Offering recreational access to the Jenkins Creek basin and Jenkins Spring, Linda Pedersen Preserve provides fine views and fun activities for families.
Resources for exploring the area
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Location: Hernando Beach
Address: 6300 Shoal Line Blvd, Hernando Beach
Land Manager: Hernando County
Open daily sunrise to sunset. No pets permitted.
Follow SR 50 west from US 19 to the turnoff for Shoal Line Rd. Continue 2.4 miles to the preserve entrance on the left.
About the Park
An amazing panorama awaits if you’re willing to scramble up the 40-foot observation tower to the top: cabbage palm hammocks along the floodplain of Jenkins Creek, and a sweep of estuary as far as the eye can see.
Hugging the south shore of Jenkins Creek and extending to neighboring Weekiwachee Preserve, Linda Pedersen Preserve is a place for playfulness, where the family can enjoy bank fishing together and the youngsters can play on the playground.
Take the trail across the bridge or follow the road around to the parking area near Jenkins Spring, where a man-made sandy beach fronts the flow of the spring run away from the spring. Swimming is no longer permitted.
A line of roofed picnic shelters sit along the edge of the sand, where parents can relax or get lunch ready. It’s a beauty spot among the cabbage palm hammocks, a pleasure to explore.
Paddlers can access the Coastal Paddling Trail here (as well as Jenkins Creek Park, on the estuary side of Shoal Line Road) but be mindful of the tides.
Sometimes it’s better to launch from Bayport Park and ride the tide in.
Learn more about the Coastal Paddling Trail
See our photos of Linda Pedersen Park
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
Overlooking the vast estuary that paddlers tackle on the Coastal Paddling Trail, Jenkins Creek Park provides a trail terminus as well as ample space for anglers to drop a line.
Where the highway ends, Bayport Park begins. Perched on the edge of the estuary where the Weeki Wachee River meets the Gulf of Mexico, it offers spectacular sunset views along with its water access.
One of Florida’s most beautiful paddling trips, the Weeki Wachee River rises from first magnitude Weeki Wachee Springs and winds through lush floodplain forests as it is fed by hundreds of smaller springs along this 5.5-mile paddling run.