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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  • I like this park. I don't like some of the changes. It is clearly posted 'No Alcohol' yet the leased concession is selling pints. And it shows. I hope some child doesn't drown out here while daddy is ...  more »
  • This is a very beautiful state park. Nice boardwalk, down to the Swanee River. Exciting day at the spring head. Saw lots of wildlife. This spring you feel little less secure, has a more primitive look...  more »
  • We visited diring the off season and the park was quiet and serene. This afforded us to observe quite a number of species of wildlife. They have a boardwalk area that runs parallel to the springs and ...  more »

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