Manatee Springs State Park

     


Chiefland, Florida
Phone: (352) 493-6072

Sites: 72
Recent Rate: $20 8/2014


Latitude: 29.4895921769415
Longitude: -82.9739419181094

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 23
  • Good 30
  • Average 12
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0

66 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

DS650

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Just like so many Florida State Parks it's in disrepair. The bathhouse in the Magnolia loop was nasty. Showers were filthy, toilets backing up and filthy, the rest of the boathouse just nasty. The campground needs an upgrade. There is also a tick issue so dog owners beware and also watch yourself. Positive, staff was nice and spring and trails were awesome. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Diane Yeager

Review Count: 75
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is for Florida senior. The Hickory loop is open enough to negotiate with our 26 ft RV. I'm not sure a big rig could utilize this park, especially the other loops. It is very shady, which makes TV and cell reception more difficult. We were able to receive only 1 major network and several PBS channels. Showers are clean and centrally located. Utilities are adequate. Due to flooding, the springs were closed. We had deer wandering through our site both morning and evening. Walking the dog at night, I also heard some animal in the open dumpster, but since bears have been sighted in this part of Florida, I didn't check to see...maybe it was a raccoon. We would like to return when we can access the whole park. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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TheJim

Review Count: 231
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

When we camped here the boardwalk and springs were closed because of flooding, so we did not get the full experience. Still, it was a very nice park. It was almost empty during our mid-week visit so it was nice and calm. We stayed in the “Hick” loop. One of the “Mag1” loop was closed. We had no problem in getting into a nice site with our 27 foot motorhome. It is true that the campground road is some pretty big potholes and has trees pretty close the roadway. The 30 amp electrical hookup was solid with good voltage. We worked very hard to find a hole in the trees to get satellite and were successful; most sites would not have satellite. Our Verizon phone and data were very marginal – almost not functional. There was WiFi just a short walk away at the snack stand. There is a nice smaller Walmart and a Winn-Dixie in Chiefland about 7 miles away. We liked the campground and would certainly camp here again. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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Euri

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this park. The manatees were amazing. Loved the long boardwalk to the Suwanee River. Wi-Fi is available at the great concession right by the springs. Would definitely recommend a stay here. Great bathrooms but no laundry. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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Jay Rutherford

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very popular park which was full over the Presidents' Day weekend. The manatees that can be seen in the outfall of the huge Manatee Springs are an attraction for day users as well as campers. The price shown covers the $20 nightly fee for water and electric, plus the 9% sales tax (the “community” of Manatee Springs charges a 2% local option tax beyond 7% state sales tax). The bathrooms were clean and in good condition. The narrow roads inside the campgrounds are compacted sand as are the individual sites, leading to tracking sand into the camper. In addition, the interior roads are potholed and rough. Our Verizon air card and Verizon cell phone worked marginally, and sometimes not at all, and there were only 5 TV stations we could get over the air. Apparently the park is in a “hole” as a couple of miles back towards town, the phone worked well. The map provided when we checked in rated each site based on depth, so many sites would not be good for rigs over 30 feet. We watched some larger rigs get into place, which was a challenge at the sites we could see. Seven miles into Chiefland provides the opportunity to take the 32 mile Nature Coast State Trail, a beautiful three-pronged paved trail to nearby communities. There is a Walmart and many other stores in Chiefland, plus a number of restaurants. If we were to visit the area again, we'd stay here. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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DS650

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The springs are so refreshing and just beautiful. The campground has nice tree cover and spacing between sites. The water pressure was good and 30 amp electric worked fine. The bath house is old and dated, but I was told they are getting ready to update this park. These updates will make this a real gem. Deer would come right into the campground. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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rv-dreaming

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is beautiful and the springs were very nice, but the bathrooms were always dirty. There is not enough trash containers. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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Florida Native

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Great camp ground. We saw about 30 deer and even had 5 in our campsite in the morning. Very good for a state park. My rate is the senior rate which is half price. The sites are all sand, but firmly packed and we had no trouble. The interior road are tight, but we saw several tag axle coaches going through. The springs are about 1/4 mile away. We saw numerous manatee there. This is a great spot for kids as well as us older folks. Good places to eat in Chiefland which is about 10 minutes away. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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snabo

