Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Equestrian
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Manatee Springs State Park
Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
WiFi
Location
Manatee Springs State Park is located in Florida
Latitude
29.496 N
Longitude
-82.966 W
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31 Reviews of Manatee Springs State Park
Favorite campground on our 2 week trip

Loved everything about this place, except our sewer drain was too high. Use the dump station instead. Boardwalk through swamp is amazing. Wildlife incredibly friendly. We had deer and raccoon walking through our site in the evening. Kids loved biking around, getting oranges out of trees, playground, more. Kayak rentals on site.

Abundant wildlife and trails.

This was our first stop(Jan 2-3) on a trip south seeking warmer weather. Easy access to the park and quick and painless check-in process with reservations. The main road in the campground is fine but the roads to the sites are gravel with potholes. The park has abundant wildlife—we observed many deer, five manatee, a ground tortoise, and hundreds of vultures. Even managed to pick up three ticks while walking in the woods behind our campsite, but none on the marked trails or boardwalk. It was a bit chilly for swimming for us but others were swimming in the springs and kayaking to and from the Suwanee River. We regretted not bringing our kayaks, and did not rent one, but the rates are average. The campsite was spacious with trees or bushes separating nearby campsites. Good place to ride bikes on road and trails. We also walked the Sink Hole Trail. Bathrooms and showers were well maintained. Little to no cell phone service with ATT or Verizon, even near the concession which reportedly had Wi-Fi. No trash receptacles in the campground loops so Trash must be deposited at the dump site away from the campground, but it is an easy walk or bike ride. Nice campground with beautiful springs and wildlife. Would definitely go back again.

Terrific Camp ground and staff!

Wonderful large shady sites surrounded by wildlife. There are Deer everywhere. Great CLEAN Bath/ shower houses w/ Hot water! Terrific staff and very helpful getting my mobility challenged husband in and out of the Canoe. The Spring is beautiful and they have a handicap LIFT for those in need! GREAT RIBS smoked on property for a very reasonable price. I cant say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay here!

My favorite local campground

I’ve stayed here a few times. Close to bike trail. Hiking trails clearly marked. Sites and restrooms clean and well maintained. Sites are shady and nice size.

Love the wildlife

State park off the beaten path. Rv sites can be tight, lots of tent sites. Springs area is small but cave divers are always there. Make sure you check for ticks.

A Quiet Northern Feel

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

Wonderful camp ground

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.

beautiful water, secluded campsites

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 and Kayaking

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.

Off the beaten path

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°