information board outdoor with guide maps and posters at crystal river preserve state park
man fishing off river bank with chair and palm trees at crystal river preserve state park
tour boat with white canopy on river at crystal river preserve state park
aerial view of marsh and river at crystal river preserve state park
park sign for visitor center at crystal river preserve state park

Overview

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.

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