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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  • This park was perfect. The facilities were clean and it was not over crowded at all. The picnic areas were well shaded and the swim area easily accessed 
    This park was perfect. The facilities were clean and it was not over crowded at all. The picnic areas were well shaded and the swim area easily accessed  more »
  • This is a beautiful park. There was a nice 3/4 mile hike that we walked twice. It has signs around the trail to introduce plant and animal life. The spring is closed for swimming but you can walk....  more
    This is a beautiful park. There was a nice 3/4 mile hike that we walked twice. It has signs around the trail to introduce plant and animal life. The spring is closed for swimming but you can walk....  more »
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  • Beautiful state park. They also have cabins for rent here. There are restrooms. No showers though. Large swimming area and picnic tables with pavilions. They have pavilions for rent. It's 6 dollars for a car full(6 people) and $2 for additional people. No lifeguards on duty. You can bring your own flotation devices as well which is nice.
  • Plenty of picnic tables available to sit and have lunch at. We visited in January on a sunday afternoon. It was much less crowded than in the spring and summer. There were a few people swimming and some people in full diving gear. We saw a manatee during our visit. The spring is very clear and beautiful. The rangers were very friendly.

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