Crystal River Archaeological State Park
A walk down the three quarter mile paved loop trail will take visitors past each of the six mounds in the pre-historic complex. These mounds include Temple, Burial and Midden Area Mounds. A beautiful view of the Crystal River is seen from the observation deck located on the main Temple Mound. The use of marker stones (lime rock boulders), unusual in North America may have served as ceremonial or celestial markers for these ancient river dwellers. The park's Visitor Center exhibits artifacts from the site, provides comparisons with other areas and explains some of the technologies the early residents employed. A short video and outdoor audio stations explain some of the features of the archaeological site. This park is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. The complex is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and sits on the edge of an expansive coastal marsh.