One of the Suwannee River’s largest swimming holes is the clear, cool reflecting pool of Fanning Springs, located along the edge of its namesake town.
Location: Fanning Springs
Fees: $4-6 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
In the 1940s, it was a popular private spa and swimming resort, with a water slide and Ferris wheel. Today, crowds gather on hot summer days – the spring is 72F year-round – and for the annual “Red Belly Day” each May (yes, belly flops included).
The park is also a stop for paddlers on the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, for bicyclists on the Nature Coast Trail, and for divers looking to relax in the 65 million gallon flow as it pours out into the river.
Explore the park
- Springs of the Lower Suwannee - Visits to four springs along the lower Suwannee River enlightens us as to the changes occurring in Florida's springs, even in rural areas.
- Three Days of Lower Suwannee Springs - Not so busy thanks to their locations on the lower Suwannee River, this series of four major springs provide another 3-day weekend getaway option for active outdoor recreation in Florida