Fanning Springs State Park is a beautiful park that should not be missed! It is a popular swimming, picnicking and lounging spot in the west section of the Birding Trail. About an hour west of Gainesville, it is in Levy County along the Suwannee River. It was once a first-magnitude spring up to the 1990s but is now a second-magnitude spring. It still produces over 65 million gallons of water daily, making it an oasis for humans and animals, which it has been for thousands of years.
From the spring, there is a pleasant boardwalk to a gazebo overlooking the Suwannee River. It is perfect for a stroll and to look for migratory warblers and year-round Carolina wrens. You will see cypress trees standing in cool spring waters and dragonflies perching in the rays of sun poking through the forest canopy.
Take the 2/3 of a mile trail from the picnic area to explore the hardwood hammock. It will wind you through a beautiful forest, where you can look for white-tailed deer, squirrels, woodpeckers and more wrens. Along the trail you may notice sinkholes formed by collapsing underground caverns. This forest community is a great place to hike even in the hot summer. The tree canopy shades the trail, and the diversity of the habitat attracts a variety of bird species.
If you haven’t visited Fanning Springs State Park, check it out. Prepare for a day full of hiking, swimming, picnicking and enjoying your time in this gorgeous Florida state park.
Site Address: 18020 NW Highway 19, Fanning Springs, Florida 32693