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Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • Vary close to Chiefland and there is camping swimming and canoeing and if your not a camper Days Inn is 10 mins away. 
  • We were able to see plenty of wildlife and the park is beautiful and a must visit when in the area. Highly recommend! 
  • Great place for diving. Nice park with bathhouse. They have a 70 foot dive and a 35 foot dive. Lots of picnic tables and pavilions. 
  • The campground and facilities were clean and well kept. The water is beautiful,and clean. The run of the spring is very short, and it leads to the Suwanee river, which in this section isn't real exciting for people on canoes or kayaks. There were nice trails to hike. I would recommend walking the boardwalk out to the Suwanee at night. When it is clear there are so my stars out. We saw so many falling stars!!! Great park! Make sure you have all of your supplies before you get to the campground. They didn't have a general store and it is a little drive to get into town.
  • Manatee Springs is a beautiful park with great amenities! Anderson's Outdoor Adventures is also located in the park and they offer great BBQ along with several rentals and the famous pontoon tour along the Suwannee river!
  • Manatee Springs is a first magnitude spring and the water temperature is always at a nice 72 degrees, which is perfect for those hot summer days. Clear blue water and easy access. They rent pontoons and also provide a tour down the Suwannee river that includes a Bar-B-Que lunch.
  • Manatee Springs is a beautiful place to visit. I honestly wish we could have stayed longer. The spring itself is so vibrant and clear, it's cold at first but relaxing once you're used to it. There is a 2ft gator that does live in the spring, but he doesn't mess with anyone. The BBQ is great and everyone is friendly. The only issue we had was when we first set up our tent we had several ticks make themselves at home, so we had to take our tent apart re-setup out camp and spray down everything. Turns out the tick problem is because of the "hand fed deer." I watched a couple kids sneak food to the deer and found bread left out for them. If people were to stop feeding the herd, they would leave and the ticks would be under control. No, one wants Lyme disease.
  • Springs are fun and refreshing. Many picnic tables and facilities. Concessions available as well. Canoe/kayak rentals are on site and you can paddle up the springs. Staff was friendly and helpful but not plentiful. The one star off is for the lack of changing facilities. Difficult to change in the men's room.
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