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Crystal River Preserve State Park

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Located on one of the primitive trails named Dixie Shores, the winding waters that sculpt the marshes are glimpsed through palms and palmettos.

Located on one of the primitive trails named Dixie Shores, the winding waters that sculpt the marshes are glimpsed through palms and palmettos.

A kayak and manatee share the blue-green waters of the Preserve State Park. This rotund gray seacow casts a curious glance up through the water.

A kayak and manatee share the blue-green waters of the Preserve State Park. This rotund gray seacow casts a curious glance up through the water.

Perched on a rocky karst outcropping at the edge of the Crystal River, a  Great Blue Heron lends his profile of long legs and beak to the wet, calm scene.

Perched on a rocky karst outcropping at the edge of the Crystal River, a Great Blue Heron lends his profile of long legs and beak to the wet, calm scene.


A bottlenose dolphin keeping time with the Park tourboat begins a leap out of the water, leaving a cascade of frothy foam behind it.

A bottlenose dolphin keeping time with the Park tourboat begins a leap out of the water, leaving a cascade of frothy foam behind it.

A small male diamond-backed terrapin nuzzles next to a large female in a tidal pool of young mangroves. These brackish water turtles have spotted faces.

A small male diamond-backed terrapin nuzzles next to a large female in a tidal pool of young mangroves. These brackish water turtles have spotted faces.

On a cooler fall day, an eight foot alligator can be seen soaking up the sun, while napping along the brackish waters during low tide on the Preserve.

On a cooler fall day, an eight foot alligator can be seen soaking up the sun, while napping along the brackish waters during low tide on the Preserve.


A curious gray, masked raccoon peers out from the high branches of a persimmon tree, where he is caught snacking behind the Park's Visitor Center.

A curious gray, masked raccoon peers out from the high branches of a persimmon tree, where he is caught snacking behind the Park's Visitor Center.

Two stately bald eagles perch high in a tree draped with Spanish Moss. They survey their marsh territory while calm blue skies await their next flight.

Two stately bald eagles perch high in a tree draped with Spanish Moss. They survey their marsh territory while calm blue skies await their next flight.

On a cooler fall day, an eight foot alligator can be seen soaking up the sun, while napping along the brackish waters during low tide on the Preserve.

On a cooler fall day, an eight foot alligator can be seen soaking up the sun, while napping along the brackish waters during low tide on the Preserve.