Gill Dawg invites you to explore Florida’s beautiful Nature Coast. Outdoor recreation and outdoor adventures are seemingly endless in the Port Richey area. Take a fascinating wilderness walk through the 80 acre James E. Grey Preserve Park, the 8300 acre Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park or bike, roller blade, walk or jog the Suncoast Bike Trail. Take a memorable kayak trip along the beautiful Cotee River to its tropical origin or get active on the waterways around Port Richey. Come explore our wild side!
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Fresh or Saltwater Fishing
- Biking and Hiking
- And much more!
Located on Millers Bayou, the City of Port Richey’s Waterfront Park is a 10-acre scenic park full of recreational facilities. Those who like nature and beautiful sunsets will enjoy visiting the park.
Try your hand at fishing, launch a kayak or canoe to explore the bayou, or just take a walk and enjoy a beautiful bayou sunset! The park offers excellent bird watching opportunities. A playground, picnic shelter and bathrooms are available. A fishing pier takes you right out into the action! Learn more about Waterfront Park.
8119 Old Post Road, Port Richey, FL 34668
James E. Grey Preserve Park
James E. Grey Preserve is a hidden treasure on the outskirts of New Port Richey, a quiet rural breather along the Pithlachascotee (Cotee) River. It’s in a most unexpected place: surrounded by modern-day subdivisions, a tiny patch of rural Florida exists down a bumpy one-lane limerock road, a handful of residences deep in the woods and this preserve along the riverfront. An extensive boardwalk follows the sinuous path of the Pithlachascotee River, creating the well-shaded Palmetto Loop, which has beautiful overlooks along the river and a large cove on the opposite side. A secondary loop provides a walk through an upland scrub habitat, where roserush and tarflower bloom in abundance. Read more at FloridaHikes.com
The Suncoast Trail
“The Suncoast Trail is a well maintained trail with lots of variants that are uncharacteristic of many other trails in the area. I recommend it highly.”
The Suncoast Trail is a 42-mile paved trail that stretches from Hillsborough County through Pasco and ending in Hernando County. The majority of the trail is in Pasco County which is 21.6 miles long. In the Port Richey area you can enter the trail at the well-marked Starkey trail entrance at 6.7 miles north of the Lutz Lake Fern trail head (4.2 miles north of the SR52 Trail Head). The Starkey is all Florida ambiance. The Suncoast itself is a well maintained trail with lots of variants that are uncharacteristic of many other trails in the area. Read more reviews and suggestions at Trail Link
Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Come and explore one of the Gulf Coast’s hidden treasures, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park in Port Richey, Florida. The park consists of over 3,296 acres of protected mangroves and salt marshes, with a second-magnitude Salt Spring, which is more than 320 feet in depth. Any visitors to this majestic gulf coast park will enjoy fishing and paddling the numerous inlets and bayous that wonder though the salt marsh.
Werner-Boyce’s pristine coastline is home to a wide variety of wildlife and creatures that called the park and it’s water home. It is common to spot gray fox, gopher tortoise, dolphin, raptors, wading birds, shore birds, and migratory songbirds during a visit to the salt springs. Read more about Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park at Gill Dawg.com
Starkey Wilderness Preserve
The Starkey Wilderness Preserve is one of the largest undeveloped tracts in Pasco County and protects sensitive environmental areas in the fast-growing western portion of Pasco County. Offering fishing, biking, hiking, horseback riding trails, camping and birding. The park offers a trailhead to the Suncoast Trail, a 42-mile paved biking and hiking trail. The Serenova and Anclote River Ranch tracts are managed by the District for passive nature-based outdoor recreation activities. These tracts have limited amenities and provide visitors a more rustic outdoor experience.
The Serenova Tract is a favorite for horseback riding with trails that wind through all major natural communities on the preserve. Equestrian/group and primitive camping are also available at Serenova. Learn more about the Starkey Wilderness Preserve