Today, crowds collect on hot summertime days– the spring is 72 degrees F year-round– for swimming and snorkeling.
In the 1940s, Fanning Springs was a popular personal health club and swimming resort, with a water slide and Ferris wheel.
Looking across the swimming area from the floating docks
Fanning Springs is one of Floridas biggest first-magnitude springs, so most of the activity is concentrated on the showy, deep spring basin.
Those who take a roam down the boardwalk will find that the primary spring is but one of lots of, with dozens of little bubbling springs feeding the floodplain basin.
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Place: Fanning SpringsTrailhead: 29.59101,-82.933031 Address: 18020 NW SR 19, Fanning SpringsFees: $4-6 per vehicleRestroom: At the concession above the spring basinLand supervisor: Florida State ParksPhone: 352-463-3420
Open 8 AM until sunset daily. Leashed animals welcome however are not allowed around the swimming location.
About the Park.
A collection of cabins with contemporary facilities makes Fanning Springs State Park a great location to establish a base camp.
A concessionaire offers a sandwich shop and drifts and offers rental tubes for use in the spring basin.
The park is also a stop for paddlers on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and for cyclists on the Nature Coast Trail.
Checking out the depths of the main spring.
Fanning Springs State Park is right along United States 19 simply south of the Suwannee River bridge in Fanning Springs, north of Chiefland and west of Trenton and Gainesville.
Its an ideal location for spring hopping up and down the Suwannee River, especially during the summertime.
Scuba divers have the chance to explore the 65 million gallon flow as it puts out into the river.
The primary swimming area at the spring.
2 brief tracks offer a way to check out the park on foot.
Spanning more than 31 miles in between Chiefland, Cross City, and Trenton, the Nature Coast Trail is a paved bike course with a long span bridge over the Suwannee River to the north of Fanning Springs.
You must traverse a tenth of a mile with your canoe or kayak to the hand launch.
To the south, the trail has a long stretch down a wooded corridor through Andrews WMA and rural houses into Chiefland, with a side course linking to Manatee Springs State Park.
The Palmetto Path (formerly the Fanning Springs Nature Trail explained in 50 Hikes in North Florida) is a loop that begins not far from the state park cabins.
It leads you through the forest past sinkholes along a walkway that loops roughly a mile, emerging near a view of the head spring.
Besides the primitive outdoor camping area for cyclists and paddlers, Fanning Springs State Park has cabins for guest lodging.
The boardwalk circles around the spring basin.
Nature Coast Trail terminus in Trenton.
Start of the Palmetto Path.
Bring your own kayak or canoe to put-in at Fanning Springs, or call their outfitter ahead of time for a day-to-day rental.
Bicyclists can ride out the primary gate to obstruct the Nature Coast Trail within a half mile where it crosses US 19 to the east of the park.
Like lots of cabins in Florida State Parks, these are big enough to share with good friends or household, more the size of a house than a little cabin in the woods.
There is an observation deck along the river near completion of the spring run.
Paddlers on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail can get and utilize a riverside primitive outdoor camping location on their multi-day paddling trips. Call ahead to get an area.
The Suwannee River Boardwalk slips through a floodplain forest along the edge of the spring, where more small springs develop streams draining to the river.
Primitive outdoor camping area on the river bank.
One accessible cabin is available. While linens and kitchenware used to be basic with cabin leasings, inspect ahead to be sure.
Suwannee River Wilderness TrailShowcasing springs, sandy beaches, waterfalls, and haunting swamp forests where manatees gather, the 170-mile Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a paddling journey of a lifetime.
Nature Coast TrailConnecting 3 rural counties, the Nature Coast Trail provides a number of different ways to ride in between towns along 31.5 miles of paved bike path.
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife RefugeOne of Floridas more remote National Wildlife Refuges, the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge spans two counties, protecting a sweep of more than 53,000 acres and 30 miles of coastline along the Big Bend.
See our pictures of Fanning Springs.
Hart SpringsA appeal spot along the Suwannee River north of Fanning Springs, Hart Springs provides swimming, treking, outdoor camping, and cavern diving in a rural setting near Trenton.
More worth checking out while youre in this location.
Park Map (PDF) Reserve Cabin Official Website.