Florida’s salt springs bubble up from a trapped layer of seawater deep within the earth. At Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, the spring itself is very deceiving: although small, it’s 320 feet deep.
Location: New Port Richey
Fees: $3 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Paddlers and boaters can access nearly four miles of untrammeled Gulf of Mexico shoreline, or paddle any of three trails, including along scenic Salt Springs Run.
Three trailheads provide access to the preserve. The original, the Scenic Drive Trailhead, is home to the Scenic Drive Loop Trail, a nature trail providing a half-mile loop through scrub forest and pines.
Another half-mile trail, the Black Rail Trail, is accessed from the Black Rail Trailhead at the end of SR 52. The new Main Gate area off US 19 north of Ridge Rd has picnic pavilions, a kayak launch, and three hiking trails: the Eagle Trail, the Springs Trail, and the Kayak Launch Trail.
Explore the park
- Three Days of Nature Coast Springs - Between New Port Richey and Crystal River, explore a variety of springs along the Nature Coast that provide splashing fun in summer and manatee watching in winter.