Best Hiking Trails in Manatee Springs State Park
Spend a few nights in a Manatee Springs State Park hotel, and enjoy the opportunity to hike many of the park's guided trails, taking in some of the area's best scenery.
1. Manatee Springs Scenic Trail
The highlight of the park is Manatee Springs itself, a natural spring which produces 80,000 gallons of water per minute. The Manatee Springs Scenic Trail is just under four miles in length, and is the perfect way to see the springs and the banks of the Suwannee River, which runs along the western edge of the park
2. Sandhill Nature Trail
A short hike which takes visitors on a guided nature trail through the sandhill habitats of Manatee Springs State Park.
3. Suwannee River Boardwalk
Take advantage of the refurbished boardwalk at Manatee Springs State Park which makes for an easy walk out to the Suwannee River itself.
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Best Family Acitivities in Manatee Springs State Park
Choose one of the Manatee Springs State Park cabins for your family vacation, and enjoy all the outdoor activities on offer in this part of Florida.
This activity is permitted in the waters around Manatee Springs – and best of all the water stays at a steady 72°F, so it is perfect for a dip at any time of year.
2. Wildlife Watching
Keep your eyes peeled for manatees, the animals which give the park its name. They like to swim in the warm waters around the spring too, although they are spotted less and less frequently these days, as the park has become more popular with visitors.
All the roads and many of the hiking trails in Manatee Springs State Park are open to bicycles. Bring your own, or rent a bicycle from the park.
You can also rent canoes and kayaks if you want to take a paddle down the Suwannee River, and explore further afield before returning to your Manatee Springs State Park hotels for the night.
5. Guided Tours
Join one of the ranger-guided tours of Manatee Springs State Park which take place throughout the year to learn more about the area's wildlife. In the fall and spring, you can enjoy a ride in a traditional Conestoga wagon around the north trail system.