer, more adventurous treks for those who really want to explore. Two popular trails start from the edge of River Camp. These are some of the most beautiful trails on the Preserve. They’re an easy walk, and you can choose from the 4-mile river trail or a more challenging 16-mile loop trail. The Preserve also has four camping areas. River Camp, which is a primitive campground, can be reached by car, from the river or by a short hike from the North Hooty Point parking area. The Equestrian and Oak Hammock Group Camps have drive-in access from Dee River Road. And there is one backcountry campsite in the northeastern end of the property. There is no potable water at any site. All campsites are free, but require reservations, available online, by fax or mail. The Preserve is maintained by District Land Management Specialists, and during your visit you may see them working on habitat restoration or conducting prescribed burning. Their focus is maintaining the natural state of the land. District recreation lands are a great place for people to experience Florida’s natural beauty, but it’ s important for people to recognize that protection and preservation of these lands are also their responsibility. We want them to get outside and enjoy the lands, leave nothing behind, and take only photos and memories. That would be the ideal partnership for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Potts Preserve beautiful… natural… easy… and fun. A great place for outdoor adventures with friends and family. Be sure to visit watermatters.org/recreation for full site-use guidelines, reservation information, or to order a Recreation Guide. Or call 1-800-423-1476 for more information. Come on! Get Outside!