Florida is the flattest state in the country, so you wouldn’t think we would have any waterfalls at all. The truth is, you don’t have to leave the Sunshine State to find a waterfall, and if you time your visit properly, you can see quite beautiful ones.
1. Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, FL
This 171-acre park features the tallest waterfall in the state by far, at over 70 feet tall. Indian warriors used the sinkholes as hideouts in the Seminole War. Visitors today will enjoy the fishing, swimming and hiking, and ending the day gathered around their famous campfires. For a more impressive visit, come after heavy rainfall.
2. Big Shoals State Park, White Springs, FL
At the right time of year this park can offer real whitewater rafting, but it offers 28 miles of beautiful trails and huge limestone bluffs to look out on the water year-round.
3. Falling Creek Falls, Lake City, FL
Picnic tables, boardwalk trail and a playground make this 10-foot waterfall over limestone especially fun for visitors with kids.
4. Millhopper Geological State Park, Gainesville, FL
This park offers a very unique experience. Visitors walking down into the giant 500-foot wide sinkhole can spot the water trickling down the limestone walls.
5. Camp Branch Conservation Area, White Springs, FL
This Disappearing Creek can produce rapids that bend around cypress trees, or not much at all. As with Falling Waters State Park, it's important to plan your visit after a heavy rain.
6. Steinhatchee Falls, Steinhatchee, FL
Though these falls are only a few feet tall, they are the widest in Florida, and a popular spot for camping, fishing, canoeing, and very cautious swimming. As with a lot of trails in Florida, children should be well supervised, as this area can have dangerous wildlife and rocky spots.
7. Rainbow Springs, Dunnellon, FL
Though these falls are man-made, I know there will be an outcry if don't include them. Rainbow Springs has been an attraction since the '30s, but it only became state land in the '90s. The waterfalls and phosphate pits are remnants of the mining industry. The water is absolutely beautiful here, and snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, tubing, and even weddings are offered here.
I’m so excited to visit each one of these. If you have any other tips or secret waterfalls to share with us, please comment below!