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Welcome to Hernando County On
Florida's Nature Coast. . .

Scenic river banks brackish creeks and shallow bays, its individuality is surpassed only by its diversity. From cypress ponds and hardwood hammocks to rolling hills, through pastures and pine forests, this is Hernando County.

Known as the Northern Gateway to Tampa Bay, Hernando County is approximately 35 miles north of downtown Tampa. However in January of 2001 Tampa Bay will be a much closer commute with the completion of the Suncoast Parkway Project, a 42-mile toll road. Hernando County has experienced a tremendous growth rate in the past ten years, with a current population of 130,313 and a projection of 132,626 in the year 2000.

Comprised of several small communities, each offers its own ingredient of charm and character, creating an individual blend of Florida living. On the westside of Hernando County lie Aripeka, Bayport and Pine Island. These coastal communities bordering the Gulf of Mexico are rich in water recreation, fishing, swimming, boating and canoeing. While away from the traffic and beaten path is Weeki Wachee, a peaceful river respite. Inland the small town of Masaryktown still retains its European roots.

Hernando County's largest community is Spring Hill, having experienced extreme growth and prosperity since its creation by the Deltona Corporation in the 1960s. Not only has Spring Hill been a major contributor to Hernando County's population growth, but also to its cultural diversity, as evidenced by local theater, art shows, orchestra, and cuisine.

In northern Hernando County lies Lake Lindsey, one of its oldest existing communities. Ridge Manor and Ridge Manor West are located east of Brooksville along the edge of the Withlacoochee State Forest. While Istachatta and Nobleton embrace a beautiful wilderness waterway along the northern edge of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

The southern belle of Hernando County, Brooksville, is rich in history and charm. Victorian homes, old cobblestone and brick streets, antique shops and the melange of distinctive restaurants and eateries attract visitors and residents alike.It's the geographic diversity of Hernando County that appeals to the newcomer and locals. From its eastern woodlands and rivers to the coastal sunsets and marshes this is Florida from a more natural view. Visit the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce online