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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.

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  • This is yet another gorgeous Florida spring! It’s well worth the time or an enjoyable detour from the highway. Great spring for swimming, too.  more »
  • All Scuba Divers Must Register at the Ranger Station Prior to Diving at the Catfish Hotel. Manatee Springs allows swimming. The water in Manatee Springs is a little cloudy but it is a beautiful...  more »
  • My wife and I spent a long weekend and can't say enough good things about the park. We didn't venture out very far but I would highly recommend booking in Magnolia loop 2 if you have a smaller camper. Very secluded with only 4-5 spots in the loop. The spring was a little cloudy due to the amount of rain but was still quite beautiful. The weather was actually nicer than expected and the campsite was really shaded. My wife and I were amazed at how close the deer came to the camper.... please don't feed them. You might see an occasional possum and some raccoons. Restrooms and bath house was clean and well lit 24hrs a day. Quiet time is strongly enforced, which was nice. Would definitely recommend booking. Hopefully next time we'll be able to walk the trails a little more. There's definitely a lot to do, canoeing, tubing, diving, definitely will be back again.
  • Beautiful, just beautiful! I cannot say enough about this place. Swimming in the springs, a long walk with nature & manatees ( certain time of year) down the boardwalk, which takes you straight to the Suwanee River. Barbecues, families, gatherings, playground equipment. Best of all, the deer are so friendly they will feed from your hand.. IN THE PARKING LOT! Have a great day & night, if you decide to camp overnight. Get back to nature at Manatee Springs State Park!

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