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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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  • 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 »
  • We stopped to cool our feet on a bike ride on the Nature Coast Trail. Although it was Feb., people were swimming and having a great time. I imagine the park is quite crowded when the temps increase. T...  more »
  • What a great place to see Florida history. It is a great day trip to enjoy the spring. Its unfortunate that we can not stop the destruction from all the people coming to Florida. The natural springs n...  more »
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  • Beautiful place! I moved from Ohio, and had never seen a spring before. I was stunned at how beautiful the water was. We only got to spend about 5 min in the water before a loud crack of thunder, and the park rangers rushing everyone out of the water because of the approaching afternoon thunderstorm. We waited over 2 hours to hopefully get back in, but the storm lingered. We ended up leaving after a park Ranger came around to everyone explaining we would most likely not be able to get back in due to lightning in the area. Lots of picnic tables, pavilions to rent, lots of parking (if I remember right, it was $7 to get in). If you have it, I would advise bringing your own canopy, camp chairs, and potentially portable grill. On nice days, they are busy, and you will be lucky to get a table. So set up your own area! Bring a cooler with drinks and lunch, and spend the day at the beautiful park. P.s. the water was freezing! But that's normal for springs. I was 8 months prego at the time, and hot and sticky and still didn't want to be in that cold water. Lol
  • They have adorable cabins better than is way better than camping we have a kitchen and 2 bathrooms and two bedroons. It's right there steps from the email spings. If we go in together it's slur between both $ 180.. food..uill cook. They have a cool diving mat ask gunny use to swan dive and backspring. So much fun
  • Beautiful place well worth it to spend a day Take a cooler to enjoy after a beautiful swim. Well kept.
  • Affordable and lovely! We stopped here on a break on a long road trip and it was perfect. Only $6 for my vanfull of kids. The water was stunning and there were changing facilities available.
  • Came over here to go Geocaching. Beautiful area. Lots of caches in the vicinity. Lots of water sports activities in the area as well.