February 28, 2022 - reviewed by Dawn
The potential is there
We were there Feb 2021, the staff and volunteers were all very helpful and friendly. The park is nice, we enjoyed the boardwalk and spring area. There's no cell service, you can't even make a phone call should you need. We actually left a day early and wouldn't return.
January 21, 2020 - reviewed by Randy
We like the park. It is small and the roads are dirt with a lot of potholes but we like it. The springs are really nice.
August 21, 2019 - reviewed by K Craven
Not very impressed. We live about 40 minutes from park and have always wanted to try it. We have similar complaints as others. Roads, bathrooms, tall grass, trees down, no cellular or wifi. They obviously do not have a maintenance staff. Even the spring was not impressive. There are no banks on the sides, so you would have to float on something.
July 19, 2019 - reviewed by CMH
The sites are clean and private. There are sandy sites and cement pads. The Magnolia restroom loop facility is newer and has lots of hot water. The springs are beautiful and within walking distance from all sites, but some may prefer to drive. Bring something to float on. The roads are somewhat bumpy in loops but this is GREAT as it keeps drivers slow as they should be anyway with the amount of people walking.
The only issue was the invasion of raccoons and armadillos after dark. They are not afraid of people and will take your food or anything left out with you sitting right there. Keep your food put away and trash locked up and you will be fine. Will definitely be back. Deer are very tame and they if respectful, will come very close to or right into your site.
Wood for sale at ranger station for $7.00 a bundle. There is water and electric at each site. If you are tenting it, bring a fan. No cell service. We had a power outage while we were there and the staff was great and fixed it
June 19, 2019 - reviewed by 5dudes
Worst State Park
Let’s start by saying the springs are awesome. The campground is just awful. All sand. Inner roads are sand with lots of pot holes, site are spacious but all sand. We are still trying to get all the sand out of our camper. Our site was full hookups but couldn’t use sewer do to the location. Ticks !!! I lost count at how many ticks we removed from our family and dog. They do warn you at check in. If you love truly being in the woods then you might like it. We will never return
April 17, 2019 - reviewed by Van Camper
Nice campground. Sites close together with some tree separation. Walkable to spring with good snorkeling and kayaking/canoeing options. Peaceful hiking trails as well.
December 23, 2017 - reviewed by Holly
A Lot To Do Here
We enjoyed our time at the park biking, walking trails, swimming/snorkeling the spring, watching scuba divers ( the park has quite an extensive cave system)- you can rent canoes, kayaks, a pontoon boat. There’s a long boardwalk through cypress trees. At the end of it you can see manatees where the spring meets the river. The campground loop roads are ROUGH. It was a real bad drive in our class a. They did some road work while we were there— really wasn’t that helpful. The staff was so helpful each time we stopped in the ranger station. We enjoyed hearing owls and pigs at night. It was a nice stay.
May 2, 2017 - reviewed by Frank Weston
Nice, But Dusty, A Mix Of Good And Bad
After a 6 month drought most campsites and the loop roads were very dusty. Lots of wildlife including gnats. The spring is beautiful with good access. Prices for concession food and drink were outrageous. Sites were very close together, mixing tents with RV'S. Many tent sites had more than maximum cars and occupants. The bathhouse was clean and modern with plenty of hot water. All in all we probably won't go back.
April 3, 2017 - reviewed by Chris Showalter
Nice Peaceful Campground
We stayed in December of 2016 and had a great time! Plenty of wildlife and beautiful springs. Campground was clean and the restrooms/showers were old but clean. Can't wait to go again
January 16, 2017 - reviewed by Mark
Enjoyed the park very much, didn't see any manatees while there but the water is very peaceful. No TV reception so bring some dvds or a good book.
August 7, 2016 - reviewed by Ralph
There are 170+ State parks in Florida, most of them we have frequented and are for the most part very nice. Not the case for Manatee Springs! This park has a lot of potential but is quite obvious it has a problem with Maintanence. The campground roads are the pits, campsites are not cleaned and maintained. We stayed on a handicap site that when you pull into it, it leaves your door facing the street with no privacy! The sites across from us were tent sites with about four families and about 15 kids. What happened to a max of 8 per site? I could not recommend this park to any of my friends!
July 17, 2016 - reviewed by Eric
Nice And quiet,beautiful park.
April 14, 2016 - reviewed by Bill
Very Nice Park
Had a very nice campsite. Stayed in TT.