Sugar Mill Woods
Sugarmill Woods is located in Homosassa, Fla., at the southern tip of Citrus County on the Gulf Coast. It is about70 miles north of Tampa, but there is plenty to do in this oasis.
Boating, swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, golfing, scuba diving and swimming with manatees are just some of the fun things to do in the area. The site of Sugar Mill Woods originally hosted cattle operations, and the design of the Sugar Mill Woods community was meant to incorporate the natural beauty of the area and preserve its ecology.
More than 4,000 housing units that made up this community of mostly retirees in 2005. Sugarmill Woods has terrific golf courses where you can improve your swing and get a little exercise. Sugar Mill Woods golf course was designed by golf great Hale Irwin.
Homosassa Wildlife Park is nearby. Here, you can see manatees from an underwater viewing station. Watch them as they dance for viewers. It might be hard to believe, but sailors used to think they were mermaids!
The park is a great destination for catching glimpses of Florida wildlife. Bobcats, deer, river otters, snakes, turtles, tortoises, and even a hippopotamus can be seen from the park's wooden paths.
Homosassa also hosts Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park. The mill was once a large sugar plantation and supplied sugar for troops from the South during the Civil War. In addition to giving folks a peek at the past, the ruins present another chance to see Florida wildlife. More than 155 types of plants and animals call the area around Sugar Mill home.
Just a hop, skip and a jump away Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge hosts over 250 species of birds, along with reptiles and endangered manatees. Nearby Crystal River has over 200 species of birds, including ibises, kites, eagles and hawks.
It's only natural to enjoy life in Sugarmill Woods.