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Crystal River Preserve State Park

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Address: 3266 N. Sailboat Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: (352) 563-0450
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Always A Great Hike

Bear to the right at the CR Preserve State Park and go down the dirt road for this hike. The loop is 7 miles and it's great for either mountain bikes or hiking. If you're hiking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
Florence J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Bear to the right at the CR Preserve State Park and go down the dirt road for this hike. The loop is 7 miles and it's great for either mountain bikes or hiking. If you're hiking the whole trail, the sign states it will take 3-5 hours. Carry your own water and there are no facilities. We've hiked and ridden... More 

Thank Florence J
Rockville Centre, New York
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29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Located near the Crystal River Archeological Sate Park, the boat Monroe takes you on a 90 minute tour of the Crystal River portion of the Nature Coast of Florida. The guide, Leroy, is a retired State Park Ranger with 30+ years of experience in the area. His love of the job showed with his personalized narration during the trip. Many... More 

3 Thank WendyTom79
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136 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

After calling in at the visitor centre, we drove back to Mullet Hole for a walk along one of the trails. We loved the tranquillity and didn't see another person. We weren't sure of the route and couldn't see any trail pointers and, as we hadn't applied insect repellent (and had been bitten) we turned round. We went on the... More 

1 Thank ThurlbyReviewer
Crystal River, Florida, United States
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Start with the Visitor's Center and watch a brief movie about FL and look at the exhibits. The preserve covers almost 30,000 acres of pine woods, hardwood forests as well as salt marshes, scrub land and mangrove islands. You can see it all on the Nature Coast. There are boat rides, native plant gardens and so much more.

1 Thank Gail T
Odessa, Florida
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113 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Drive 2 Crystal River Preserve State Park (the one in the north part of the park): Interpretive Center: CLOSED ON SUNDAY! The Visitor Center houses 6 floor to ceiling dioramas depicting habitats in the park. Other displays include three 125-gallon aquariums, an ornate diamondback terrapin enclosure, and a touch table. The conference room is used for presentations, meetings and the... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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287 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Crystal River has some real beauty at this preserve! Dont forget to bring a camera to capture the true beauty of Florida!

2 Thank Hgtravl
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Trails are best earlier in morning during summer. We saw a juvenile Panther. There are poisonous snakes, alligators and bears.Just watch where you step and dont let kids walk ahead of you to be safe. Bring water and cell phone. A trail app can be helpful too.

2 Thank Holly H
Inverness, Florida
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102 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Nice informative trip out on the water. Times for departure are exact so don't play around getting there.

1 Thank Teresa H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

We came on a Sunday, but then the visitors centre is closed. Luckily we came across a ranger and she handed us a map with different trails. This map is indispensable. You will see ALL the trails on this map that in the cristal river area. So people who want to walk a lot GO HERE AND GET YOUR MAP... More 

2 Thank Martinepeters1975
Gulf Breeze, Florida
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

They keep a close watch on gators but be careful with little kids. Don't bring your dog. The teenagers don't respect the splash and jump rules so be prepared to get wet around them. It would be best to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as their is much to see. A very clean park, easy to walk around.

1 Thank Jachin R

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