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Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs

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Fanning Springs State Park is a Florida State Park, located on US 19/98 in the town of Fanning Springs. It contains one of the state's 33 first magnitude springs. As of 2008, decreased water emission levels at the springs technically requalify the first magnitude status as "historical first magnitude."The original occupants of the land were native aborigines, "paleo-Indian people", beginning 14,000 years ago, and several of sites previously occupied by them have been located within the park. The area has been used for recreation, and in 1993 the state acquired the park. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection took over care of the park in 1997.The Nature Coast State Trail, which follows abandoned railway lines, has a junction at Fanning Springs near the state park.
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  • Fanning Springs State Park has good parking and all the facilities, the rangers take good care at the park. You will see lots of birds, and an equal amount of wildlife. The weather is beautiful and al...  more »
  • We went here to try to see Manatee's. The spring was beautiful! Guess we were a little late to see manatees. They were out to sea. Nice walk. HOWEVER, was unjust that you pay $6.00 for the state park....  more »
  • We went to take the kids swimming and they had a blast. It's a great place for kids. They have a great platform around the spring that is a great place to swim from. We even saw a Manatee in the sprin...  more »
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  • A beautiful natural park centered around a large pristine natural spring. Ample parking and attractively laid out, sloping walkways take you down to one of Florida's most beautiful swimming holes. Depths of the turquoise water vary but there are swimming areas for folks of all ages and skills. This is a noncommercial and easily accessible park frequented by locals and casual visitors alike. Simply developed and country quiet it features a wooden boardwalk trail that winds through wetlands of Cypress and trickling spring waters. One of my all time favorite places in Florida.
  • Crystal Clear water. The walking trail is great for little ones to let some energy out and then go play on the playground. Wonderful place for the family.
  • Great place to take the family to swim or have a picnic. I wish they hadn't enclosed the spring with docks though. I remember it before it was commercialized. Still fun though.
  • Nice park that lots of people use as a rest area as they travel through the area in Florida. Easy on and off highway. Clean bathrooms and park. They can walk out to the river and stretch their legs
  • Great place to swim. Shallow area for children. The water is cool and refreshing.