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Suncoast Scenic Parkway

Linking established and emerging areas of development in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando Counties, the four-lane, limited-access Suncoast Parkway has maintained its distinctive aesthetic design, which was developed to ensure a memorable and consistent overall scenic image. The design of the Suncoast Corridor, which includes the Suncoast Parkway and Suncoast Trail, is based on guidelines that help to ensure its harmony with the surrounding environment and a visually pleasing experience for the traveler, recreationist, and nature seeker.

The 42-mile Suncoast Corridor provides a safe, convenient, and enjoyable opportunity for travel and outdoor fitness for West Central Florida, while helping to meet Florida’s transportation needs as a fully leveraged and financially sound transportation asset. Designated as a National Recreation Trail, Millennium Trail, and an important component of Florida’s System of Greenways and Trails, the Suncoast Trail enables non-motorized travel through a linear greenway of preserved native vegetation and topography while providing connections to an ever-increasing number of multi-use trails, recreation and nature parks, and other destinations. The Trail, which is located within the west side of the Suncoast Corridor, improves and enhances the quality of life for visitors and residents of West Central Florida.


Suncoast Scenic Parkway

From the North: I-75 South to exit #301(US 98N) towards Brooksville. Turn left onto SR-589-TOLL S ramp to Tampa, merge onto Suncoast Parkway. Travel south to Van Dyke Road in Hillsborough County.

From the South: I-75 North to exit #261(I-4W) in Tampa. Take exit onto I-275 S toward Tampa Airport. Travel on I-275 S to exit 39(SR-60W) toward Clearwater. Continue on SR-589-TOLL N. Start at Van Dyke Road in Hillsborough County, go north on Suncoast Parkway, and at US 98.

Suncoast Scenic Parkway

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Suncoast Scenic Parkway

Suncoast Parkway Tourism
World Woods Golf Club located on Hwy 98 at the northern end of the Suncoast Parkway in Hernando County. These public courses designed by Tom Fazio are among 16 golf courses nationwide to receive Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” Five-Star Rating and both Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks are rated among the top 100 golf courses in the United States by several national golf publications. Accommodations available nearby in Brooksville and Spring Hill www.worldwoods.com

Anderson Snow Park is adjacent to the Suncoast Parkway and links to the Suncoast Trail. Anderson Snow Park is a 50 acre park located on Anderson Snow Road and has become a major sports complex. Additional information call 352-754-4027 or visit http://www.co.hernando.fl.us/parks_rec/

Trailheads – US 98 & SR 50 – Gateways to the Suncoast Trail
The Historic town of Brooksville founded in 1856 is located approximately 5 miles east of the parkway offering a museum, art galleries, quaint restaurants, antique shops as well as specialty shops which include Roger’s Christmas Village, nestled in the rolling hills of Hernando County. Driving and walking tours available. 800-601-4580 or www.travelbrooksville.com

Wildlife viewing and outdoor adventures await you within a few miles from the northern exit of the parkway and include Janet Butterfield Brooks Nature Preserve, Withlacoochee State Forest, Chinsegut Nature Center, Annutteliga Hammock, Fickett Hammock Preserve and the 46 mile Withlacoochee State Trail. Additional information on these and other wildlife areas call 800-601-4580 or visit http://floridaadventuremaps.com/Hernando/AdventureMap/HernandoAdventureMap.cfm

Numerous festivals and events taking place throughout the year with easy access from the parkway include: Brooksville Raid Festival, a civil war reenactment which takes place annually in January; the Swamp Festival at Hernando Beach Park; PRCA Rodeo and a week long celebration of the founding of Brooksville. Call 800-601-4580 or visit www.go2hernando.com to find out about other festivals and events.

Weeki Wachee Springs/Buccaneer Bay is located on SR 50, approximately 5 miles west of the Suncoast Parkway, exit 46. This attraction showcases mermaids performing in an underwater theater, get back to nature and meet wildlife on the Wilderness River Cruise and take a refreshing dip in the cool, crystal clear water of Weeki Wachee’s Buccaneer, Florida’s only natural spring water park. www.weekiwachee.com

Veterans Memorial Park/Skate Board Park is located within a few miles from exit 37 of the parkway. This 21 acre park features a ½ mile walking trail , softball and soccer fields, picnic pavillins and a skate board park. For additional information call 352-754-4027 or visit http://www.co.hernando.fl.us/parks_rec/

Tourism in Pasco County
Crew Lakes Wilderness Park, located just west of the parkway between SR 52 and County Line Road/CR 578. Crews Lake offers a variety of nature-based activities, including a bike and walking path, a sinkhole nature area, botanical gardens, observation tower, and a 2.5-mile-long interpretive nature trail. This 113-acre regional wilderness park is open from dawn to dusk and offers a variety of water-based activities, including canoe access, a boat ramp and fishing pier.

J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park is located just a few miles from the parkway, approximately four miles north of SR 54. The Suncoast Trail is linked to the park via a 2.5-mile, 12-foot-wide trail. This 8,000-acre regional wilderness park offers visitors primitive camping opportunities, both tent and cabin; nature and interpretive trails; bike trails; equestrian trails and numerous picnic and playground areas.

Just off the parkway are numerous festivals and events taking place throughout the year. Whether its celebrating flapjacks (a.k.a. pancakes) at the Flapjack Festival in Land O’ Lakes or Native American heritage at Chasco Fiesta in New Port Richey, we’ve got a festival or event to suit your fancy.

Florida Estates Winery is located on SR 52, approximately four miles east of the parkway. Creating wines for “the Florida Style,” the winery invites you to visit the tasting room, browse through the wine selection, or just relax and enjoy their winery setting under a large shady canopy of oak trees on their 3,600 acre working plantation. (813-996-2113 or www.floridaestateswines.com)