City of Inverness
Inverness is a city known for its lush outdoors, lively festivals and is a top destination for cyclists of the Withlacoochee State Trail.
Take in the fresh air at one of Inverness' top city parks. First, there is the 290-acre Whispering Pines City Park, which is home to miles of hiking and dog walking trails, pool and splash pad. There's also pickleball, tennis, disc golf, basketball and baseball. For those looking for lakefront views and gorgeous sunsets there is Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park. These parks look over Lake Henderson, and are surrounded by rich greenery, walking paths and pavilions. From here it is a short walk to both the Withlacoochee State Trail and the historic downtown district. The heart of the downtown is the neoclassical Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Travel back in time to a bygone era, and step out into the City's charming and walkable downtown with its quaint antique stores, cozy restaurants and the recently restored Valerie Theatre.
The City's calendar never takes a break with live entertainment and emerging festivals throughout the year. In October, the City is home to the Cooter Music Festival with a carnival and music of the Woodstock-era. Every November the streets are transformed into a karting race track for the only kart race in the southeast. In April, the Taste food and beverage festival is a qualifier for the World Food Championships with top chefs and food trucks competing. Thousands flock to the Pine Street Jam each August for the Caribbean street concert. All festival and events offer free admission and free parking.
Withlacoochee State Trail is a cycling destination with its 12 foot wide path and 46 miles of rail trail that opened in 1992. The trail extends from the Dunnellon area to the Dade City area, for a total of 46 miles. This scenic trail is appreciated for its long length and scenic views of the small towns and forest it traverses.
Visitors are invited to learn more by Visiting the new Visitor Center along the trail at 203 E. Dampier Street, Inverness. More information at VisitInvernessFL.com or call (352) 341-7820.