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Crystal River Preserve State Park

North Central Gulf Coast, Florida

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  • The entrance to Crystal River Preserve State Park.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • Crystal River Preserve State Park Visitor Center.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • Along with rangers who are able to answer questions and provide information about the park, the park visitor center contains interactive displays.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • A room for films and presentations inside the visitor center.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • The butterfly garden right outside the visitor center contains a variety of colorful plants.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • The Butterfly Garden.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • The park offers boat tours of the Crystal River beginning right outside the visitor center.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • Picnic and day-use area.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • The park has a canoe/kayak launch into the Crystal River, located near the visitor center.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • Mullet Hole is a popular area for fishing and spotting wildlife.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • The freshwater pond at Mullet Hole.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • The Crystal Cove hiking trail is a short flat hike inside the park that passes through the palm forest and hardwood swamps.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
  • Hiking along a tributary of the Crystal River.- Crystal River Preserve State Park
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Pros: 
Large untouched tracts of Florida.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
North Central Gulf Coast, FL
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall, Winter
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Adventure Description

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Crystal River Springs Preserve State Park is a 27,500-acre area of largely untouched and undeveloped land along Florida's Crystal River inlet area.

Primarily accessed through a couple of easily-accessible gravel roads, the park offers fishing and hiking areas, cycling trails, boat and kayak/canoe launches, picnic tables with grills, and a visitor center with interactive displays.

The scrub, pinewood, hardwood, mangrove islands throughout the park area provide a rich landscape for native and migratory bird and animal species. The waterway also provides habitat to manatees during the colder months.

Particular areas of interest inside the park are the visitor center area, where the canoe launch, picnic tables and a butterfly garden are located. The park also operates boat tours and sunset cruises from the visitor center area. Park rangers are typically onhand to offer information regarding the park's recreational options.

"Mullet Hole" is another area of interest, set at the edge of a freshwater pond popular for fishing, as well as being the site of one of the Crystal Cove Trail trailheads.

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sundown, and there is no fee to enter. Additional information can be found at the park's website or by calling 352.228.6028.

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