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Chiefland in Levy County is the place to be in if you want to see Florida as it was in the years that had passed. The city was incorporated in 1913 and little has changed in its natural surroundings since then. Farming is still the main contributing factor to its booming economy though many businesses have been set up in recent years. The 2,600 residents enjoy the best of both worlds.
Family owned and cooperative farms grow corn, cotton, soybean and also have timber, hay, and silage as important produce. Chiefland is the commercial hub of the Tri-County area with major chain stores and businesses flourishing in the city. Newcomers seeking life amidst tranquil rural surroundings are warmed by the southern hospitality of the locals. Good schools and medical practitioners in the area contribute to the well being and the many churches build a strong spiritual fiber in the residents.
Many fine parks are offering top-quality facilities and youth sports league activities. The Golf and County Club is the finest in the Tri-county area. The Chief Theater is the venue where local thespians put up theatrical productions regularly. There are two fine hotels in the city that play host to visitors seeking to explore the surroundings. There are opportunities for hiking, biking, canoeing, diving, swimming, and bird watching in the unspoiled natural surroundings.
Vicinity of Chiefland
The Manatee Springs State Park and the Suwannee River flowing gently through on its way to the Gulf of Mexico are the natural habitats of myriads of birds, animals, and trees. The heart delights to glimpse wading birds like herons, egrets, and ibis, sunbathing on the banks of the pristine main Spring. You will always remember the experience of canoeing or kayaking up and down the Suwannee River, and through Manatee Springs and Fanning Springs. Certified divers can dive in open water, cave, and caverns. Swimming and snorkeling are popular too. The park concession offers food, drinks, gifts, camper supplies, and canoe rentals.
Camping facilities range from primitive tent camps to full-facility camping. There are comfort stations centrally located in each of the loops. Spend a night or two under the stars and see nature at its most pristine. The nearby Fanning Springs State Park is a bird watchers’ paradise. Red-shouldered hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and barred owls are visible on the beautiful nature trails. Small spring has an observation platform for one of the best birding opportunities in the area. Watch out for Manatees, apple snails, and salamanders.
A taste of something a little different awaits visitors to the Dakotah Vineyards and Winery. This is a family-owned enterprise that is located on acres of grounds where one can view grapevines, sheep, geese, wood ducks, koi fish, and other species. There is an Antique Windmill of 1931 that actually works. You can taste and buy excellent Florida wine at this peaceful haven for both humans and birds.