The Gateway to Nature Coast


Chiefland so named after the Indian Chiefs of another era who used to meet here, is now the gateway to the Nature Coast where great roads and people meet to explore this realm of Florida. It is a great perch for resting up and hopping off on side trips for our longer term winter guests or shorter term RVers in route to other points in Florida. You might just fall in Love with Chiefland and want to call it home.   

The Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key is a pleasant 30 min drive, featuring fine restaurants, shops and a famous yearly Art Festival.  The Atlantic Ocean at Daytona and St Augustine is under 2 hours away.

Manatee Springs, surely the gem of the Suwanee Valley, is just 6 miles west of Strawberry Fields. It has been a gathering place for thousands of years. The magnitude 1 main spring is 70° year-round, crystal clear aquamarine blue, flow rate about a million gallons a day. The boardwalk along the spring runs through the cypress swamp out to the old Suwanee River to a covered dock pavilion. It’s outstanding! Pavilions for group rentals are available as well as a food concession and playgrounds. Go swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and take a pontoon boat tour. You will also find the entrance to the underground river cave system at the Catfish Hotel, a world famous scuba diving destination. There are special programs throughout the year and live music on many weekends. You can see manatees usually during the winter. Seasonal passes are a bargain allowing access to all of FL State Parks. Manatee Springs is a great daily destination while in Chi

For those bike enthusiasts the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Tour de Melon, an annual bike race in June. It is a family ride and century ride on an area highway rout. Enjoy the beautiful the scenery with broad areas of ranches, crop land and nature. After the ride you can swing by the Chiefland Watermelon Festival down town Chiefland and try sweet local watermelons. 

If you start to miss the city, Gainesville is an easy half hour drive to the east and is home of The University of Florida. Gainesville offers a convenient regional airport, major hospitals, movie theaters, big name restaurants, department stores and of course Florida Gator’s sporting events.