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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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  • A Wonderful time swimming in this spring. Had a lovely time with family on a Sunday afternoon. We were with someone with a prosthetic leg and there is a good place to walk into the spring with hand... 
    A Wonderful time swimming in this spring. Had a lovely time with family on a Sunday afternoon. We were with someone with a prosthetic leg and there is a good place to walk into the spring with hand...  more »
  • Highly recommended for one or a family. Beautiful, bring snorkel and fins. Cooling place to swim- crystal clear water. Live Oaks with moss dripping off. Boardwalk to the river entrance. Camp... 
    Highly recommended for one or a family. Beautiful, bring snorkel and fins. Cooling place to swim- crystal clear water. Live Oaks with moss dripping off. Boardwalk to the river entrance. Camp...  more »
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  • This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds in the Florida. I have been to Genie Springs for camping but Manatee is underrated and I believe it's better than most of the springs and campgrounds. It's great if you make a booking in advance. The spring was not that good as compared to others but the camping experience was memorable. They provide water and electricity, it could have been better if they could provide a garbage can as well. I am sharing some pictures.
  • We came here to visit in the beginning of June. We did not see any manatees but when we arrived around 9a.m. we were pleased to find that there was hardly anyone at the park. It was 6$ per vehicle to park here and it looks like there is a lot of campsites here as well. The trees are beautiful and provide lots of shade from the hot sun. Dogs are not allowed in a lot of places in near the springs but they are allowed in the water only at the boat launch dock. Our dog loved dipping his toes in the water. The water was beautiful and serene in the early morning. Very refreshing on a hot day. We will be back here for sure!

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