Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
40.00 ft (12.19 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
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The Crystal Cove Trail is one of only a couple trails inside the largely undeveloped Crystal River Preserve State Park

The 1.3-mile out-and-back trail passes through a small section of the park that runs parallel to a salt marsh before ending at a bench looking out over the Crystal River, a waterway that is popular with recreational boaters and fishermen as well as seasonal visiting manatees.

The trail's path through limestone gravel and hardwood swamps make it popular for birding, as spotted sandpipers, clapper rails, Mississippi kites and osprey all have been seen here. 

The trail is generally flat, and parts of it pass under a scenic archway of pine and hammock that can be vibrant with the songs of birds and insects. Hikers should be prepared for a heavy presence of mosquitoes.

There is a dedicated parking area and trail map located at the trailhead. An additional trailhead can be found at the "Mullet Hole" area of the park.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Winter

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

The chorus of sounds in the surrounding trees.

Cons

Mosquitoes!

Trailhead Elevation

45.00 ft (13.72 m)

Highest point

75.00 ft (22.86 m)

Net Elevation Gain

30.00 ft (9.14 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Wildlife
Fishing
Family friendly
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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