Explore the most popular trails in Crystal River Archaeological State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A National Historic Landmark, this 61-acre, pre-Columbian, Native American site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously occupied sites in Florida. For 1,600 years the site served as an imposing ceremonial center for Native Americans. People traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead and conduct trade. It is estimated that as many as 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the complex every year. Although primarily an archaeological site, the park sits on the edge of an expansive coastal marsh. Anglers may catch saltwater and freshwater fish. As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park offers bird-watchers the chance to observe a variety of birds.

Not exactly a hike, nor a trail. Still a neat place and running the big stair set is a great workout.

Great place to learn about early area life!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail system and info on early residents of the area.

this is hardly a " hike " but there are things to see and do. Gives a good view of one portion of the Crystal River and often you will see numerous types of birds. For newcomers to our area I recommend it, once.

11 months ago

this is a nice trail and the weather is great. climb the platform to get a great. view of the area.

hiking
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

beautiful!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It was wonderful to see the Indian mounds, learn some of their history and hike. Very peaceful place.

Friday, January 20, 2017

nice outing for January under the sabal palms

walking
Monday, October 10, 2016

Very pleasant, easy trail. The museum is very interesting, with a number of exhibits in cases showing artifacts. Very short walk. Can't say I saw much wildlife, but it was around 11am, so maybe to late or early. Recommend.

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hiking
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Nice, easy, but run the stairs can give a good work out.

walking
Monday, January 23, 2012

My wife and I are retired and do this walk a few times every month. This is a state archeological park in the middle of Indian Mounds and a native American village (not completely documented). All the walk is paved, under palms and oaks. The area has a lot of birds and in the early and late parts of the day you may see wild hogs, raccoons, and similar critters. Pretty level with an optional stair climb to the top of the largest mound...with seating in the shade and views of the Crystal River. You may see dolphins and manatees and osprey and herrings.

walking
Friday, September 23, 2011

This trail is a very easy trail to do.Only 3/4 of a mile in distance. Most of it is inthe shade of many large oaks and other beautiful trees. We were walking the trailand happedned to be there at just the right time when we had climbed up a flight of stairs to the top of the largest mound to listen to one of the park rangers speaking to a group of students this summer about the mounds and the surroundiing areas.. It was a very interesting talk.. And we had a beautiful view from the top of the mound overlooking Crystal River. Being that this is an archaeological State Park makes it of great value to Florida residents and hikers and vacationers. Natural beauty. We also went in the museum and looked at and learned about all the time periods this area was occupied . There were many artifacts discovered there to look at as well. This trail is also great for bird watchers. We saw many different types of birds. A hawk was perched on the remains of a tree stump. A must do in cooler weather. It has 6 different mounds on the walk to discover.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

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