Falling Waters State Park features Falling Waters Sink, which is a 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit into which flows a small stream that drops 73 feet to the bottom of the sink. The water's final destination remains unknown.
Only a few miles south of I-10, the park provides travelers with a quiet, serene stop on their journey and is a great place for camping near Gainesville. Visitors can see beautiful native and migrating butterflies in the butterfly garden, take a dip in the lake or have a family picnic. Hikers can experience the verdant, gently sloping landscape of north Florida.
Falling Waters boasts Florida's largest waterfall and in the wet season it is a sight to be seen! The hiking trails through the sinkholes is pretty cool and when you get too hot a dip in the lake will cool you right off! If you are planning on hiking note that there are elevation changes in this part of Florida. You will meet many of the local in the day use areas and this is a wonderful spot to picnic. The campground is clean and allows for some space to stretch out and I have not often found it full. Many other local attractions and the Watermelon Festival in June is AMAZING! Old Florida at it's best!
I wouldn't recommend making a day of this one. It would have been very nice if not for the litter in the waterfalls. The boardwalk is nice and well maintained but I would not recommend it for anything but a nice place to stretch en route to somewhere else.