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Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland

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State Park
Manatee Springs State Park is a Florida State Park located six miles west of Chiefland on SR 320, off US 19. Manatee Spring is a first magnitude spring that flows directly into the Suwannee River by way of a short run (though it is the longest spring run feeding the Suwannee River). Present also are swamps and hardwood wetlands along the Suwannee, along with many sinkhole ponds, including one with a cave 90 feet below the ground that connects to a popular divers' destination known as the catfish hotel.HistoryManatee Springs was visited in 1774 by William Bartram (1739–1823) and described in his book Travels through North & South Carolina, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws, Containing an Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians (1791); it was named by Bartram himself ("Manate Springs") after seeing a manatee carcass on the shoreline of the spring run.BiologyTree types in the park consist of cypress, sweetgum, maple and ash.
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  • My family and I just spent 6 nights here in Magnolia loop 1. First the good - Amazing nature. The spring is wonderful and swimming in and around it is amazing. The access points are sufficient, both f...  more »
  • My daughter and I were just passing through and decided to stop by and see the park. It was a quiet park. They have walking trails, kayaks you can take down the Suwannee River, a pontoon boat tour you...  more »
  • Its fun, clean, well maintained, and the staff is super nice! We all had a great time! The water is so clear and great to kayak or swim in, great camping sites too. We were able to bring our dog which...  more »