United States

Crystal River/Citrus County, FL

Includes Crystal River, Floral Springs, Homosassa, and Inverness


Citrus County is a quieter part of northwestern Florida, and includes the communities of Crystal River, Floral Springs, Homosassa, and Inverness. The area, known as the ‘Manatee Capital of the World’ is relatively undeveloped — for Florida — and has some quite scenic spots for running. Among the best places to run in Citrus County are the loops around Inglis Island and Crystal River Preserve State Park. There’s some nice road running in Crystal River, along Kings Bay. For a long-distance off-road run, 20+ miles of the paved Withlacoochee State Trail multi-use path runs through Citrus County, connecting several parks and preserves. There’s also lots of off-road running in the extensive Withlacoochee State Forest.  Many thanks to Aurélie Vilmer, who inspired several of these routes!

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Similar to other areas of northern Florida, Citrus County has hot, humid summers with abundant rainfall, and drier, comfortable winters. In winter, average high temperatures are in the high 60sF (20C), with nights that can cool into the 40s. It’s delightfully but not uncomfortably warm in April-May and October-November. June through September is very hot, with highs of 33C and humid, sultry nights. There are near daily thunderstorms.

There are no dedicated running stores in Citrus County.

Citrus Road Runners is the one running group in the area. They also have a calendar of events on their site.

Event and race calendar for Citrus County and surrounding communities.