At Sugarmill Woods you can live the natural life—encircled by the exciting entertainment for which Florida is famous. Sugarmill Woods’ central location on Florida’s West Coast puts you in touch with major cities, entertainment attractions, and, of course, the beautiful natural environment. Just 63 miles away in Tampa is Busch Gardens. Disney World and Sea World await you 83 miles away near Orlando. The Homosassa River and Homosassa Springs State Park are 6 miles away; the Gulf of Mexico, 12 miles; Crystal River, 12 miles; and the Withlacoochee River, 15 miles. Sugarmill Woods lies between the huge Withlacoochee State Forest and the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.
Florida has become the capital of the boating world. On the Homosassa, Crystal, Chassahowitzka or Withlacoochee Rivers, this sport offers an exciting experience and will delight the boater with miles of unspoiled shoreline. You can enjoy a canoe-camping expedition within the county, or pilot a well equipped power boat throughout the Intracoastal Waterway from Anclote Key, Tarpon Springs, south to Fort Myers or Naples.
The Homosassa and Crystal Rivers are a constant source of pleasure and surprise even for the sophisticated angler. In these waters, both of which originate as giant underground springs, fresh and salt water species intermingle. Speckled trout and redfish are plentiful—trout during the warm months and reds as the weather begins to cool. These waters yield snook, bass, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and various varieties of pan fish. Shallow flats welcome tarpon and cobia in the late spring.
Fishermen who prefer the deeper waters of the Gulf find king mackerel runs common. While they average 8-10 pounds, catches of 20 pound kings are not unusual.
Lake Rousseau and the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes produce some of the finest bass fishing in the world.
Paddlers will enjoy unmarred vistas of salt marsh, tree islands, and winding tidal creeks. Small coastal trail towns with rich histories add a cultural flavor. In winter, manatees abound in King's Bay and love to gather at Three Sisters Springs. River trails in the region include the Steinhatchee, Withlacoochee South, Homosassa, Chassahowitzka, Barge Canal, Weeki Wachi and Pithlachascotee.
Not only do the close by waters of Sugarmill Woods provide sightseeing paddling if you combine the action of fishing with the pleasure of paddling, you get kayak fishing, one of the Nature Coast’s most memorable aquatic activities. Kayak fishing allows you to paddle into grassy flats and shallow coastal areas that hold reds, trout, and snook.
In order to preserve the environment, golf courses have been carefully planned in Sugarmill Woods. Golf in Sugarmill offers 45 challenging holes with elevated greens, winding terrain, beautiful pines and oak trees all in one gorgeous setting. There are two clubhouses that have restaurants and lounges with great food. Both have pro-shops and driving ranges for practice.
Sugarmill Woods Country Club’s golf course boasts 27 challenging golf holes, designed by Ron Garl. The Club has a pro shop, driving range and putting green, with golf professionals for group or private lessons.
Southern Woods Golf Club has 18 holes of golf designed by Hale Irwin and has a pro shop, professional lessons, driving range, and putting green available for members use. You will find Fine dining and Casual Dining available.
If your game is tennis, the Oak Village Bath & Tennis Club complex offers 8 Championship Courts, 4 Hartru Courts and 4 Hard Courts. A tennis instructor is on staff and a pro shop is available as well.
The Oak Village Bath & Tennis Club also offers a fitness facility and a junior Olympic size pool with 6 lap lanes.
Very popular activities found throughout Citrus County are bicycling and hiking. There are literally hundreds of miles of bicycle/hiking trails across the county.
Just 30 minutes from Sugarmill Woods is the famous Withlacoochee State Trail. It is a wide, asphalt-paved trail, 46 miles long that follows much of the course of the Withlacoochee River. The trail is built on the former right-of-way of an abandoned railroad track and spans several counties as it traverses mile after mile of natural lands and riverbanks. Ideal for bicycle touring, the trail also attracts walkers and roller blade enthusiasts.
As a hiker, you will enjoy a wide range of choices in Citrus County. You can hike through sand hills, scrub, hardwood hammock, hydric swamp, prairie, and marsh. Many trails go through several or all of these land types.
The warm, spring-fed waters around Homosassa very close to Sugarmill Woods are an extremely popular refuge for the endangered West Indian manatee. The springs and rivers allow the manatees to escape winter’s cold and serve as a place where many manatees come to mate, give birth and nurse their young. In winter months, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is home to literally hundreds of manatees.
Even closer to Sugarmill Woods is the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park's underwater observatory in the main spring. The park showcases native Florida wildlife including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. There are Manatee programs three times daily. The Wildlife Encounter programs feature, snakes, and other native animals. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and bird watching. The park features a children's education center, providing hands-on experiences about Florida's natural environment.