One of the parks I like to refer to as “small but mighty”, Falling Waters State Park boasts the tallest waterfall in the state at 73’. Its 171 acres is chock full of sinkholes, fun trails, and of course lots of Old Florida history. Natives thrived in this area for thousands of years and used the sinkholes as hide-outs during the Seminole War against Andrew Jackson’s troops. During the Civil War, a grist mill operated here which was fueled by the waterfall, and later a successful distillery and an unsuccessful oil well (Florida’s first) were constructed.
There are three short trails within the park which total only about a mile, but the terrain is challenging and offers fascinating views of a variety of geological features. A two-acre lake with a sandy beach area is perfect for fishing or a refreshing swim, and nearby restrooms, showers, and picnic pavilions help make for a relaxing day.
The park boasts the highest elevation campground in the state at 324’ above sea level. Overnight guests can choose from 24 sites with electricity/water, or a primitive group camp for up to 60 people. Restrooms and a dump station are nearby. Sites are fairly private and shaded.
Deer, foxes, fox squirrels, turtles, snakes, and a variety of birds also call this beautiful park home. This was one of the Florida state parks on my bucket list for a long time and it did not disappoint!