Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland

#57 of 184 in Nature in Florida
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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  • August 13, 2017
    Fabulous park, clean, beautiful springs.. definitely a must see, see the manatees when it starts getting cooler  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    We visited in June and the area was very quiet and serene. There were no manatees in the springs, just a lot of divers getting certified. We walked a little bit of the trails but couldn't go on most o...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    Made reservations for tent camping. Arrived at check in and was told that there was a downside to the site we had chosen. Mind you we reviewed the site map before making the reservation. Our "tent sit...  more »

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