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Trip Planner: USA / Florida / Crystal River / Crystal River Preserve State Park
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.
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. Find out how to plan Crystal River trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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Wide, level trail through the forest. We saw red-headed woodpeckers and palm warblers, but were intrigued by the small animal trails through the underbrush - wild hogs?
Wide, level trail through the forest. We saw red-headed woodpeckers and palm warblers, but were intrigued by the small animal trails through the underbrush - wild hogs? more »
We enjoyed the echo, boat tour with Captain Scott, and narrator Miss Mary. Lots of birds to see including bald eagles, pelicans, and cormorants. The guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of...
We enjoyed the echo, boat tour with Captain Scott, and narrator Miss Mary. Lots of birds to see including bald eagles, pelicans, and cormorants. The guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of... more »
Amazing place! Great for a picnic, Kayaking, swimming, or hiking. We went kayaking was able to see a lot of manatees. We even were able to swim with them! Beautiful creatures...Plenty of things to do here. I suggest coming before 12 pm bc the sun isn't as strong. We will be coming back for sure.
A GREAT little trip!! Our captains had lots of local insight on various birds, aquatic life and local history. We spotted a momma Manatee and her calf within the first 5 minutes of the tour. I would recommend this trip if you have an hour of free time to kinda get the lay of the water and points of interest.
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