No Daily-Use Permit currently required. All
programs and festivals through the Conservation Center are
free. Program reservations are required as seating is
limited. Call 352-754-6722 to RSVP or for more
Chinsegut Conservation Center has
interpretive displays, restrooms, a wildlife viewing blind, and
picnic facilities. An interpretive kiosk is located on the Big Pine
The hiking trails at Chinsegut WEA are located on
the Conservation Center Tract and Big Pine Tract and are open
during daylight hours, 7 days a week. To access the
Conservation Center Tract, park at the Trailhead on US 41 and Snow
Memorial. Here you will find a parking pad, kiosk and
maps. The Prairie to Pines Trail runs north to the Chinsegut
Tract and south to the Big Pine Tract. Access to the Big Pine
Tract can be found on Old Crystal River Road north of US 41 north
of Brooksville. Here you will find a parking pad, kiosk, maps
and sign in sheet. Hunting is prohibited on both the
Conservation Center Tract and the Big Pine Tract.
The Chinsegut Conservation Center offers many
educational public and private group programs and hikes throughout
the year. The Conservation Center is only open to the public
on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. or during regularly
scheduled programs. It is located off of Lake Lindsey Road/CR
476 west of US 41 and east of Snow Memorial Highway. Groups
can schedule a program by appointment by calling 352-754-6722.
There are two trail maps for Chinsegut: the
Big Pine Tract Trail Map and
the Conservation Center
Tract Trail Map .
- Dogs other than service dogs are prohibited.
Chinsegut Conservation Center is 7 miles
north of Brooksville. Take US Hwy 41 to CR 476. Turn west (left) on
CR 476 to entrance on the left. Big Pine Tract is off of US Hwy 41
on Old Crystal River Road
View a location map
Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.
Withlacoochee State Forest: hiking, camping (RV and
tent), 46-mile paved bicycling trail, canoeing, horseback riding,
and hunting, restroom, and bathhouses. Chinsegut Hill
Conference and Retreat Center is in the process of being
transferred to FWC with joint management through Hernando
Crystal River (34 miles northwest), Homosassa
Springs (27 miles northwest), and Brooksville (7 miles south).