werner boyce salt springs state park port richey floridaExperience the unspoiled nature of Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park.

This beautiful state park offers excellent fishing and makes for great scenery while paddleboarding, kayaking or boating. The various inlets and bayous offer hidden places that are fun to explore while out on the water. Wildlife that is often seen there includes grey fox, gopher tortoises, and dolphins. It is also a great spot for bird watchers.

Comprised of 3,296 pristine acres, this Pasco County park in Port Richey includes 4 miles of a marshy and thick mangrove coastline. Enjoy hiking and boating within the park. Meander through the inlets and bayous in air boats,  shallow water boats, kayaks or canoes. Seek your resolve within the estuaries that are occupied by redfish, snook and speckled sea trout. Be inspired to grasp wonderful fishing opportunities. Dolphin and manatee reside in the waters of the park. The grand tree canopy holds an enormous amount of raptors, wading birds and migratory fowl. Be ready to capture priceless moments and witness nature at its best. Rustic hiking trails produce an array of wildlife viewing from wild boar and gray fox to gopher tortoises.werner boyce tour gill dawg port richey florida kayak trip rental 4

Several springs are located within the park.

Two major artesian springs are Cauldron Spring and Salt Spring. They are surrounded by saw grass, sabal palms, cypress and oak trees. Cauldron

The park protects exotic plants and 29 historical sites.

There is evidence of prehistoric human occupation during the Paleoindian and Archaic Periods (500 BC to 10,000 BC). The park maintains artifacts and specimens of natural history, mostly found in the hammock islands.  Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park is yours to discover!

Things to know before you go!

Gill Dawg offers guided paddle tours and do-it-yourself paddle tours of Werner Boyce Salt Springs State ParkLearn more

Terry Tomlin’s Everyday Adventures filmed a segment here – See article and news story here.

Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park Official Page – Learn more

Directions: There are three entrances to the park from which you can begin your journey. The Black Rail Trail Head has a pond and a hiking trail. It is located off of U.S. Highway 19 at the very west end of State Road 52. The Scenic Drive Trail Head has a picnic pavilion and a hiking trail. It is located at 10333 Scenic Drive in Port Richey. The main entrance to the park is located at 8737 U.S. Highway 19 in Port Richey with easy driving access into the park. There are picnic tables, trails and water access areas.

A Review from Trip Advisor: “One of Florida’s newest additions to the state park system, this coastal beauty is a mecca for paddlers and photographers. Tucked behind the Gulfview Square Mall more than 4000 acres of coastal fresh/salt marsh estuary system beckons to be explored by any adventuresome soul. New entrance, walking trails, and according to the park ranger new kayak launch and restroom and overlook facilities are in the near future.”