Last week I was on vacation at Deep Creek in Western Maryland, and in the mornings I would visit Swallow Falls State Park, which has some absolutely beautiful waterfalls. I came home to Florida wanting more, but, well, this is Florida. I've known of a small falls along the Florida Trail in the Little Big Econ State Forest, but I've never gone to see it. Those that have often joke about how small it is. But I decided I had to go see for myself. The waterfall is called Boonie Falls, and it can be accessed by parking in the grass next to Lockwood Blvd in Oviedo. There is hardly any signage, and so you have to know where it is in order to find it. But I made the half-mile walk to the falls.
A Nice Little Pond You Can Almost See
The walk out there was prettier than I anticipated. I arrived at 5:30pm, so the sun was still a little to high for photographing trees, but I took a few shots with my point and shoot anyway, just for fun. These photos will at least give you a sense of how pretty the trail is. Much of the trail is actually a very rudimentary boardwalk, and part of it looks brand new.
After crossing a small bridge over Lockwood Creek, the trail takes a sharp turn to the left, and you can hear the falls. I chuckled almost as soon as I found it. There's a sign explaining that this is the southernmost falls along the Florida Trail and a bench that, should you sit on it, would almost give you a nice view of the falls except for the small tree that partially obstructs your view.
Boonie Falls is a Little More interesting in Video
So I visited the southernmost waterfall on the Florida Trail. It's nothing to write home about, but I guess it is something to blog about. Perhaps I'll visit it again in the hopes of some better photos, but more likely, if I go there again, it will be to find wildlife and scenery. But I'm glad I went and saw it. It was a fun experience.
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