The Crystal River Preserve State Park is truly a unique area on Florida's Gulf Coast. Being situated at a transition between temperate and sub-tropical zones it has plant communities that occur in each. In addition to the climatic zones, it also protects expansive grass flats that extend many miles into the gulf. The estuarine system is fed fresh water from seven rivers in the county and...
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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.