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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  • No Manatees but the person at the gate had told us that before we went in. Wasn't crowded so made it nice to walk out the wooden walk to the Suwanee.  more »
  • This is a beautiful park on the Suwanee River. We stayed for a week. There are walking trails and a restaurant. You can buy ice at the restaurant. The sites are spacious and have lots of trees and shr...  more »
  • 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 »

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