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 State Park name says it all. If you love waterfalls, hiking and adventures you should definitely come here. Waterfalls and hiking are two of my favorite things when it comes to nature and this park has both. The park is surrounded by gorgeous trees, which are nice because they provide plenty of shade. There is a really pretty boardwalk that leads you right to the waterfall. The lookout point is a perfect location to stand and watch the waterfall and take pictures of course! The park offers some great hikes as well. You can choose from 3 different hikes that are located within Falling Waters State Park. All of them a great hikes with amazing views. The hikes are not difficult and very short, which makes it nice because you can do them with your whole family. The campsites are great, and come with a picnic table and fire pit ring. The nice thing about this park is that pets are welcomed, but you do have to keep your dogs on leashes. There is a cool picnic area and a small playground if you have kids. Another great thing about this park is that there are a few places where you can go and swim. During the summertime months these small lakes do get quite busy. They both have a sandy beach leading up to the water. You can also fish, although my family didn't have any luck! It was definitely fun though. We also went to a butterfly museum which was located only a few miles past the campground. This was pretty cool, and I would recommend going there if you have any extra time. We stayed here 3 nights last summer, and our campsite location was perfect. I love that the campsites aren't super close together. We were close to the playground, which was nice for my younger cousins. I can't wait to come back here in the future and enjoy the hikes and waterfalls!
This state park is really pretty small and can be explored extensively in a relatively short amount of time. However, because of its size it's also pretty well maintained. The facilities we nice and clean and easily accessible from all the sites. The sites themselves all come with the standard amenities and you have a decent amount of tree/brush cover from the road, however, as it's mostly a flatwoods pine forest you don't get much coverage between sites and you can see your neighbors pretty well. I had one of the pull in/back in sites but liked how the tent sites had a bit of fencing and separated them from the other sites a tiny bit more…
I was in 13 and could look right over to 12 with no obstruction…Looking at the other sites, you could see right into most of your neighbors and some had little to no real separation.
The park itself is interesting, with Florida's "largest" waterfall at a massive 73 feet…although it is falling into a sink hole. They're redoing the trails to make them more accessible to everyone with paved ramps to the lake and updated boardwalks through the flatwoods. They also have these posts set up to have the public assist in documenting the regrowth after some old fires which is cool. Unfortunately, the walkthrough of the sinkholes was under repair when I was there, but seemed like it would have been interesting, but don't want to be walking through a bunch of holes in the ground when the boardwalks are unsafe… So, next time.
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.