John and I spent some time checking out Fanning Springs State Park in Fanning Springs, Florida. Fanning Spring produces 65 million gallons of water daily, making it a second-magnitude spring, and the water is a cool 72 degrees year-round.
John and I enjoyed the scenic boardwalk path through large cypress trees and ended with a breathtaking overlook of the Suwannee River. While walking the boardwalk, we found ourselves lucky to observe a beautiful hawk perched in the trees. It even stood still long enough for us to get a good picture—a rare occurrence with our photography skills.
White-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and barred owls are some of the animals that may be seen around the park. An overlook at the park allows you to see the spring in its entirety and has a spectacular view of the boil.
I tested out the waters in the swimming hole, and yep, it’s chilly, but it was a warm day in the high 80’s, and after the initial shock of the cold water on the body, I found it to be cooling and refreshing.
One of the neatest things about swimming in a clear spring is being able to get a great view of the fish and turtles that are swimming alongside you. Snorkeling is also a popular activity in the spring.
Open water scuba divers are welcome in the designated swimming area. Divers must have proper certification.
A canoe and kayak launch is available at the north end of the park but you must bring your own. There are no kayak/canoe rentals at the park.
Fanning Springs State Park is a great place for a family to spend a hot Florida day. It has excellent picnic facilities with grills under large shade trees, a fantastic cool swimming hole, and a beautiful view of the Suwannee River.
Fanning Springs State Park is located at 18020 N.W. Highway 19
Fanning Springs, FL. Hours are 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. The Entrance Fee is $6 per vehicle.
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