Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs

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#108 of 183 in Nature in Florida
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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  • This is a very beautiful park. Had the weather been warmer, we would have wanted to swim and snorkel in the springs. There is a nice little walk to the river. When we were there, the air was so cold t...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful stop. Crystal clear. Wonderful family place. Great at any age and water is accessible to anyone in any condition. The boardwalk is just as wonderful as the spring. It will bring y...  more »
  • Large swimming area. You have to sit on a dock like area. Space is limited on a crowded day. So keep this in mind if you have small children. No shallow area to swim. The spring head was very beautifu...  more »
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  • Beautiful water. Clear as can be. Cabins are very clean, and like new. It was 38 degrees out, so several manatees were in the springs. I would came back for a swim when it's warmer.
  • Family's, groups, couple's or just single..this place will amaze ALL!!! Beautiful springs, two separate swimming areas, canoeing, kayaking, diving, picnic areas, grills on site, playground area for kids..you will see deer throughout the park!! I was able to hand feed them...take a walk on the long boardwalk, till it ends at the Suwanee river...Make an entire day of it or camp at the campground in a quaint cabin ( no TV's) , or in a tent..rates are reasonable and endless amount of pictures that you can take
  • Beautiful spring and overall a beautiful park. The staff are always friendly. It can get busy in the summer sometimes especially late in the day. I actually go there to do water aerobics a lot, not just swim. At any spring in FL, you are going to see wildlife. Stay away from any snakes you might see and you should be fine. We love to snorkel there because the water is so beautiful and we enjoy looking at the fish. There are springs in the area that won't let you use a float. The swimming area is big enough at Fanning that you can use floats. I've seen boats come in on the riverside, then they come over the dock/barrier to swim in beautiful, clear, blue water. I believe that they also have cabins that you can stay in but I've never been inside of one. There's also some pavilions around to eat at and a nice little play ground (with swings, slide, etc) for when your kids are bored in the water.
  • Great place to stretch your legs and give kids a break out of auto. Restrooms there but bring own food and drink
  • 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.

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