Crystal Cove waters.
Native Garden at the Crystal River
Ornate Diamondback Terrapin.
Barred owl in a tree.
Gray Hairstreak Butterfly
Marsh scene.
Sunset Cruise riders
Sparkling blue waters surrounded by palm fronds and other vibrant plant life.
A sun dappled path along the Native Garden overlooking the wide Crystal River.
Alert speckled faced terrapin lazes atop a soggy log.
Totally green tree filled alcove with quizical Barred owl staring large eyed from a middle branch.
In a meadow sits a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly upon a purple Whitetassel.
Meandering blue water edging up to marsh grasses.
Boat riders silhouetted dark against the bright yellow orange sunset.

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Crystal River Preserve State Park

Welcome to Crystal River Preserve State Park

A place of exceptional natural beauty, the undisturbed islands, inlets, backwaters and forests of this Crystal River Preserve are especially cherished by nature lovers and photographers. The park borders 20 miles of the northern Gulf Coast between the two cities of Yankeetown and Homosassa.

The primary recreational opportunities are hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and nature observation.  The five public trails located throughout the Preserve are: Crystal Cove trail at the Mullet Hole, Seven Mile Loop, Eco-Walk, Churchhouse Hammock and the trails at Dixie Shores (Loop Lake Trail, Marsh End Trail, Redfish Hole).  Anglers can fish year-round at the Mullet Hole and often target brackish/saltwater species in the cooler winter months.  Two kayak launches are available near the parks administrative office, one of which is a stop along Florida's Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.  

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