The VHA theme is Get Involved – Make a Difference. This month, we are talking about Fenney Springs Nature Trail.

The Fenney Springs Nature Trail is located next to the Fenney Recreation Center. A sturdy boardwalk winds through a spring-fed stream. Sweetgum, Spanish moss, red maples and pickerel weed can be seen along the way, with plenty of bird sightings including cardinals, chickadees, wrens, and swallowtail kites. The trail is a quarter-mile stroll.

Fenney Springs flows between 75 and 750 gallons per second. Previously, the spring watered cattle and provided irrigation until The Villages Developer returned it to its natural state. An attached gravel path leads to a large pond, extending your leisurely walk.

The Fenney Springs Nature Trail is open every day from 7:00am to dusk. The boardwalk rules posted at the entrance exclude bicycles and pets from being on the boardwalk.

Members’ comments:

“We enjoy walking the trail several times a week. We enjoy watching the birds, turtles, alligators, and occasionally otters in the waters along the trail. It is a lovely, peaceful area!”

John Kerrigan
Assistant Vice President – South