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Chiefland, Florida

Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida


11650 NW 115th St
Chiefland, Florida 32626
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Sites: 72
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 29.489592176941
Longitude: -82.973941918109

Elevation: 29' (approximate)
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 no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $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 no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • 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 yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is big for a state park. Roads around campsite not the best but was wide enough for our 28' class a. Just some pop holes and not paved. Each trailer/RV site had good amount of room. We were on the Magnolia 2 loop which is newer has full hook ups. The Hickory and Magnolia 1 are rustic with only water and electric, dirt sites. Tent sites mixed in with the Trailer/RV sites. Water pressure was great and so was power. Restrooms reasonably clean and had hot water. No ATT signal. Wife had one bar Sprint. two public broadcast stations only OTA. Town about 6-miles down the road. Good BBQ restaurant and Wally World store. Springs were nice and not to busy week of July 4th. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21 Magnolia loop 2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Not a great deal in park to do. They do have canoe and kayak rental to do the Swanee River. Some hiking trails but not very well marked. Town is close for stuff you may need. Gainesville easy drive to do some stuff at UF. There is Dudley Farms State Park (1800) farm with buildings still in place, close by nice place to visit.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is wooded lots of trees shade.no frills camping just picnic table and fire ring. No sewer, just dumping station. People were not very friendly The springs are crystal clear and cold great place to go when its hot. Barbeque at snack bar. Kayaks canoes for rent. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

See above swim in the springs nothing to do at night.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Park was very nice. Springs are gorgeous! Staff very friendly and helpful. Very few sewer sites available. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Site 58 - quiet - lots of deer, relatively flat, a sandy site. We stayed one night April 30th. Temperature was 89 during day and stayed rather warm at night - there were gnats out - bring gnat repellant. We were told the best time to come and see Manatees is February. Winter months no gnats. Bathrooms were excellent. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Walking was short to the springs - biggest tip I can give is swim in the springs

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

The good: the deer visiting the campsites, Anderson Outfitters for the BBQ and friendly rentals of canoes, etc. A couple of short hiking trails. The bad: Really dirty campsites and campground roads. They could use some gravel or concrete pads. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
Magnolia loop 1
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at Andersons inside the park--great tasting, tender smoked meats. Drive up to see nearby Fanning Springs.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Burn ban in effect but fires were allowed for cooking and had to be extinguished at end of meal. The spring is beautiful with swimming and kayaking along the outlet to the Suwannee River. Concession at the spring had a great barbecue with chicken, pulled pork and ribs all done on site. Sites in our wooded area were a bit small but not crowded together. Wifi available at the concession stand. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Try the barbecue at the concession stand near the spring and take the plunge into the crystal clear 72 degree water. Bring bug spray we had a lot of bites after two days.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Stopped here for two nights on our way south. The loop we were in had FHU sites and ours had gravel rather than sand as did some others. Needed a little leveling. Good space between sites. Utility hook ups were new with 30 and 50 amp. Enjoyed all the deer roaming thru the campground. Restroom and showers were newer than in the other loops and were clean. Nice swimming area. Refreshing 72 degree crystal clear water. BBQ was good and there are boat tours and canoe and kayak rentals available. If in the area would camp here again. We camped in a travel trailer. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We absolutely loved the park!! Great for nature and relaxation. The only thing is that they have "Buffered" sites now so you might end up on a gravel site or worse a concrete one. I would suggest to stay in the Hickory Loop if possible. The deer walk right up to you and let you pet them. We took a canoe trip for 20.00 and saw a couple of manatees. The dock at night was amazing!!! I almost forgot we had that many stars in our sky. The only BAD thing is the biting gnats. They don't seem to mind bugspray so maybe something with alot of DEET in it. We def will be back!!! We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35 Magnolia
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

go canoeing!!!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite state parks in Florida! The springs are great, the boardwalk to the Swanee River, what a view! The wildlife is the best, deer everywhere. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
101
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Check out the cafe at springs, and order the Manatee Dog, they smoke their own pork too!

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful and peaceful park, this is our second stay. The section we stayed in this time had full hookups as it had been recently renovated to provide sewer to the sites making it really easy to stay for a week. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21 Magnolia Loop
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The park includes warm springs to swim in complete with manatees, occasionally, and opportunities to canoe and kayak and fish. We took a moonlight ride on the Suwanee River which was really fun. BBQ is also available at the park.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We tent camped here in December of 2016 and had an amazing time! the campground has plenty of trees and shade. No wifi except near the store. No cell service either. Despite that, the trip was awesome. The springs are beautiful as are the grounds and campsites. Plenty of wildlife. Each morning we woke up with about 8-10 deer in our campsite. Squirrels and armadillos like to hang out with you too. It's a few miles to the local town and walmart in case you need it. We are set to go again this December. Can't wait. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed in recently renovated Magnolia 1 loop. After they renovate the other two loops, all sites will be full hookup. Sites were lovely in Mag 1, with decent space and some vegetation between most sites. The new bathhouse was gorgeous and clean. The springs and surrounding grounds are beautiful. Only downside (for me, at least) was poor Verizon signal and barely any OTA TV signals. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Magnolia 1 Site 17
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There are kayaks/canoes that you can rent down by the springs (or bring your own). The swimming hole in the spring itself is a really nice set-up.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice park. We were able to get one night at the last minute, and I think because of the late request, they gave us an ADA-rated site. The state is required to keep a number of these available each night, but by a certain time, they can let some of them go. So the end result was that we had a nice paved site. It was close to the bathrooms and for some reason, the toilet flush is so loud here, that we could here it in the RV. The park itself is lovely with many nice trails and a boardwalk down to the water where you can take a pontoon boat tour. We did not see manatees while here, but they apparently do come by. The park has a great barbecue vendor on sight - really good food. There are a few different loops in the park and most seem to have fairly spacious sites. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Try the barbecue!

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Including tax we were at $23/night. Verizon cell had a sketchy voice signal and no data signal (could not hot spot). Sprint Mifi had zero signal. There is free wifi at the sports/bbq building at the spring. Despite lots of trees, we were able to receive DirecTV from our site (MAG1 loop site 29). I imagine sat signal varies from site to site and even varies depending on where the dish is within the site. Our pull-thru site was rated for max 35' but we had no problem with our 40' motorhome plus tow car. We even saw a 45' coach in another pull-thru site. I suggest calling the park office prior to booking if you want to try to squeeze into a site. They'll tell you if they think you can "really" get in. The park is perfect for lots of outdoor activities. Park staff and camp hosts were wonderful. We enjoyed our time here and would definitely stay here again. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is an excellent sporting outfitter next to the spring. They are very friendly and helpful and have all sorts of activities to chose from. They also sell BBQ (the real deal - you can see the smoker going every day) and it is delicious! For bikers, you can easily ride to Fanning Spring. It's about 15 miles each way with half of it on a designated rail trail. Beautiful!

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park. Staff and rangers friendly and helpful. Facilities clean and up to date. Plenty of hiking/biking trails. Great boardwalk along the spring to the river and around spring head. Sand/gravel loop roads could use some smoothing out. Good day visit facilities (playground, pavilions, picnic benches, grills) and a good concession with wi-fi. Canoe/kayak rentals, river tour available. Cell phone spotty. All sights look pretty level. Ours was perfect. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cell coverage spotty, wi-fi available at the concession building, small convenience store at the main gate. Otherwise, only 6 miles to town. Be prepared to see lot of deer. Walked through our site early morning, late evening. Hike or bike the trails. Interesting sights, good map at ranger station.

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