Manatee Springs State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

Near Chiefland, Florida, Manatee Springs State Park is the perfect place in the summer because the natural spring pumps over 100 million gallons of water averaging 72 degrees. It is one of over 300 documented springs in the area around this park, and the blue water is extremely clear, allowing you to see the fish. You can easily walk down the stairs near the springs to swim in the water. After working up an appetite, visit this park's snack bar for outstanding barbecue sandwiches. You can rent kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, or a pontoon, or you can opt for a guided tour of the Suwannee River. This state park, which has been declared a National Natural Landmark, sits in the Suwannee Valley near Gainesville, Cross City, and Horseshoe Beach, Florida.

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Weather
Spring 56–82 F
Summer 70–91 F
Fall 65–86 F
Winter 44-70 F
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Nearby Cities
Chiefland, FL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Manatee Springs State Park

This Florida park's location is relatively isolated, so consider bringing your RV and staying at the park. If you do not have one, then rent one on RVshare.com so that you do not miss a minute of the fun.

Manatee Springs State Park Campground

Stay at Manatee Springs State Park Campground, which is located near the spring. You can go biking, boating, fishing, and do many other activities. Rates start at $20 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Hiking, boating, fishing 

Southern Leisure RV Park

A variety of planned programs are available at Southern Leisure RV Park. You can also swim in the heated pool or work out in the exercise room. Rates start at about $69 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Game room, exercise room, heated pool 

Breezy Acres RV Park

Even the largest RVs will have plenty of space to park at Breezy Acres RV Park. You can enjoy playing games in the recreation hall, hosting a picnic under the pavilion, or playing the many outdoor games at this campground. Rates start at about $26 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Recreation hall, pavilion, outdoor games 

Lucky Charm RV Park

Swim in the pool, relax in the hot tub, or rent a bike at Lucky Charm RV Park in Old Town, Florida. Rates start at about $32 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Outdoor pool, hot tub, shuffleboard 

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What to Do at
Manatee Springs State Park

Inside Manatee Springs State Park

From March to September, you may be able to swim with a manatee at this state park. Largemouth bass, catfish, and mullet can often be caught by fishing from the on-site boardwalk or along the shores of the Suwannee River. Wind your way around and through cypress swamps, sinkhole ponds, and upland areas on 8.5 miles of hiking trails. Rent a boat or bring your own and arrange for shuttle service back to this park to explore the Suwannee River even further. You can also go open-water and cavern diving at this state park.

Outside Manatee Springs State Park

In addition to all the fantastic things to do at Manatee Springs State Park, you can find many great activities to enjoy in the surrounding area. The Gulf of Mexico is less than 45 minutes away. Many enjoy going on scenic drives while staying in this area.

Restaurants

Bar-B-Que Bill's

Get barbecue pork ribs, chicken, and sausage served with sides such as baked beans, green beans, and baked sweet potatoes at this restaurant.

Type: BBQ

Location: 1901 N Young Blvd, Chiefland, FL 32626

The Gathering Table

Find hot and fresh food on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet tables at The Gathering Table. Many of the dishes served here are made with local produce and meat whenever possible.

Type: Buffet

Location: 116 N Main St, Chiefland, FL 32626

ABC Pizza

In 1950, six brothers from Greece immigrated to the United States to start this restaurant. At the Chiefland location, you will enjoy delicious Italian dishes served with pride. 

Type: Italian

Location: 1285 NW Highway 19, Chiefland, FL 32626

BubbaQue’s

The only thing this redneck-themed restaurant takes seriously is their barbecue. You will want to indulge in their beef, chicken, and pork prepared following recipes originally perfected for family gatherings.

Type: BBQ

Location: 1306 N Young Blvd, Chiefland, FL 32626

Ralph's Burger House

For more than 40 years, people have been coming to this location for outstanding burgers, fries, and milkshakes.

Type: Diner

Location: 15 Rodgers Blvd, Chiefland, FL 32626

Shopping

The Rooster Tail Boutique

You are never sure what will appear at this boutique cooperative. Some of the items commonly sold here include furniture, wall art, window treatments, kitchenware, and designer fashion.

Location: 714 N Main St, Chiefland, FL 32626

Chiefland Farm Supply

If you need to make repairs to your camping equipment or get ready to start your honey-do list when you get home, stop at Chiefland Farm Supply. You can find hardware, feed, lumber, clothing, and animal health products.

Location: 215 E. Rodgers Blvd, Chiefland, FL 32626

The Bearded Outdoor Shop

Find outdoor apparel, beard-care supplies, decals, and more at The Bearded Outdoor Shop. You can also get your beard trimmed.

Location: 26 N. Main St, Chiefland, FL 32626

The Skinny Wallet Resale Boutique

Look like you spend a million on your wardrobe – even if you have a skinny wallet – by shopping at this second-hand store. The range of items available includes learning games and clothing for the entire family.

Location: 1555 NW 27th Ct, Chiefland, FL 32626

Chiefland Farmers Flea Market

Up to 150 vendors offer a variety of things at this flea market. It is open every weekend.

Location: 1206 N Young Blvd, Chiefland, FL 32626

Sightseeing

Chiefland Astronomy Village

Come together with amateur and professional astronomers to learn more about the dark skies at Chiefland Astronomy Village. You can also take images of the night sky during the new moon monthly event.

Location: 5450 NW 52 Ct, Chiefland, FL 32626

Levy County Quilt Museum

In addition to quilts, this museum showcases other items from Chiefland’s past.

Location: 11050 NW 10th Ave, Chiefland, FL 32626

Andrews Wildlife Management Area

Hunt and hike under hardwood trees at this wildlife management area. While you're there, explore the Suwannee River paddling a boat or fishing.

Location: Old Town, FL 32680

Ichetucknee Head Springs State Park

This 2,669-acre state park contains eight major crystalline springs. You can float from one to the next while seeing a variety of animals, including beavers, otters, softshell turtles, wild turkeys, wood ducks, and limpkins.

Location: 12087 Southwest, Fort White, FL 32038

Hart Springs Park

Grab your swimsuit in the summer and head to this park for some swimming fun. You can also go canoeing or kayaking at Hart Springs Park.

Location: 4240 SW 86th Ave, Bell, FL 32619

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How to Get to
Manatee Springs State Park

It is easy to get to Manatee Springs State Park from Chiefland, Florida. Head west out of town on Southwest 4th Avenue. Turn right on Southwest 14th Street. Turn left on Northwest 19th Avenue, which becomes Northwest 115 Street. While this road makes some turns, follow it until you reach the park.

Entering Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs State Park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown for day-use activities. Campers can access on-site facilities 24/7.

Per vehicle (up to 8 people) : $6

Per vehicle (single occupant) : $4

Per person (walk-ins) : $2

This is a wonderful park to explore while hiking, biking, and paddling. If you have spent time enjoying this state park, then post about your experiences on your social media feed. Be sure to tag RVshare.com in your posts so that we can see what you and others have to say. If you prefer, then you can send your stories and photos to [email protected]