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Cedar Key Museum State Park
Picturesque Cedar Key, on Florida's Gulf Coast, was a thriving port city and railroad connection during the 19th century. The Cedar Key Museum contains exhibits depicting its colorful history. Part of the collection has sea shells and Indian artifacts collected by Saint Clair Whitman, the founder of the first museum in Cedar Key. Whitman's house is located at the park and has been restored to reflect life in the 1920s. A short loop nature trail along the marsh gives visitors an opportunity to see wildlife and native vegetation. East of Cedar Key, off of State Road 24 lies the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve. Salt marshes on the Gulf of Mexico give way to a succession of swamps, hardwood forests, pine flatwoods and scrub, providing splendid opportunities for nature study and wildlife observation. Hikers, equestrians and off-road bicyclists find miles of trails that wind through the park. The shallow waters and numerous creeks near the salt marshes are ideal for canoeing and kayaking. A covered shelter with tables and grills is the perfect location for a picnic. Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park is accessible only by boat. This preserve is a favorite of anglers because it boasts both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Bordering Florida's Gulf Coast between Cedar Key and Yankeetown, extensive salt marshes and tidal creeks create habitats for saltwater fish, crabs and shellfish. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy wildlife viewing from a canoe or kayak. Several primitive campsites are offered through the Florida Saltwater Circumnavigational Paddling Trail on a firstcome- first-served basis.
Phone: 352-543-5350
12231 S.W. 166th Court
Cedar Key, FL 32625
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Cedar Key Scrub State Park
Salt marshes on the Gulf of Mexico give way to a succession of swamps, hardwood forests, pine flatwoods and scrub, providing splendid opportunities for nature study and wildlife observation. The scrub is dominated by species such as sand live oak, myrtle oak and Chapman's oak, along with rusty lyonia and saw palmetto. Hikers and off-road bicyclists who want to experience a mosaic of Florida habitats will find it on the miles of trails that wind through the park. The shallow waters and numerous creeks near the salt marshes are ideal for canoeing and kayaking. Rental canoes and kayaks are available.
Phone: 352-543-5567
8312 S.W. 125th Court
Cedar Key, FL 32625
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Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of 18 buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. Park staff in period clothing perform daily chores, raise crops and tend to livestock. The farm features seasonal cane grindings, corn shuckings and heritage varieties of livestock and plants. Deer, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises and bluebirds are still seen in the fields. The park has a visitor center, picnic area and nature trail.
Phone: 352-472-1142
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669
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Fanning Springs State Park
Fanning Springs is a very popular clear water spring. Located on the east bank of the historic Suwannee River in northern Levy county, this inviting source of cool, clear water has drawn people to it for thousands of years. Located along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, Fanning Springs produces between 40 and 60 million gallons of water daily. Swimming or snorkeling in the spring is refreshing on a hot day. Visitors can enter the park by boat from the Suwannee River or by car. Many visitors enjoy the picnic area, playground, volleyball court or use the park’s large open areas for frisbee, football, soccer or for special events. A boardwalk leads from the springs to a gazebo on the river. A 2/3 mile trail goes through a hardwood hammock where white-tailed deer, gray squirrels, redshouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers and barred owls may be seen. Manatees sometimes visit the springs during the winter months. Cabins are available for overnight stays. Each cabin can accommodate up to seven people. These two-bedroom, one bathroom cabins have centralized heating and cooling, an electric fireplace (seasonal use), screened-in porch and fully equipped kitchen. One of the cabins is ADA accessible.
Phone: 352-463-3420
18020 N.W. Highway 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693
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Florida Springs Database
Over 750 Florida Springs with maps weather and additional information for recreation and casual research. Spring location by latitude and longitude, area watersheds, nearby stream flow gage where available, maps, weather forecast, geocaches, nearby WIFI hotspots, APRS activity and realtime weather, nearby facilities search via Google Maps and more.
Contact: Greg Johnson
Phone: (727) 808-71
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Hart Springs
Welcome to Hart Springs, one of the largest spring-fed swimming areas in the state of Florida. Enjoy camping — from tent to full hookups, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, birding, biking and hiking. Access 55 miles of Gilchrist County river shoreline, and enjoy an abundance of refreshing natural springs. Stroll the half-mile boardwalk and rent canoes, kayaks, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes. Hart Springs Park and Campground is a family-oriented recreation area, accessible by car and boat. Come and experience Southern Hospitality on the Suwannee River!
Contact: Mitchell Gentry
Phone: 352-463-3444
4240 SW 86th Avenue
Bell, FL 32619
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Manatee Springs State Park
The most prominent natural feature in the 2,075-acre park is Manatee Spring itself. A first-magnitude spring, it produces 81,280 gallons of crystal-clear water every minute or approximately 117 million gallons daily. Water from the spring run flows into the Suwannee River and then meets the Gulf of Mexico 23 miles downstream. A boardwalk next to the spring run offers a view of the river swamp which is alive with cyrpress, gum, ash and maple trees. The boardwalk ends at a pavilion and a floating boat dock out on the scenic Suwannee River. Animals frequently spotted in the hammock and sandhill communities of the park include white-tailed deer and various small mammals and birds. The manatee, an endangered species for which the park is named, can also be viewed from the boardwalk. The constant 72- degree temperature in the spring provides a warm refuge for the large, gentle mammal during the fall and winter months. Manatee sightings occur year round with the best viewing months being January through April.
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-326-3521
Phone: (352) 493-60
11650 N.W. 115th St.
Chiefland, FL 32626
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Otter Springs Park & Campground
Experience 636 acres of natural Florida at Otter Springs Park & Campground. Our centerpiece, Otter Springs, is a second magnitude natural spring with an average temperature of 73 degrees and a flow of 10 million gallons of sparkling pure water daily. The spring creates a large clear pool and stream, which flows into the nearby Suwannee River. The serene setting is perfect for fishing, bird watching, hiking and other outdoor activities. Indoors at the Little Otter Recreation Club we offer books, board games, and foosball. And when you want a little bit of both indoor comfort and outdoor beauty, relax at a poolside table or swim laps in our enclosed pool pavilion. Otter Springs Park & Campground provides a perfect base camp to explore Florida's Nature Coast, a nine-county stretch along the gulf that offers unique recreational and cultural adventures in an unspoiled environment.
Toll Free Phone: 800-883-9107
Phone: 352-463-0800
6470 SW 80th Avenue
Trenton, FL 32693
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Pure Water Wilderness
Florida's Pure Water Wilderness is an unspoiled, three-county cluster of Mother Nature's finest work. In just over 2,000 square miles, the region is laced, dotted, etched and framed by some of Florida's most precious liquid assets. From the Waccasassa, Withlacoochee and Steinhatchee, to the Santa Fe and historic Suwannee, rivers run wild and free here, carving county lines and chasing their way to the glistening Gulf of Mexico. Lakes, ponds, creeks and springs adorn the landscape with their cool, crystal clear shallows and mysterious, shadowy depths.
Contact: Chris Brown, Board of Directors Chair
Phone: 352-463-3467
P.O. Box 214
Trenton, FL 32693
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Suwannee River Water Management District
Recreation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Suwannee River Water Management District acquires lands for flood control, water quality protection, and natural resource conservation. Once these lands are brought under the District's management, they are made available for public use and enjoyment every day of the year. The District's land management strategies are designed to ensure a balance between public access, general public recreational purposes, and restoration and protection of the natural state and condition.
Contact: David Still, Executive Director
Toll Free Phone: 800-226-1066
Phone: 386-362-1001
Fax: 386-362-1056
9225 CR 49
Live Oak, FL 32060

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