Manatee Springs Scenic Trail [CLOSED]

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Manatee Springs State Park

Manatee Springs Scenic Trail is a 6.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chiefland, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 km Elevation Gain: 17 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

river

views

wildlife

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
6 months ago

I ran this on a chilly gray day and it was delightful; worth the $4 entrance fee. The path is sandy and well marked, with a few route options. The far end, between the 90 degree right turn from Fence to Shacklefoot, was under water so I had to turn back to Hornet. Didn't see another soul on the trail.

Wed Mar 27 2019

The trail itself is nice. Nothing unusual or special, typical central Florida trail. The springs themselves are the real reason to come. They stay a constand 70 something degrees year round. So cool in the summers and warm in the winters. Crystal clear and great for swimming.

Thu Nov 29 2018

Great trail wide sandy walk quiet 19 different points of interest labeled. be sure to check out manatees at spring

Fri Apr 06 2018

awesome place to swim and glamp.

hiking
Sun Apr 16 2017

This park is amazing, although we visited Easter weekend and it was pretty crowded. Even so, the hiking trails were dead empty. We took the scenic trail all the way up to the northernmost point in the park that emptied out at a boat slip where we ate lunch. Be careful of ticks around here, we picked up five or six of them just sitting by the river. The round trip was about 7 miles I think, and coming back and sticking our feet in the spring was the greatest ending to a hike ever. Definitely bring lots of bug spray though -- if we stopped for even a second, we were literally swarmed with gnats. Really the best solution would probably be a netted hat. After our hike, we rented a canoe ($20 for 2 hours) and went down the spring out into the river where we saw 3 alligators and a heckton of turtles, it was awesome. Also the barbecue place here makes for some excellent post-hike food :)

paddle sports
Fri May 03 2013

You not only have the advantage of hiking, biking, and enjoying nature, but also can dive, swim, snorkel there... really a nice place!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

recorded Manatee Springs Scenic Trail

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

hiking
Sun Nov 04 2018

hiking
Sun Oct 28 2018

hiking
Sat Jul 28 2018

backpacking
Sun May 28 2017

hiking
Sun Mar 05 2017

walking
Sat May 11 2013