A visit to Fanning Springs

October 2011

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.

Fanning Spring

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.

Boardwalk to the Suwannee River

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.

Gateway to the Suwannee River

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/

If you are interested in booking a camping or kayaking adventure in this area please give us a call! We would love to show you around this wonderful area!

Check out our website at Http://www.notaclueadventures.com for more information. You will also find us on facebook!

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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