Run longest unpaved loop in Citrus County! Crystal River Preserve State Park comprises 27,500 acres of scrub, pinewoods, hardwood forests, salt marshes and mangrove islands. It’s a popular spot for hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and bird-watching. This route was inspired by Aurélie Vilmer.
The signature running route at the Preserve is the Seven Mile Loop Trail, an easy and attractive unpaved path around the preserve. You’ll cross over three tidal creeks, pass saltwater marsh flats, and see a champion contender loblolly pine tree.
Another option is the Eco-Walk, a 2.1 mile trail at the northeast part of the park, which can be run standalone or connected to the Seven Mile Loop Trail. There’s a map of the trail at the Trailhead off N Tallahassee Rd. Interpretive signs dot the trail, which passes through meadow, pine forest, Oak savannah, and a a mixed hardwood freshwater marsh.