Falling Waters State Park is well known as Florida’s state park with the highest waterfall. At 73 feet, it’s quite an achievement. Well, the waterfall doesn’t actually fall from the highest point in Florida; it falls down into a 100 feet deep sinkhole. The water disappears in the limestone sink into the aquifer. No one knows to this day where the water ends up.
Located just off of I-10 and full of amenities, beauty and nature, this full facility Florida state park is sure to always be at capacity, so book your reservations now at ReserveAmerica.com. The campground is located on one of the highest hills in the state at 324 feet above sea level. There are 24 campsites complete with water, electricity, clotheslines, picnic tables and fire ring grills. RV’s up to 40 feet long can be accommodated.
Once you’re settled into your campsite, head on down to the two acre white sand bottom lake. The sectioned off swimming area has an all sandy bottom and is a great place to relax after a long drive to the park.
When you’re ready to go after a quick dip, head on down to one of the three hiking trails located in Falling Waters State Park. A butterfly garden is on the waterfall sinkhole trail. Several boardwalks and observation platforms make one of the nature trails an easy stroll. The third trail meanders around the waterfall under a canopy of magnolias and other hardwoods.
Walk down into the sinkhole to view the waterfall among the many ferns and vines that surround the waterfall. In drought conditions the waterfall is a barely dripping trickle. However during the rainy season, it turns into a rushing torrent as seen in these pictures. Self guiding kiosks direct you along the path, telling the tale of this unique and biodiverse habitat.
Why not have a picnic? You don’t have to be a registered camper to enjoy the park for the day. Two picnic pavilions can be reserved for a fee. They have restrooms, picnic tables, barbecue grills and a playground for the kids for just $30 a day for the smaller 24 seat pavilion or rent the large 60 seat pavilion for $50 a day; plus tax.
For more information on this great Florida state park, visit the website here for directions, fees and other questions about the park.
In the summer, park rangers set up informative slide shows at the campground amphitheater, telling the story of the areas history and geological significance. The rangers only show the program on Saturday evenings and is free to all campers.