NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (FOX 13) - Western Pasco County has a large wilderness area that allows visitors an opportunity to step back in time and experience what Florida was like 100 years ago.
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park has something for everyone. The park offers outdoor opportunities including 27 miles of wilderness hiking trails, camping, picnicking, a children’s playground, miles of horse trails, and rental cabins.
“We have programming here which we’re very excited about,” ranger Mark Berlinger offered. “You get to learn basic camping skills, the history of Starkey Park, diversity of wildlife. We have a photography program, we have archery for the kids, we have shelters and pavilions with playgrounds for the kids and parties.”
The park has two rivers flowing through it and is managed by Pasco County Parks and Recreation and Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Entrance to the park is free and it’s open seven days a week.
“It’s 12,000 acres that gives the opportunity to unwind, get away from city life, to see what Florida has to offer. Kind of reminds us of why we moved to this area,” Berlinger added.
VIDEO ABOVE: FOX 13 SkyFOX Drone pilot John Wright and chief photographer Rick Hardman visited the park and captured a view from above.