Located in Hernando County, an hour north of Tampa along what local residents call Florida’s Nature Coast, Brooksville was settled in 1845. Rich with history and old-world charm, it’s also a great place to visit for camping, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. The Withlacoochee State Forest also offers some of the best hiking and biking trails in the country. Into golf? Don’t miss the World Woods course. This vaunted 36-hole golf paradise in rural Brooksville offers visitors a chance to play the nationally-ranked Pine Barrens course. Take a good look around. You might decide to stay for a while. After all, Brooksville was selected Florida's Outstanding Rural Community for the Year 2000.