Fanning Springs State Park
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Effective July 26, 2023: The accessibility lift chair in the swimming area at Fanning Springs State Park is temporarily unavailable.
CAMPERS: Do not bring firewood into the park
To protect our forests, please do not bring your own firewood into the park. The emerald ash borer infestation is spread by moving infested wood to a non-infested area. Wood is available at the park for $10, including sales tax. For more information, please call the park at 352-463-3420.
Welcome to Fanning Springs State Park
Located along the meandering Suwannee River, Fanning Springs is an inviting source of cool, clear, crisp water that has attracted people for thousands of years.
Fanning Springs produces 65 million gallons of water daily, making it a second-magnitude spring. Historically, Fanning Spring was a first-magnitude springs as recently as the 1990s. The springs offer the perfect 72-degree water to cool down on hot Florida days and an abundance of underwater wildlife to view. Musk turtles, bass, mullet, freshwater flounder, bowfin (and manatees during the colder days) inhabit the springs and river.
Visitors can enjoy grilling and picnicking under majestic live oaks or a friendly game of volleyball on the white sand court. A playground provides diversion where young guests can swing and play. A boardwalk allows visitors to step back in time to old Florida with a stroll through a breathtaking cypress swamp with cypress knees standing 6 feet tall. This boardwalk ends with an overlook and view of the Suwannee River. During the summer, visitors can sometimes see massive sturgeons jumping.
White-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and barred owls are some of the animals that may be seen around the park. An overlook at the park allows visitors to view the spring in its entirety and provides a spectacular view of the boil.
Visitors can enter the park by boat from the Suwannee River or by vehicle from U.S. Highway 19.
We offer an ADA chairlift for anyone who needs assistance accessing the spring. Contact the ranger station at 352-463-3420 for information.
Plan Your Visit
Scuba at Fanning Springs
Adventure on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
Fanning Springs State Park Photo Gallery
People Make the Parks
Staff Spotlight, Sheri DeFalco
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