Known as the “Gateway to the Suwannee River” Fanning Springs State Parkand the nearby fort are a wonderful stop when traveling along the west coast of Florida. Located just off Hwy 19/27 you will find a pristine spring that pushes out an average of 65 million gallons of water daily, making it one of Florida’s 33 first magnitude springs.
The locals know this place well for its swimming, snorkeling and fishing. The picnic area overlooking the spring is a nice wide open area and many events are held here each year. Across the highway from the springs is the historic 1836 Fort Fanning that has been partially recreated and another fine location to view the mighty Suwannee River from.
At the state park you will find primitive camping and cabin rentals are available, there is a nice boardwalk that takes you down to the riverfront where you can enjoy the Suwannee River. This park is also accessible from the river and many kayakers stop by in the summer for a quick dip in the spring.
Fall and winter are the best times to come out to photograph the spring as the air is too chilly for swimming and with the water temperature a steady 72 degrees year round the mornings always have a misty haze floating just over the water.
The water here is crystal clear and the blues that reflect form the bottom of the pool is magnificent when the sun hits. There is also a .75 mile nature trail to explore and lots of wildlife in the surrounding area.
For more information on what to see and do in the area visit: http://www.fanningspringschamber.com/
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