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Manatee Springs State Park

#1 of 5 things to do in Chiefland Features Animals
Chiefland, FL
+1 352-493-6072
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Beautiful place

The water is ice cold, and clear. Easy access to the water. Picnic tables with grills everywhere... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reba C
Chiefland, Florida
via mobile
Enjoying our state park

Fabulous park, clean, beautiful springs.. definitely a must see, see the manatees when it starts... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chiefland, Florida
via mobile
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Warm spring water sends the manatees here for the winter months.
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Chiefland, FL
+1 352-493-6072
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The water is ice cold, and clear. Easy access to the water. Picnic tables with grills everywhere. There is a play ground for little ones and a concession stand for the hungry. At $6 a carload its a cheap day to spend with the kids

Thank Reba C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous park, clean, beautiful springs.. definitely a must see, see the manatees when it starts getting cooler

Thank swedeharte
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in June and the area was very quiet and serene. There were no manatees in the springs, just a lot of divers getting certified. We walked a little bit of the trails but couldn't go on most of them because we had our...More

Thank RovingBel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made reservations for tent camping. Arrived at check in and was told that there was a downside to the site we had chosen. Mind you we reviewed the site map before making the reservation. Our "tent site" was a concrete pad. While there was dirt...More

1  Thank crfjax52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Manatee Springs State Park was a quality find. My wife and I recently visited the park for the first time and had a really nice time. The young men running the concession stand were extremely respectful and very helpful (one was Caleb, I unfortunately didn't...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The park was nice if you like Rustic,in a woods area.The showers were fine.The spring is pretty,many swam in 72° water .Staff was nice.BbQ good at the spring area.We enjoyed the pontoon ride.We were surprised that deer were so used to people.They came up to...More

Thank Vickie K
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Spent 3 nights in the park over 4th of July---well maintained park--large sites for trailers---clean restroom facilities--respectful/responsible neighboring campers. Springs are absolutely beautiful---be prepared for the cold water---it will take your breath---although felt good when temp is 95!!! Good hiking trail in the park with...More

1  Thank Greg D
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in the Magnolia 2 Loop Campground in the state park. We stayed Monday-Thursday. It exceeded all expectations!!! We loved the wildlife, yes, it was amazing to see the deer come up in our campsite everyday! We loved swimming in the...More

Thank sheri t
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We only stopped in for a few hours on a Saturday. Had a fantastic time swimming in the spring with my wife and children. Loved it.

Thank jgsully
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I stopped by on our way to the FL Panhandle! I was there about 20 years ago when my parents lived in Chiefland but I had forgotten how beautiful the Springs were. We walked down the boardwalk ( which wasn't there the...More

Thank Kelly S
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3 May 2017|
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Response from Kimberly D | Reviewed this property |
Anderson's Outdoor Adventures is the name of the concessions vendor in the park and they provide camping equipment but they do not have snorkeling equipment. I am sure they could direct you to anyplace that would rent... More
25 March 2017|
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Response from mamawakamole |
Found my own answer, yes for trees over 12" in diameter with straps 1" or more.
3 March 2017|
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Response from Screwball | Reviewed this property |
Didn't see any golf carts when we were there. Perhaps you can inquire at the front gate?