Springs Fever: A Field & Recreation Guide to 500 Florida Springs.
3rd Edition by Joe Follman and Richard Buchanan

Fanning Springs

Levy County

Summary of Features

  • Scale -1st magnitude
  • Scenery -excellent
  • How Pristine? -platform and walkway around spring, house on one side,land cleared behind spring
  • Swimming -excellent; outstanding snorkeling
  • Protection -excellent
  • Crowds -heavy on warm days
  • Access -outstanding
  • Facilities -fine
  • Safety -excellent
  • Scuba -yes
  • Cost -$6 per carload of 2-8; $4 for one-person in car

Directions: Address: 18020 US-19, Fanning Springs, FL 32693. 352-463-3420. Web link: www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fanning-Springs

In the town of Fanning Springs. Entrance to Fanning Springs State Park is directly off U.S. 19/98, ¼ mile from bridge over the Suwannee River.


Fanning Springs—The main portion of the spring basin is a semi-circular pool framed by sheer limestone walls 20 feet high on two sides. This pool is about 30 feet wide and 18 feet deep and has several flow points through limestone openings on the bottom and sides. The flows create a continuously active surface over much of the main pool. The bottom is rocky and there are small- to medium-sized fish in the water. Water in the spring pool is very clear and a deep blue. Flow from this basin forms a large shallow secondary pool to the north that is about 150 feet wide and 3-6 feet deep. The land to the north is swampy, and the south bank reduces from the 20 feet high of the main basin to just a few feet above the water as the run approachesthe river. There is another spring flowing from a small grotto at the bottom of the steps leading to the water, and there may be other small flows inthe pool or on its edges.

A floating boat dock/platform is set halfway down the spring’s 300-foot run. There is a boardwalk along the north side of the pool leading to the river. The run is more natural, with cypress and eel grass in the water. Manatees may be observed in the spring run and sometimes the main spring area during the winter.

Little Fanning Springs—Water flows from the base of a limestone bank, creating a shallow and bubbling creek that winds about 800 feet through karst terrain and heavy forest to the Suwannee River. Water from the spring is clear and was bluish on date of visit in 1997. The spring may be reached by footpath from the back of the main spring area near the observation platform.



Personal Impressions

Fanning is one of the prettiest and best swimming holes in Florida. It is also one of the most convenient, being only 10 seconds off the main highway along the Gulf Coast.

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