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“Awesome close encounters of FL wilderness kind” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
352-563-2088
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Hudson, Florida, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Awesome close encounters of FL wilderness kind”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

An excellent location for real nature-philia. Minimal vehicle access; no landscaped trails, facilities, amenities, provisions - a wide range of habitat types, minimally disturbed. This places is home for the plants and animals, at home in their environs. For ground hiking, challenges beckon. Parts of it almost inaccessible, like a green jungle of gnarly oaks crisscrossed horizontally by forbidding, monstrous-thick cat briars like barbed wire. Hard for the hardcore to resist. Among thrills I had, my first upclose-personal with a coachwhip snake. The flora, the insect fauna, the entire biota - dazzling in its diversity and breath-taking in its beauty.

Visited August 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Florida the way it used to be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a wonderful location to get away and just enjoy unspoiled Florida. You can picture yourself going back in time to what Florida was like before being developed. Great kayaking and canoeing.

Visited September 2012
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New Port Richey, Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
50 attraction reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Rent a Canoe and Enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Renting a canoe and exploring that Chass area is a fantastic way to see the real Florida. The waters are clear and the area is relatively remote. From the canoe, one can see underwater caves where springs feed the rivers. Cave exploration under the water is not recommended and can be dangerous to those not certified to cave dive. There are a wide variety of birds to be seen and the rental attendant will provide a map of the area with special places to see. There is a short hike to "The Crack" a beautiful spring. For experienced paddlers, the river joins the Nature Coast Canoe Trail and unlimited exploration is possible.

Visited May 2012
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Brooksville, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Natural and Beautiful Florida”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

This is a great place for family; educational, recreational, and a natural treasure. Enjoyed best in spring and Fall.

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Liberty
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“Far from the maddening crowd”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This spring was quite different from any others we visited. This was in a national, not a state park. The springs were easy to get to but were not crowded as all the others were. These were, um, disquieting springs. The spring holes were all quite shallow - maybe 4 feet under water - and the others were all at least 20 feet down. That made these seem more threatening in some way, although they were just holes in the ground that pumped out 72 degree water. I was content to merely wade around, although my husband snorkeled quite happily. If you have kids, watch them carefully. Some of the holes are very large, maybe 5-6 feet in diameter, and could invite exploration by "young'uns" which could be dangerous. All in all, a wonderful, different experience of the Florida springs.

Visited April 2012
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