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Fanning Springs SP

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info


Mar 2019
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? C
Birding C *
Wildlife C *
Summer Heat B *
Terrain C *
Fun Hike C *
Maintained B *
Mosquitos B
Biting Files A *
Ticks C
NOTE: Not sure - we saw little
NOTE: Trail somewhat covered
NOTE: Some altititude change on trail - being next to rivers that happens
NOTE: Bit of trash around but good repair
NOTE: Possible but saw none.
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 18020 US-19, Fanning Springs, FL, Gilchrist, USA, 32693

1) What It's Like

Simultaneously seems like an urban pool and a gorgeous forest spring. It can get crowded and rowdy. It's on the Suwanee river though in a small city/large town as well.

2) Kinds of Birds

Some forest birds (cardinals, titmice) on forest trail. Maybe wading birds during quite days/hours.

3) Wildlife

Hard to say. Andrews WMA is close but it is in a city/town. You might see something on trail but we did not.

4) Amenities

Everything you'd expect at a state park.

5) Directions

If you go too far down the highway there's another park called fanning springs that's on the bridge that goes over the Suwanee.

6) Time Requirements

The trail is 2/3 of a mile so unless you swim I wouldn't expect to stay very long.


At first we ended up driving around the wrong streets - no idea but I guess heard left instead of right from GPS. Town is hard to figure out - seems like something different is going on here both good and meh. When we pulled up we for some reason were thinking this would be similar or better than Manatee Springs State park - which is an epic forested spring (in our opinions). But it was a bit of a let down that it was more of a swimming hole for kids. Still it was sort of a bowl to get down to it, very clear water, it's on the Suwanee river - it still is pretty great.

The trail is short and for being so short we saw a good number of forest birds (cardinals, titmice, etc) and it seemed like we were in the woods.

So - worth stopping but not sure I'd drive way out of my way to go here.

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