Chiefland, Florida

Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida



Chiefland, Florida
Phone: (352) 493-6072

Sites: 72
Recent Rate: $20 6/2015

Latitude: 29.4895921769415
Longitude: -82.9739419181094

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

70 Reviews

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jebgg

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Manatee Springs is absolutely beautiful. A first magnitude spring with crystal clear water at a constant 72 degrees. We didn't see any Manatees because they are out in other rivers for the season but should be back in Nov-Dec for the warmer spring water. Anyway, you can swim and canoe/kayak in the beautiful water. There is a nice concession at the spring where you can rent canoes and kayaks. Lots of food there also.

The campsites were large (we were in #90) with smooth, flat hard sand. The access road is also sand and in pretty good shape. A lot of overhead cover which is good to block out the sun but bad for satellite receivers. Good water and 30 amp power. The showers were clean with lots of hot water. The shower configurations (men's) was a bit awkward with no portioned off changing areas, only a curtain into the shower. Lots of trails for hiking but I also found lots of ticks on myself and my wife even after applying bug spray. The deer come right up to your campsite for handouts which is kind of a shame as they get dependent on handouts rather getting their own food in the wild. We had 1-2 bars of Verizon data and 4 channels of over the air (OTA) TV. There is a small general store just out the front gate. We will be back in the winter when the manatees are back. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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NYDutch

Review Count: 53
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $20.00
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The sites at this park are all sand with little separation between neighboring sites. The campground roads are badly rutted with many potholes, as well as being quite narrow. Backing a large Class A into some sites can be a real challenge. The available 30 amp power is generally good, although we did see a few dips down to 107 volts at times. The water pressure was good. Verizon cell voice and data service is weak, and would have been unusable without our onboard amplifier and external antenna. Free WiFi is available at the nearby concession stand. The springs area is very nice with a long boardwalk out to a fishing pier. Many birds and other wildlife can be seen in the park, with deer roaming freely and unfortunately becoming used to visitor food handouts despite rules prohibiting doing so. We stayed in the Magnolia 2 loop, and the Magnolia 1 loop is currently being rebuilt with upgraded facilities and reportedly, paved roads. If they continue the upgrade program with the other loops, this could be a fine park. As is, it reminded us of our tent camping days at other state parks in the 50's. We are not likely to return. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

The BBQ ribs and chicken at the concession stand were quite tasty. Also give "Bett's Big T Restaurant" in Chiefland a try for breakfast. You will not go away hungry or broke!

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smitty12

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $22.00
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We had a beautiful campsite in this park number 73. It was spacious with no one behind us or to our right. Lots of foliage. The ground was sand which you were constantly sweeping up. The bathrooms were as clean as they could keep them. With all the sand and moisture, it was almost impossible to keep them clean. The bathrooms themselves were dated and could be updated. I noticed that a new loop was being constructed and I'm sure that will have nicer facilities. The attraction of this campground is the springs where there were 3 manatees when we were there. Quite a number of people were swimming and snorkeling in the spring but it was definitely too cold for us. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

If you go, don't miss the snack shop at the spring where they smoked meats over wood. The ribs were excellent.

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K Willie

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $20.00
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Old park, bathrooms old dirty and smelly. Sites can be tricky to back in if bigger rig. Tight roads. Good trails. Springs for boating/kayaking. Concession with free wifi nice. Fairly quiet during week. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Cedar Keys nearby.

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DS650

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $20.00
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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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TheJim

Review Count: 246
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $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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Diane Yeager

Review Count: 126
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $10.00
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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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Euri

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $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: 139
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $22.00
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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: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $20.00
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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: June, 2013 - $18.00
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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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Brian & Corky

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $18.00
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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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Florida Native

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $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: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $20.00
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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: 103
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $21.00
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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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