Crystal River Preserve State Park
Know Before You Go
Effective May 21, 2021: Crystal River Preserve State Park is open. The boardwalk at Church House Hammock is closed.
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
No fee required
Welcome to Crystal River Preserve State Park
Discover one of Florida's most productive and biologically diverse estuaries, where freshwater from stunning spring-fed rivers mixes with the saltwater of the Gulf of Mexico.
Crystal River Preserve is a true mosaic. Within its borders are more than 27,500 acres of scrub, pinewoods, hardwood forests, salt marshes and mangrove islands. Much of the property is still untouched, allowing visitors a glimpse of what this area of Florida looked like centuries ago.
It’s a year-round destination for hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and bird-watching. The preserve’s wetlands play an important role in refreshing Florida’s aquifer, making the area essential for Florida's wildlife and human communities.
Plan Your Visit
Hike the Seven-Mile Loop Trail at Crystal River
Endangered Spiked Crested Coralroot Orchid
Save Our Waters Week Guided Kayak Tour 2021
Fri, Sep 24, 2021 8:00 am - 11:00 am EDTExplore the waters of the Crystal River on a guided kayak tour hosted by the St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve, Florida Park Service and Florida Public Archaeology Network.
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National Estuaries Day
Sat, Sep 25, 2021 8:00 am - 12:00 pm EDTCrystal River Preserve State Park and the Citrus County School District Marine Science Station will celebrate National Estuaries Day with an open house featuring educational booths and free guided boat tours.
Crystal River, FL
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