Lake Eaton Sinkhole Trailhead

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Trail leading into the forest.

High in the sand pine/scrub oak forest is the Lake Eaton Sinkhole Trail, winding through palmetto and deer moss to a dry sinkhole about 80 feet deep and 450 feet wide. A choice of three different hiking routes lead to the rim of the sinkhole, where an observation deck allows you to take in the magnitude of this geological feature. 

Lake Eaton Campground

A large, shallow lake cradled by the Big Scrub, Lake Eaton offers many distinctive faces. As a seasonal access area, the Lake Eaton Campground has only 14 sites. At the end of the road, the Lake Eaton Boat Launch and Pier offers opportunities for boating and fishing.


  • Access to Lake Eaton for anglers and birders at the end of the entrance road for the Lake Eaton Campground. You do not need to be camping to enjoy lake access, which is open year-round.


  • Open seasonally, the Lake Eaton Campground provides access for campers and day use visitors to Lake Eaton via a boat ramp and accessible fishing pier.

Fishing and Nature Viewing

  • Shallow and broad, Lake Eaton covers 308 acres and is accessible from several points along its extensive shoreline for fishing, birding and wildlife watching. Fish from the pier at the adjacent Lake Eaton day use area or drop your boat in at the ramp.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Fees Free
Closest Towns: Scrambletown is to the south along CR 314 Salt Springs to the north.

General Information

General Notes:

Amenities at the Campground

  • Boat ramp
  • Campsites: 14 tent and RV campsites
  • Interpretive nature trail
  • Parking
  • Vault toilets (at the campground)

Licenses and Passes


  • Boating in the National Forests in Florida is regulated by the state of Florida. Please visit our boating web page before you grab your personal floatation device and head out onto the water.  


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