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Crystal River Preserve State Park

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A twisting tidal creek edging its way around green and brown sawgrass.

A twisting tidal creek edging its way around green and brown sawgrass.

A gangly brown spotted immature Yellow Crowned Heron perches on a tall brown dock pole located at the Visitor Center.

A gangly brown spotted immature Yellow Crowned Heron perches on a tall brown dock pole located at the Visitor Center.

An aptly named Zebra butterfly alights upon a sunkissed blade of grass among the fallen leaves upon the forest floor.

An aptly named Zebra butterfly alights upon a sunkissed blade of grass among the fallen leaves upon the forest floor.


A wild turkey struts quickly along a dirt path under sun dappled palmettos. His profile shows off his red speckled neck and beak wattles.

A wild turkey struts quickly along a dirt path under sun dappled palmettos. His profile shows off his red speckled neck and beak wattles.

A tidal pool located along the Ft. Island Trail Road meanders in front of a field of sawgrass. A distant stand of palm trees sits beneath a stormy sky.

A tidal pool located along the Ft. Island Trail Road meanders in front of a field of sawgrass. A distant stand of palm trees sits beneath a stormy sky.

The Marshes of St. Martins on the Preserve provide a verdant vista of green and blue with sawgrasses and palm trees mingling along the landscape.

The Marshes of St. Martins on the Preserve provide a verdant vista of green and blue with sawgrasses and palm trees mingling along the landscape.


Small pools of water covet the crannies provided by the rocky, pocketed karst shore. Clumps of tenacious native plants cling to the uneven footing.

Small pools of water covet the crannies provided by the rocky, pocketed karst shore. Clumps of tenacious native plants cling to the uneven footing.

An anhinga spreads its wing to dry while standing on a lone small karst rock outscropping near a densely foliaged island that looms behind it.

An anhinga spreads its wing to dry while standing on a lone small karst rock outscropping near a densely foliaged island that looms behind it.

A pond is all the more visible during the tan months of winter in an uplands area of the Preserve Eco-Walk Trail.

A pond is all the more visible during the tan months of winter in an uplands area of the Preserve Eco-Walk Trail.


A twisting tidal creek edging its way around green and brown sawgrass.

A twisting tidal creek edging its way around green and brown sawgrass.