Fanning Springs

Welcome to “Fanning” or “Fannin Springs”! Both are the names of the local town and famous natural springs located on the Suwannee River, in the SW corner of Gilchrist County, Florida.

This natural spring in Florida is popular with tourists and locals year round, but is especially nice in the summer months as a place to cool off from the hot temperatures. The town is one of just three in Florida that sit on the border of Gilchrist and Levy and is also home to the Historically important “Fort Fanning” which was built in 1836 during the Second Seminole War.

The springs are managed under the guidance of the State Park.

Numerous visitors come to bathe in the springs every year, particularly in the hot summer months. The clear, cool water and pleasant surrounds makes for excellent picnics, camping, events, and big Fourth of July celebrations.

Swimming and Other Activities

Snorkeling or swimming in the springs make a fantastic activity, particularly if it has been a hot day. Those who swim are able to jump from a platform into the designated swimming area. Otherwise visitors can wade in the water from the dock or shore areas.

Other activities include:

  • Kayaking and Canoeing.
  • Nature and Hiking trails.
  • Boating. Camping.
  • Wildlife Viewing.
  • Fishing and Picnicking.

Water Temperature

The water of the springs is stunningly clear. The temperature is a very cool 72 degrees all throughout the year.