City of Fanning Springs, Florida

Fanning Springs is a city in Gilchrist County, Florida. This natural spring, located on the Suwanee River, is popular with tourists and locals who are looking to cool off on a hot summer day by taking a swim in the spring. Also, being able to see the occasional manatee adds to the Spring’s allure. Snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing along with hiking and camping all make for fantastic activities to enjoy in Fanning Springs.

Fanning Springs State Park is located along the Suwannee River and has crystal clear waters with a temperature of 72 degrees year-round; perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Along the beautiful blue waters, the park offers options for grilling and picnicking around the live oaks and a boardwalk leading you to a cypress swamp. The boardwalk also gives an amazing overlook of the Suwannee River and its amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. In the winter months it is common to see manatees swimming up towards the warmer waters and during summer months you can see musk turtles, bass mullet, freshwater flounder, and bowfin. Fanning Springs State Park is perfect for a day with family and friends to enjoy water activities and natural Florida sight-seeing throughout the entire park.

Manatees swimming through the spring

Nature Coast State Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, connecting Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs, and Chiefland. Along the 32-mile trail, visitors can choose from two primary paths that run parallel to the abandoned rail lines that meet at Wilcox Junction. Along with hiking, mountain biking, and a variety of other activities, Nature Coast also sports a 4.5-mile equestrian trail. Noted as "one of the state's best bike trails," Nature Coast State Trail takes you over the Suwannee River Trestle, delivering beautiful views of the river and the abundant wildlife. 

Suwannee River Trestle