At 73 feet, Falling Waters is home to Florida's tallest waterfall. that's solely one hundred feet shorter than Niagara Falls, that is darned spectacular during a state where the very best elevation is barely 345 feet. The trick is that almost all of the water falls underground into a sinkhole.
The potential of power generated from tumbling water attracted business within the nineteenth century.
A grist mill operated here, grinding corn into grits and cornmeal throughout the Civil War. In 1891, a whiskey distillery simply higher than the waterfall provided legal hooch for nearby railway employees. A crack within the earth and previous Indian legends triggered dreams of black gold within the head of Jose Mantanza. In 1919 he parsed along a tall, picket derrick and steam-driven rig and sunk one in every of Florida's 1st oil wells at Falling Water. At 3.900 feet a blow of gas shook the bottom and reports of a gusher raced through the community. however no oil followed. Drilling continued to a depth of virtually one mile however no oil was ever found. The well was capped in 1921.
At Falling Waters State Park you are taking your dog into woods of towering Southern pines and Northern hardwoods however it does not take long for this hike to stop to resemble a typical forest walk. in brief order you're introduced to fern-draped sinkholes, the namesake waterfall, a wiregrass prairie, and a two-acre lake. The path system primarily links the Sinks path to the Wiregrass path to the Terrace path. ranging from the automobile parking space your dog are going to be operating up one in every of Florida's highest hills to an elevation of 324 feet within the campground. most likely not enough to line him to panting however midway the path passes by the lake where your dog will slip in for a fast refresher. Detailed plant identification brochures accompany the path to elucidate the made biodiversity that exists along the Branch Creek. Your dog are going to be trotting on elaborate boardwalks and also the remnants of previous country roads throughout the park.