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Description - Fanning Springs is one of Florida's 27 first magnitude springs, releasing approximately 50 million gallons of water per day. The water has a constant temperature of approximately 72 degrees. This is also the average yearly air temperature for this area.

This was once the site of Fort Fanning built in 1838 during the Second Seminole War. The fort was originally called "Palmetto," but was renamed in honor of Colonel Alexander Campbell Wilder Fanning (1788-1846). Made of wood, and situated in a warm humid climate, remnants of the actual fort have long since disappeared.

Attractions - The recreation area is a fun-filled park. The picnic ground is highlighted with pavilions, ball fields, a playground, volleyball courts and hiking trails. The cool springs are perfect for an invigorating swim. Boats and canoes can enter the short spring run and for a small fee, tie up at the swimming area floating dock. The 0.75-mile nature trail takes visitors through an area clear cut of pines several decades ago. Today upland mixed hardwood and pine forest community exists. Many of the trees in the forest are over 60 feet tall, creating a dense canopy. The ground, covered by a thick layer of leaf mulch helps conserve the moisture of the sandy-clay soil.

Recreation - Fanning Springs State Recreation Area offers a variety of day use activities for the outdoor enthusiast including canoeing, boating, picnicking, fishing, swimming and snorkeling. Hiking trails include the Nature Coast State Trail, a rails-to-trails 6-mile paved path. Ball fields and volleyball courts are enjoyed as well. Year-round special events feature wildlife tours, holiday festivities and more. Overnight canoe camping is permitted.

Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - The park is located in the North Central Travel Region area of the state in the town of Fanning Springs, just off U.S. Highways 98 and 19.

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Contact Information:
Fanning Springs State Recreation Area, c/o Manatee Springs State Park, 11650 NW 115th St. , Chiefland, Fl, 32626, Phone: 352-463-3420

Additional Information:
Florida Lakes, Rivers & Springs - The lakes, rivers and springs in Florida range from huge fresh water lakes to spring-fed serpentine rivers to year-round naturally warm swimming holes.
Florida State Parks - The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.
North Central Florida - North Central Florida is the site of the state's capitol and an underground cave system that is known worldwide among cave divers.

Florida Division of Recreation & Parks - Official agency website.


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