So here's the photo journey through Falling Waters State Park
Falling Waters State Park
The park includes a series of elevated boardwalks over the limestone sinkholes. The walkways allow hikers to get close to the pits without falling in.
Placard explaining why you can't just hike through this forest...
The photo angles don't do justice to the size of the sinkholes. They could easily swallow a car and many are a hundred feet deep or more.
Sinkhole (one of many)
Another sinkhole and placard explaining the Karst formation
It was nearly impossible to get a photo that showed the depth of Florida's highest waterfall. The falls start at ground-level, and cascade down 100 feet into a limestone tunnel. A set of stairs with decks allow visitors to get about halfway down the falls.
The top of the waterfall
If you ever needed any perspective about how very flat Florida is, consider that the state's tallest waterfall doesn't cascade off of the side of a mountain or even a steep hill... it tumbles into a cave.
On a deck about halfway down the waterfall
The park also has a short series of nature trails and a pretty-looking swimming area. (Note: Even though the swimming area was much nicer-looking than the "Blue Hole" at Florida Caverns , Hubby and I still didn't go for a swim. By the time we arrived, thunder clouds were moving in.)
Trail between the waterfall and the lake
Lake at Falling Waters State Park
Lake and swimming area (far side of lake)
Near the trailhead parking area there is a butterfly garden...