Crystal River Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park, originally known as the Crystal River Buffer Preserve. The Preserve comprises 27,500 acres of salt marsh, tidal creeks, mangrove islands, hardwood forests, coastal scrub and pine flat woods.Find out how to plan Crystal River trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
The Crystal River Preserve is a remnant of the Florida coastline that has changed little since Europeans more than 500 years ago. It is located in a transitional area from a temperate and sub-tropical climate zone and contains plants and animals from both regions. The preserve follows 20 miles (30 km) of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico from Crystal River though Ozello to Homosassa. The Crystal River Archaeological State Park is located within the park boundary and managed by the Crystal River Preserve State Park.
The primary recreational opportunities at the Preserve are hiking, biking, birding, kayaking, fishing and nature observation. Crystal River, world renowned for providing refuge to wintering manatees is located 3 miles southeast of the main park entrance.
Crystal River Preserve State Park reviews
Enjoyed a hike there around lake and along river . Saw an alligator 🐊 in the wild which was exciting! Also saw a snake a crab several lizards 🦎 and birds and squirrels. Was a beautiful day and nice.... more »
This was a nice stop for about an hour. Quiet simple hike. Small pavilion with tables. Geocache was listed here but we couldn't find it. more »
Such a beautiful place! If you want to see real untouched Florida nature, go on the Crystal Cove Trail! It is beautiful! We ran into quite a few critters. It was also very pleasant, quiet, and peaceful. We did not do the boat tour, but we definitely plan on returning to do the tour and walk the rest of the trails. 😁
The park is clean. The signs are easy to follow. Highly recommend bringing on the bug spray. Went to the mullet hole. There is a parking area there and trail starts there as well. Half way down the trail, we turned back because bugs were overwhelming, even with big spray, and we had kids in the group. Drove further down on main street and found dock with a few bench tables. Had a picnik. Very nice water way to watch boats.
Plan your trip to Crystal River
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Crystal River
Side trips from Crystal River
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hidden gems in Crystal River
Parks in Crystal River
Nearby attractions in Crystal River
Trips to Crystal River Preserve State Park by other users
7 days in Crystal River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Cross Florida Greenway - Withlacoochee Bay Trail Scuba & Snorkeling Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 22 days in Zephyrhills BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Crystal River Preserve State Park Scuba & Snorkeling Renninger's Vintage Antique Center & Farmer's Flea Market 11 days in Ocala & Gainesville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Ocala Gainesville 50 days in Dade City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Chinsegut Hill Museum The 1885 Russell Street Train Depot Pioneer Florida Museum & Village 5 days in Crystal River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Fort Island Gulf Beach Salt River Outfitters 6 days in Crystal River BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Crystal River Preserve State Park Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Scuba & Snorkeling