Ranches, Farms, & Acreage Information
Ranches & Farms can be found throughout Citrus County. Popular areas for small horse farms (mini-farms) can be found in Dunnellon, Citronelle, Lake Rousseau, Circle M Ranchettes, Emerald Oaks, Shamrock Acres, Rovan Farms, & Hernando. Larger Horse Farm & Cattle Operations, are primarily located in the southern part of Citrus County. Those areas include Floral City, Pineola, Istachatta, and parcels abutting the Withlacoochee State Forest. Large Ranch operations located in these areas can range in size from 50 to over 1000 acres.
Citrus County Florida is “Agricultural Friendly” and allows for an “Agricultural Classification” or “Greenbelt” for lands that are used for “Bona Fide Agricultural Purposes” meaning good faith agricultural use of land. Agricultural Classifications must be applied for with the Property Appraisers Office, between January 1st and March 1st of each year. Agricultural Classifications are not transferable. Therefore; if the property is sold or transferred, from one ownership to another, a new application must be filed. Significant property tax reductions are enjoyed by those owning property with the “Agricultural Classification”. Agricultural uses which qualify for the “Agricultural Classification or Greenbelt” include cattle grazing, horticulture, forestry, dairy, livestock, poultry, aquaculture, sod farming, and farm production.
If trail riding is your passion or favorite pastime, Citrus County offers a variety of areas allowing equestrian activities. These areas include Tillis Hill in the Citrus tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Horse stables are available & 37-site camping area. Reservations are recommended. (352-796-5650) Southwest Florida Water Management District, has established horse trails on both the Flying Eagle & Pott’s Reseve tracts. Flying Eagle has nine miles of designated equestrian trails (closed during hunting season). Potts Preserve has 12 miles of marked trails. Two other popular riding areas are Annuteliga Hammock, which offers several trails which zigzag through the Forest and Two Mile Prairie offers 4.3 miles of marked trails.