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

It was unusual, to say the least, to see SCUBA divers plunking their way through the woods in full gear as they headed for diving in the turquoise spring water. The forested walking trails were delightful and offered a lovely view of basking turtles in the river. Our pull-through site was level and comfortable, making it easy to stay connected for an early morning departure. Restroom/showers were adequate. The park had more to offer than we could enjoy on our one-night stay. We'll return here to check it out more carefully. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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PegL

Review Count: 99
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed a very pleasant 2 week stay here in site #94, which is right next to the trail to the Springs in Hickory Loop. Yes, the campground is rather rustic. Yes, the roads are a bit bumpy in the loop, but the ambiance and beauty of the campground is worth it! This is NOT a resort and if that's what you're looking for, pass on this park. There are plenty of sites large enough for a big rig in Hickory loop and a couple of sites in Magnolia loop; although, it would be a challenge to navigate the tight road through Magnolia with a large rig. Hickory is also tight but very doable if you're careful. If you want a lot of beautiful hiking trails, a gorgeous spring where you can swim year round, an opportunity to see dozens of cave divers come and go from the "Catfish Hotel" cave area, then you'll like it. We enjoyed daily walks to the end of the almost mile long boardwalk to the Suwannee River to see the manatees and vultures sitting in the trees. We saw a "Limpkin", a rarely sighted Florida bird here several times. We had deer visit near our campsite almost daily and we saw several large gopher tortoise holes while out hiking the many trails. The park is a very quick and easy 6 miles to Chiefland where they have plenty of shopping and services available, including a wonderful large produce stand very near the road from the park. We have devices with both ATT and Verizon and with a Wilson antenna were able to stay connected via cell phone and Internet while here. The service does come and go, though. Manatee Springs will definitely be on our list of places to revisit. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Brian & Corky

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is showing it's age, the roads are narrow and backing into the site wasn't easy. Everything worked and was clean. However, it was quite a walk to the dumpsters. There was very little in information available on the park and what we did get wasn't very good. However the Manatees were in so all was well. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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BigPa

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Rustic is the key word. Vintage also applies. Restrooms were dirty the weekend we were here but with dirt/sand roads and sites that is going to happen. Most sites are close to each other and have little screening so not much privacy. Nice and shady though. Verizon signal very weak with 1/2 bar of "o"...not enough to load weather maps or even make reliable voice calls. Note to paddlers: Manatee Spring run is very short and closed in winter; can walk to the Suwanee but it's a quarter mile wide and dominated by power boats & wind. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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RaceHorseLady

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was such a shock to my husband and me. We have been camping in Florida state parks since the end of November, 2012. We have had a favorable impression of the campgrounds until we came to this park. The sites are not cared for at all. They are not level, not raked as in the other parks, tons of leaves and other debris in sites and surrounding fire rings. If you want a fire make sure you bring your own rake. The bathrooms are horrible: outdated, crumbling and very dirty. There were volunteers during our stay but the one in our loop did absolutely nothing during our time there. Some of them in the other loops did try. The people at the gate were very friendly and helpful. The access road is very narrow and is surrounded by trees and vegetation. The big rigs had difficulty accessing their sites. I would suggest you visit the spring and boardwalk as a day trip but I would not recommend staying in the campground. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Maxine and Cinder

Review Count: 49
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is absolutely gorgeous. The wildlife is phenomenal: both flora and fauna. We saw deer, vultures, turtles, squirrels, fish, and hawks. There is a boardwalk from the springs to the river that has breathtaking scenery. For all of that I would give the park a 10. But: the roads within the campground loops are thoughtlessly narrow and rutted. Don't even think about bringing in a big rig. Our motor home is 35 feet and we were hitting brush on all sides. The campsite (#71) looks wide open on the Reserve America website, but they aren't showing you the trees that create a bottleneck getting into the site. We barely made it. If you don't need cell or WiFi, this is a nice place to go. I would call the park and ask the rangers what sites are the easiest to get into: based on the roads and the site. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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Stormcloudnine

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Staff was very helpful and informative and directed us to the best RV sites and an amazing burger joint nearby. Dog friendly, except on boardwalks (wasn't a problem for us). Great back in sites, large and wooded, easy hookups. Nice showers, lots of paths and trails, great things to see, lots of animals (saw my first live armadillo, lots of deer, raccoons investigated our trailer, no manatees). Great boardwalks around park, but still wild and quiet, just our cup of tea. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes rustic and off the beaten path - great place to see nature, and great camping! We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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