Main Springs by Larry Arrington
A blue tent in a camping area surrounded by trees.
Two swimmers at Manatee Springs.
Deer family.
Swimming at Manatee Springs
Spring Run.
Divers by Mark Long.
tent camping
Manatees in the river
Two deer with a fawn.
Swimmers in the spring.
The spring run to the Suwannee.
Two divers head into the cave.

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Manatee Springs State Park

Welcome to Manatee Springs State Park

The first-magnitude spring at this park produces an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily. In winter, West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer waters of the springs. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are also a great spot for swimming. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through hardwood wetlands to the Suwannee River. Canoe and kayaking is available all year round through our concessionaire, Anderson's Outdoor Adventures, LLC. Also Available, Anderson's Outdoor Adventures offers full service BBQ take out inside the park at the water front. Look for the giant smoker. Click Here for Menu. Children enjoy the playground in the picnic area. Hiking and bicycling are available on the north end trail system. The full-facility campground is surrounded by red oak woods.

For those doing day trips, don’t forget the Nature Coast State Trail and Fanning Springs State Park. The Nature Coast State Trail provides an excellent opportunity to experience the Sunshine State's Natural North Florida. In the early 1900s, trains were replacing the steamship as the freight and passenger carrier throughout the Suwannee River Valley. Today, visitors can retrace this historic route of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, traversing 32 miles of Florida's beautiful Nature Coast region. It consists of two primary alignments built along abandoned rail lines that intersect at Wilcox Junction, connecting the communities of Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland.

Fanning Springs State Park is a 14 mile drive from Manatee Springs and across US 19 from part of the Nature Coast State Trail. Fanning Springs is located on the Suwannee River, this inviting source of cool, clear water has attracted people for thousands of years. Fanning Springs now produces less than 65 million gallons of water daily, making it a second magnitude spring. Historically, Fanning Springs was a first-magnitude springs as recently as the 1990s. Swimming or snorkeling in the spring is a refreshing activity on a hot day.

Be sure to visit us during Clay Landing Days, taking place November 27th and 28th.

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