I think I have spent more time trying to figure out if there are any significant waterfalls in Florida than actually visiting waterfalls in Florida. It’s difficult, since Florida is so flat. When you do a search, you will most likely find Falling Waters State Park in the Panhandle, which is the obvious winner in the Florida waterfall contest. I haven’t visited that yet, though. By pure determination and hunting through Google’s images, I found at least two other waterfalls: Steinhatchee Falls and Falling Creek Falls. I’ll save Steinhatchee Falls for a later time.
Falling Creek Falls was actually WAY more impressive than I expected. And that was all due to lowered expectations. Of the pictures I had seen, I was expecting an EXTREMELY small waterfall. Now, I know it’s all relative, but at 5 or 6′ tall, it was much taller than I expected. And that can often lead to much more happiness than over-expecting, only to be let down. So, to say the least, I was thoroughly pleased, and wondered why this wasn’t advertised more. Florida is beautiful and sunny, but it often seems monotonous, at least geologically speaking…so it seemed nice to find something a little more out of the ordinary. It also helped that even though it was nearly the beginning of winter, in this part of Florida, it had a very September-ish feel, at least to a Michiganian.
1) This little gem of a waterfall is not very difficult to find. At the junction of I-10 and US-41 north of Lake City, head north on US-41 for a very short distance, only about 0.2 miles.
2) Right off of US-41 is Falling Creek Road. Turn right onto Falling Creek Road, and head down to the park.
3) At the park, follow the beautiful boardwalk to the falls (to your left).
Accessibility: 10/10 (I think a wheelchair could even do this.)
Where in the World is Falling Creek Falls?: map