Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland

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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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  • We went here to get away from the more popular springs that during this time of year was just to much. You pay state park prices so it is very cheap and you get everything you want when you are here. ...  more »
  • Nice people. Clean campground. Ran professional. We really enjoyed our stay here and can't wait to return next year.  more »
  • Manatee Springs is quite simply stunning! We only saw four manatees from a distance, but the scenery is incredible. The water was so still the beautiful autumnal colours were perfectly reflected in it...  more »

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