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Turquoise pools and steep sided sink holes await hikers on the short, scenic Sinkhole Trail through the Leon Sinks Geological Area. Follow the path of the powerful underground waterways that formed this uncommon landscape. Years of rain and groundwater dissolved the underlying limestone bedrock creating underground caves which form the unique karst terrain.
What Will I See?
- Impressive karst landscape
- Approximately 75 different 0species of plants
- Wildlife including fox squirrels, gopher tortoises, deer, red-shouldered hawks and blind crayfish
- Wet and dry sinkholes including Hammock and Big Dismal
About This Destination
As the largest of national forest in Florida, the Apalachicola is home to 567,798 acres of beautiful scenery and six watersheds. Abundant plant life, includes long leaf pines, cypress, and pitcher plants. Many important wildlife species,such as the endangered red‐cockaded woodpecker, have made their homes within the landscape.
What Should I Know?
Amenities: Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Parking
Operating Hours: Daylight use only
Fee: $3 per person (Federal Fee Area)
Sinkhole Trail (north half of loop) is 2.5 miles long; Gum Swamp Trail (south half of loop) is 1.7 miles long; Crossover Trail (west to east) at 0.5 miles cuts through the middle
Interpretive signs describe karst geology and plant and wildlife
Swimming is not permitted in the sinkholes.