Fanning Springs State Park
Welcome to Fanning Springs State Park
Located along the meandering Suwannee River, Fanning Spring in an inviting source of cool, clear crisp water that has attracted people for thousands of years. Fanning Springs now produces around 65 million gallons of water daily, making it a second magnitude spring. Historically, Fanning Spring was a first-magnitude springs as recently as the 1990s.
Visitors can enter the park by boat from the Suwannee River or by vehicle from US HWY 19. The springs not only offer the perfect 72 degrees water to cool down on hot Florida days, it also offers an abundance of underwater wildlife to view such as musk turtles, bass, mullet, freshwater flounder, bowfin, and during the colder days manatees to name a few. We offer an ADA chairlift for anyone who needs assistance into the spring, just contact the ranger station for more information 352-463-3420. We have an overlook that allows you to see the spring in its entirety and has an awesome view of the boil.
Visitors can enjoy grilling and picnicking under the majestic live oaks, kids can swing and run around at the playground and friends and family can have a friendly game of volleyball on the white sand volleyball court. We have a boardwalk that allows you to step back in time to old Florida as you stroll through a breathtaking cypress swamp with cypress knees standing 6 feet tall. This boardwalk ends with an overlook allowing you to see the Suwannee river and all it has to offer, including massive sturgeons jumping during the summer months. White-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and barred owls are some of the animals that may be seen around the park.
Not only can visitors enjoy grilling, swimming, and the great outdoors you can extend your stay in one of our five full-service fully equipped cabins which are available for rent. For those adventurers who enjoy primitive camping we offer a primitive camping area that is only assessible by hiking, biking, and those arriving by the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.
For those doing day trips, don’t forget the Nature Coast State Trail and Manatee Springs State Park. The Nature Coast State Trail provides an excellent opportunity to experience the Sunshine State's Natural North Florida. In the early 1900s, trains were replacing the steamship as the freight and passenger carrier throughout the Suwannee River Valley. Today, visitors can retrace this historic route of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad, traversing 32 miles of Florida's beautiful Nature Coast region. It consists of two primary alignments built along abandoned rail lines that intersect at Wilcox Junction, connecting the communities of Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland.
Cabins and Lodging at Fanning Springs State Park
Our cabins are located along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail with access to the Suwannee River, hiking trails and a second magnitude spring Our spacious two-bedroom cabins have central heating and cooling, an electric fireplace, screened porch and kitchenette. We do not offer T.V.s or phones. Cabins are equipped with linens and kitchen utensils. Although the cabins have room to accommodate 6 people, it only has 3 beds (1 double and 2 twins). Guest are welcome to bring cots and linens to accommodate 2 additional people if needed. An ADA accessible cabin is available.
There is a minimum two night stay in cabins on weekends and holidays, either Friday and Saturday night, or Saturday and Sunday night. A single Friday or Saturday night may be reserved only if the following Saturday or Sunday night is already reserved.
Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287. Pets are not permitted in cabins.