Fanning Springs State Park
Open: Open all year
About: on the Suwannee River, this inviting source of cool, clear water has attracted people for thousands of years. Fanning Springs produces about 65 million gallons of water daily, making it one of Florida’s 33 first-magnitude springs. Swimming or snorkeling in the spring is a refreshing activity on a hot day. Visitors can enter the park by boat from the Suwannee River or by car from U.S. 19/98. Visitors enjoy the picnic area, playground and sandy volleyball court. A boardwalk overlooks the spring and river. Seasonal concessions provide food and canoe/kayak rentals. White-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and barred owls are some of the animals seen in the park. Manatees sometimes visit the spring during the winter months. Five full-service cabins are available for rent. Primitive camping is available for a fee.
Tent camping is available only to those arriving by kayak, bicycle or on foot. The large site, with moderate shade and very little understory vegetation, can be sub-divided to accommodate approximately 25 people. Larger groups can be accommodated, but need to pre-arrange with the park. The site is located at the top of the bank above the canoe launch on the Suwannee River. The nearest restroom (separate rooms for men and women) is ADA accessible and approximately 600 feet away with an outside, open, cold water shower. No electricity at the site and the closest water faucet is about 300 feet away. There is one campfire circle. Reservations are not needed, but we encourage campers to make arrangements in advance if possible. Call the park at (352) 463-3420 for more information.
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