Crystal River Preserve State Park, Crystal River

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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.
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  • We stayed at this park for 4 days. It is a nice park. We are members of the Thousabd Trails “ Trails Collection” of Encore Parks. As such, it seems this park assigned us to an unacceptable site for th...  more »
  • We were there on a very cold and windy day - so there was not much in terms of animal -like activity. We saw some yellow pumped warbles and a couple of woodpeckers, three deer crossed the path as well...  more »
  • Boat rides are great. I loved seeing the manatee. The zoo area has plenty to see and the walkways are safe. Staff is informative and friendly. Worth the expense,  more »
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  • Free Park with trails and kayak ramp. Parking is also free. The staff in the visitor center is really awesome. You can learn much about the crystal river and watch a documentation. The boat tour ($15/person) takes 90 minutes. You can see many wild animals like alligatores, manatees or eagles.
  • Nice walking area would've loved to see an alligator (maybe I'd react different if I did lol) but i was visiting from Texas loved it!
  • Tried to take the 7 mlle hike/bike loop but had to turn around after less than a half mile. Water puddles were everywhere, several in our short stretch, deep and all the way across road. I know it just rained couple nights ago, but even in dry weather trail would be in need of much repair
  • Love the well maintained trails and the peace and quiet. Bring mosquito repellent.
  • Lovely place to get out in nature and get some exercise. The frogs were singing today and the armidillos were foraging for food!
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