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Crystal River Preserve State Park

3266 N Sailboat Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-6205
+1 352-228-6028
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Crystal River Preserve State Park is a remnant of the Florida coastline that has changed little since Europeans arrived over 500 years ago. The park preserves more than 27,000 acres of diverse natural communities such as scrub, pinewoods, hardwood forests, salt marshes and mangrove islands. Much of the property is still untouched, allowing visitors a glimpse at what this area of Florida looked like centuries ago. Given the natural community diversity, the preserve is an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing. The preserve offers several miles of hiking and biking trails and two designated kayak launches. From Labor Day to Memorial Day (September-May) Eco-heritage boat trips leave from the park headquarters. The 1.5-hour boat tour gives visitors the opportunity to see coastal marsh and learn how it and the associated marine estuary provided for the ancient river dwellers that once lived here. The 24-passenger vessel “Monroe” runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. The cost is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children under 12 years of age, children 6 years of age and under are free. Boat tickets can be purchased one hour prior to departure, forms of payment accepted are cash or check.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3266 N Sailboat Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-6205
3266 N Sailboat Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-6205
+1 352-228-6028
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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 the size of our fifth wheel...More

Thank Linda F
Reviewed 1 week ago

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. It was still a nice...More

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 1 December 2017

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,

Thank Karl M
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Beautiful Natural Setting. The Crystal River City Council has made it a priority to maintain its' natural beauty.

Thank biminisolar
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The land from Tallahassee to Clearwater along U.S. Highway 19 in Florida remains today almost as lonely and barren as it was when my family first traveled the road in the early 1950s, when my father ran out of gas and had to walk miles...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The staff at the park were very knowledgable and friendly. They were giving a couple before us kayaking tips on where to visit and camp over. The hiking trails were a bit more than we planned for the day, but what we saw was wonderful!

Thank JSohl
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We walked the 7 mile loop trail on a Saturday with not much more to do because other area closed on weekend. Maybe another time of year preserve trail a nice walk but not in April. Saw a crab in the water, an armadillo and...More

Thank retired27
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Found this by accident- it's near the Archeological Park. Bring a pole and fish. Nice little trails through the woods around the Mullet Pond (but watch out for snakes- we saw a water moccasin!). There is also a kayak launch too. Very pretty park. Compost...More

1  Thank adventuresofmom
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We were among the 20 or so people who took the Crystal River State Park cruise which was absolutely delightful. The narration by a park ranger was first-rate, and we spotted an eagle spreading its wings high above the river on a palm tree branch,...More

1  Thank Arline Z
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This park has some beautiful hiking trails. I saw a gator, turtles and many birds on a bike ride around some of the shorter trails. There's a 7 mile loop trail suitable for off-road biking and for hiking but I didn't have time on this...More

Thank David B
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23 April 2017|
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Response from realflorida | Property representative |
There is not a camping option at the Crystal River Preserve. The closest primitive camping near water is in the little town of Chassahowitska 15 miles south at the Chassahowiska campground (county owned, concession run) or... More
4 March 2017|
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Response from Karianne H | Reviewed this property |
Itchnatucky springs about an hour north does
Christie B
16 December 2016|
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Response from Dot S | Reviewed this property |
I think you could go to the right when you arrive at the building. There is a small park on the other side of the canal where I think you could turn around and park. They launch boats there so I'm guessing it wouldn't be a... More