sábado, 25 de junio de 2022

#IPW2022 #CrystalRiver


Crystal River is considered the gem of Florida’s Nature Coast, with spectacular treasures just waiting to be discovered. Whether exploring the trails, finding secret fishing holes, or drifting away in crystal-clear springs, the entire destination is an explorer’s dream come true.

Crystal River Preserve State Park, Eco-Walk Trail

Tucked off of US 19, four miles north of Downtown Crystal River, this little gem is part of the Crystal River Preserve State Park. Watch for the Great Florida Birding Trail sign. A two-mile long level path loops through meadow into pine forest and then into oak savannah before crossing into a mixed hardwood freshwater marsh. It’s a spot loved by birds, birders and hikers alike, with interpretive signs and convenient benches. In the springtime, stop and watch the bluebirds in the nesting boxes.

Fishing on the Withlacoochee River

On the Withlacoochee River, time seems to stand still. Forming the eastern border of Citrus County, this is another of the area’s hidden gems, with ancient cypress trees standing guard along the shoreline. For those seeking solitude, this is the place to be. Local captains recommend fishing between Highways 48 and 44. There are hundreds of secret holes along this stretch of the Withlacoochee, holding catfish, stumpknockers, bluegill and other species.

First Magnitude Florida Springs System

The destination is largely defined by water, from the winding Crystal River to the natural wonder of Kings Bay. Fed by more than 70 springs and as many as 40 more seeps, Kings Bay is fed 600 million gallons of freshwater a day, but is just six miles from the salty Gulf of Mexico. It is a first magnitude Florida spring system and a leading winter refuge for the Florida Manatee. In fact, it is so important to the survival of manatees that the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge where these manatees congregate is the only refuge in the United States dedicated to the preservation and protection of a single species.

The Crystal River area is home to an abundance of natural freshwater springs, most of which feed the seven rivers that wind through the area. These springs pump out millions of gallons of crystal-clear fresh water every day. With so many of these beautiful, natural water sources in our community (over 70 in Kings Bay alone), it would be impossible to describe them all. The springs are truly one of Florida’s hidden gems best kept secrets, and we hope everyone who visits gains a new appreciation for their beauty. To learn about the top four springs in Citrus County, visit DiscoverCrystalRiverFL.com/blog/the-top-4-springs-in

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