Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Crystal River Archaeological State Park This six-mound complex is believed to have been started around 200 B.C. by the Indians of the Deptford culture. It is considered to be one of the longest, continually occupied sites in Florida.


Moon Over The Mounds - Moonlight Guided Tours

Come out to our Moon over the mounds and take a guided tour of the grounds after the sun goes down for a unique experience!

Last date for 2016 tours is December 16th at 8pm.

Hope to see you all there!


Great time of year to come out to the mounds and enjoy this amazing history!


Overlooking Florida's Crystal River in the city
that bears the river's name can be found one
of the most impressive archaeological sites
in the South.

Now preserved as the Crystal River
Archaeological State Park, the famed Crystal
River mounds have been studied for more
than one hundred years and yet still remain
shrouded in mystery. The prehistoric site is
thousands of years old and includes features
not found anywhere else in North America.


Where saber-toothed tigers and other prehistoric animals roamed eight-to-ten million years ago, fossils were found from the Pleistocene or Ice Age and Native Americans settled in 200 B.C. The earliest know inhabitants were pre-Columbian mound builders, drawn by the Crystal River, which they called "Wewa-hi-I-aca" (clean or shining water), ideal climate, plus plentiful game and shellfish. They established a ceremonial and trade center that became one of the longest, continuously occupied sites in Florida--from 200 B.C. to 1400 A.D. Each year an estimated 7,500 Indians traveled to the Crystal River site to bury their dead and exchange ritual objects. These were Citrus County's first tourists.


Did You Know That The Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Is A U.S. National Historic Landmark?


Come Visit The Burial Mounds And Get A First Hand Look At A Pre-Colombian Ceremonial Complex!


3400 N Museum Pt
Crystal River, FL


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