Step into a world of deer, manatee, and unknown river surprises at Manatee Springs State Park. The campground here is placed delicately in the FL scrub and is surrounded by short hiking trails that pass by major sinkholes. Swimming in the headspring is eye-opening. The cave entrance is mesmerizing. There is a larger cave entrance near the main swimming area, however some eutrophication seems to have taken over the surface currently. #Savethesprings
Been here twice and loved the camp lay out. Sites have a little gap between them for the most part. Facilities are very nice and large. The spring area is built up nicely with easy access. Would suggest this based on location and accommodations nearby if you need any forgotten items.
A great place to kayak! You will be able to see a lot of manatees if you are lucky. The showers are large. The campsites are good and shaded. It is slightly tight in some spots if you have a large camper or RV. But overall very relaxing campground with beautiful springs.
Great Camping with well maintained sites. Lots of animals like deer, raccoon, armadillos, alligators and manatees. Definitely snakes but that's everywhere. Sites vary in sizes but pricing is very decent. They have renovated bathrooms and showers. They have kayak rentals and the springs are great for swimming, snorkelling and diving. They also have a boat dock that can offer tours of the river. During winter months you can see plenty of Manatee and even kayak in the water with them. Highly recommended you try kayaking at least one. There are also walking trails and most of them are good for mountain bikes. Overall it's a great state park with many things to do. Great to go with a group of campers to enjoy fires at night and the springs during the day.
Nice campground close to the spring. Good hiking trails. Biking is iffy because of the loose sand, but doable. Just be ready for that fast stop in loose sand.
I believe they built a new bathhouse recently.
Be sure to have all your supplies as the closest town is a bit of a drive. Cell service was marginal.
The snack bar at the spring, when we were there, was an awesome bbq.
There’s a nice boardwalk along the spring run. We were there when there were no manatees so swimming was nice, but cool. Always 72°
We came during the week in the summer and the campgrounds were peaceful. There were lots of deer roaming the camps but I think that was due to the fact that people were feeding them which is disturbing. Our campsite (#11) was a dirt site which was not good when it rained (and it did). They have some gravel sites and a few concrete sites available as well. The hookups for the sites are not very well thought out. The hookup for the sewage was well far forward of any traditional RV or trailer’s setup. In addition, our site required us to dump UP HILL!! Gravity said otherwise. Would I stay again? Probably, but I would be more particular about which site I chose. Manatee Springs itself has great swimming in a small area and is a good spot for kayaking in the Suwannee River. The map they give you at the Ranger station is not to scale, everything is much closer together than it appears. A con is that we had no cell service in the campground. There was WiFi provided at the concession stand at the Springs but it was poor. Additionally, there is only one dumpster for the campgrounds at it is at the RV dump station which is a bit of a walk if you don’t have a car with you.
Very nice, cute and clean place !
This place has gorgeous springs. You can only swim if the manatees are gone. People were also scuba diving underneath us while we swam. The water is always 72 degrees year round. We also rented a canoe and paddled out to the river but the current was pretty strong. We paddled back and approached the swimming area and saw a little gator, almost ran it over.
They have a nice store next to the springs and they sell food too.
The site hosts were very helpful and very nice.
The deer will walk right up to you because they have no fear of people.
Wonderfully quiet. Store where you can rent canoes. Dock to go fishing. River is quiet and deer Comte right through your campsite.
I wish we could have stayed longer! We arrived late to our reservation after driving from Texas. The people we talked to at the office are super nice and helpful, and provided us with a gate code to get in.
Even in the dark, we had no problem navigating our way into our campsite. I booked an RV site, even though we were tent-ing, as it was the same low price either way. The sites are very spacious and the grounds are beautiful. Bath and shower house was very clean.
Come morning, we had a couple of deer visit us!
They have canoe, kayak, sup, etc for rent for great prices. The river is beautiful, and abundant with wildlife. Saw plenty of birds, fish, alligators and snakes. Next was the spring, and that was out of this world.
We have a new favorite Campground!