Continuing our Nature Coast road trip, we headed to Fort Island Trail, another scenic drive in Citrus County. Located just south of the city of Crystal River, this drive includes stops on the Gulf and on the river.
All the way at the end of Ft. Island Trail is a boat ramp directly on the Gulf.
Next we stopped at a fishing pier which includes a boardwalk. One part of the boardwalk goes to the Ft. Island Trail beach–a public swimming beach on the Gulf. Thanks to the numerous septic tanks in the area, this beach is quite often closed because of e-coli contamination. Not a place that I send our guests to swim!
Heading back towards 19, on the north side of the road there is a public park and boat ramp onto the Crystal River.
That’s the end of this road trip. If the weather stays wonderful, we’ll be hitting more beaches and parks in the weeks to come.