If you’ve enjoyed the manatee tour, feel adventurous and want to keep exploring its surrounding area, consider the following:
If you’re a fan of hiking then you’re in luck! Crystal River is located in Citrus County and it’s full of an array of paths and trails for you to explore:
- For something that’s a bit more intense, the Withlacoochee State Trail. With 47 paved miles, the length of the trail spans the entirety of Citrus County as well as three other counties.
- If you want the opportunity to observe Florida’s incredible diversity of natural plant life and wildlife then right off of U.S 19 on Curtis Toll Road you can also check out Crystal River State Preserve with eight miles of gorgeous trails.
- Want the challenge and fun of an all-day hike? Check out the Ft. Island Gulf Beach Trail that spans 18 miles where you can see some of the most pristine estuaries that have been long preserved throughout time in Florida’s Gulf Coast.
- If that still hasn’t piqued your interest, then did you know that the Withlacoochee State Trail we mentioned is also open to horses along its designated bridle paths?
- Horseback riding along the Flying Eagle and Pott’s Preserve loops is available too. If you choose Flying Eagle Preserve, then ride up to nine miles while Pott’s Preserve lets you ride for 12 miles. Interested in something a bit more quaint, try a horse-drawn buggy. Citrus County has several riding stables that let you borrow a horse for the day.