We recently camped at Manatee Springs and the highlight of this park is their beautiful swim area with a dock all along the head spring. The campsites were fair and the bathrooms were not bad and included showers. There was a nice trail w/boardwalk that was great for viewing the swamp and flora & fauna. The boardwalk went down to the Suwannee River that offered a great place to fish or to view some big Sturgeons that start jumping around dusk.
We felt that the campsites were a little neglected compared to other Florida State Parks we had visited.
There is a nice cafe that also serves beer & wine.
We viewed the "Dive Spring" called "Catfish Hotel" which had a inch layer of green scum that was not very appealing except to mosquitoes.
There is a nice playground and this would be a great place to picnic with family and friends.
*There is also Fanning Springs State Park that is approx. 10 min. away that also has a GREAT swimming hole!
This is a nice camping area there are bathrooms with showers, water and electric at most camping sites, the raccoons will go through your things looking for food. It has a freshwater spring that has grown a lot of algae about 6 Years ago it was very blue now just a small section of blue remains. The spring was relatively empty until 12pm when traffic picked up and then only one or two people ventured in. There are kayaks available to rent and a food/snack shop. There are caves available to dive in but the area was covered in duckweed. No life guard on duty but the rangers are pretty vigilant.
Friendly staff. Great place for kayaking, nice trails. Beautiful spring for swimming and snorkeling. RV camp sites with privacy, shade and full hookups. The bathhouse at the campground was clean. During the winter you can enjoy the manatees.
Hooved friends meandering about the campsite all the time. The water is cool and crystal clear for a great view of the many manatee that visit annually. Great hiking trails and clean facilities. Hosts were very friendly and kind!
We had an amazing camp experience at Manateee Springs. We stayed on Magnolia 1 loop with woods to the back of our site. We were greeted every am and evening by beautiful dear. The spring is beautiful! Make sure to bring your snorkeling gear; it looks like another planet below the water. There are some trails that we biked also which were a little sandy but fun since we brought our mountain bikes. Camp was quiet and the bathroom was ver clean. We will definitely be back!
You can walk to the manatee-filled springs from your campsite, so we were in the water at sunrise. Bring a wetsuit and a kayak if you have them, or rent from nearby. Pros: very close to the water and the manatees, boat tours available from the State Park, not far from grocery/restaurants/etc. in a little town to the east, good sized sites, good privacy, clean, quiet even when full, good land & marine wildlife, attendants had the latest manatee info (calves). Cons: sites are near the water but no views from the water, river isn’t super calm (we saw a few people struggling in the current).
Very nice SP - The water temperature is supposed to be 72 degrees year round so a little chilly ;-) Very nice spots to take some awesome pictures and see amazing sites. Definitely check this one out!
My daughter and I tent camped on Mother's Day weekend. The grounds were booked but from our spot, we still had privacy and quiet. Spaces were level and came with a picnic table, fire pit, plenty of trees and wildlife! We hiked through about 8 miles of trails, walked the boardwalks through the Springs and enjoyed the beautiful springs themselves! Bathrooms were clean and the ones we were closest to weren't busy.