Crystal River Mine and Archaeological State Park Tour (13-14 November 2021)

Posted on: September 16th, 2021 by segsmember


Enjoy guided tours of Holcim Crystal River Quarries and Crystal River Archaeological State Park (note: the park charges a $3 entry fee) on Saturday, followed by an informal kayaking trip down the Chaz on Sunday! Due to space limitations at the mine, this trip is restricted to 20 participants. We will schedule another tour if interest is high, so please contact us at if registration is full. MAXIMUM OF 1 GUEST PER MEMBER. Capacity reached; registration closed.

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Saturday, November 13 – $10 field trip fee + $3 entry fee to park
  • Holcim Quarries Tour: 9 am – 11 am
    • We will meet at the mine at 9 am for a guided tour with Holcim Chief Geologist, Tom Newman.
    • Holcim Crystal River Quarry
      W H C R Limestone Trail, Crystal River, FL 34428 (Look for balloons in front of the office)
      Coordinates for Google Maps: 28.98365622228719, -82.65197662614213
  • Lunch and Explore: 11 am – 1 pm
    • We’ll split up to explore downtown Crystal River, with plenty of walkable shops and restaurants. Learn more about the city and its attractions here. Here are just a few ideas!
      • Want to see the manatees? Visit Three Sisters Springs! You can take a trolley from the visitor’s center for $20, with discounts for children, seniors, and military (Three Sisters Springs Center, 123 NW Hey 19, Crystal River, FL 34428).
      • In the mood for local food? Check out this list. Some ideas include The Boil Yard (SE Hwy 19 Crystal River, FL 34429), Cracker’s Bar (502 NW 6th St Crystal River, FL 34428), The Crab Plant (201 NW 5th Street, Crystal River, FL 34428), and Charlie’s Fish House (224 US-19, Crystal River, FL 34428, ).
      • Have a sweet tooth? Try the Dockside Ice Cream Shoppe (300 US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34429).
      • In the mood for a picnic with a view? Check out Hunter Springs Park (104 NE 1st Ave., Crystal River, FL 34429).
      • Want to buy some crystals for your collection? Try Karma Cottage (652 A N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River, FL 34428).
  • Crystal River Archaeological State Park: 1 pm – 2 pm
    • We’ll regroup at the state park by 1 pm for a guided tour with an interpreter.
    • The park charges a $3 entry fee per vehicle.
    • Crystal River Archaeological State Park
      3400 N Museum Point, Crystal River, FL 34428
      Website | Phone: 352-795-3817
Sunday, November 14 – $0 field trip fee + $5 parking fee
  • Kayaking down the Chassahowitzka River – 9 am
    • We will meet at Chassahowitzka River Campground starting at 9 am for a fun and informal kayaking adventure down the river.
    • Bring your own kayak, or rent one from the campground (pending availability).
    • The campground charges a $5 for parking ($7 with trailer).
    • We suggest packing a lunch!
    • Chassahowitzka River Campground
      8600 W Miss Maggie Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448
      Website | Phone: 352-382-2200

For questions, contact Cortney at


Crystal River has plenty of hotels; some options are listed below. We suggest booking early, as manatee season means it’s busy!

  • Days Inn by Wyndham Crystal River
    2380 NW SE US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
    Website | Phone: 352-364-5902
  • Holiday Inn Express Crystal River
    1203 NE 5th St, Crystal River, FL 34429
    Website  | Phone: 352-563-1111
  • Best Western Crystal River Resort
    614 US-19, Crystal River, FL 34428
    Website | Phone: 352-795-3171
  • Hampton Inn Crystal River
    1103 N Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34429
    Website | Phone: 352-564-6464

For those interested in camping, check out these sites nearby.

  • Chassahowitzka River Campground
    8600 W Miss Maggie Dr, Homosassa, FL 34448
    Website | Phone: 352-382-2200
  • Holder Mine Campground
    4399 Trail 10, Inverness, FL 34452
    Website | Phone: 352-797-4140

Safety Requirements

  • We will be asking members to follow all federal, state, and local guidelines to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. We have updated our waivers to reflect the seriousness of the novel disease.
  • The site that we’ll visit is an active industrial facility. Safety glasses, shirts, and closed-toe shoes are required. Additional requirements may be specified by the mine and will be emailed to participants. Drinks, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended.
  • Pets and are not allowed at the mine.
  • Transportation will consist of a caravan. Please arrange to carpool with others to minimize the number of vehicles.
  • All participants must sign a waiver and agree to the participant guidelines.

Registration and Fees

Participation is limited to SEGS members who have paid 2021 dues (and guests thereof) and geology students. For members, please renew here.

  • The price is $10 for current SEGS members and guests of attending SEGS members (limit 1 guest per member). Students attend free. This does not include the park entry fee of $3 (self-pay). For those participating in Sunday kayaking, note that the campground/launch charges a $5 ($7 with trailer) parking fee.
  • For efficiency, SEGS will be limiting signups to electronic registration only, with manual registration available only on request.
  • Due to the need to coordinate with the facilities, we WILL NOT be accepting registrations the day of or the day before the event. Registration due by November 7.


  • SEGS Guidebooks #60 is available for you to print.

Electronic Registration

  • At the top of the page, in the dropdown, please select the appropriate option and click “Add to Cart” to register for the trip.
  • During checkout, you will be routed to a waiver you can sign electronically, and then to the registration and payment form. Since every participant needs to complete a waiver, you can only register one person at a time, but it’s fast!
  • If you have trouble with the electronic registration, please email for a manual registration option.

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