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Salt Marsh Trails

The Friends Group has now completed the major portion of an ongoing project, the Chassahowitzka Salt Marsh Trails in old Homosassa. This project, completed on approximately 10 acres of Refuge property formerly know as the Cary Property, is the only land accessible property in the Refuge System. Through the generosity of a grant from the Lastinger Family Foundation in St. Petersburg, we were able to construct an observation tower overlooking the salt marsh, a covered pavilion, several nature trails and a kayak and canoe launch. Because we are not a government agency, we were able to hire local contractors for this project, thus providing jobs in our community. The Friends have now donated this project to the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge Complex, Inc and plan to have this site open to the public later this year. We are working with the school system, boy and girl scouts and other organizations to use this property as an educational tool.


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  • Drinking water or restrooms are not available on this refuge.
  • Please bring adequate water with you especially during the summer heat.
  • Emergency vehicles cannot get past the locked gate, should you have an emergency.
  • Enjoy the Salt Marsh Trails, BUT remember this is a wildlife refuge and not a park.
  • Please help in keeping this refuge pristine and take with you all the items that you brought and only those items, leave only footprints.
  • Trails are open from dawn to dusk.