Lake Eaton Sinkhole Trail
ElevationAscent: 50' 15 m
Descent: -50' -15 m
High: 135' 41 m
Low: 105' 32 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“This trail travels through sand pine scrub to reach a 122-foot-deep sinkhole!”— Wilhelmina van Dijk
At the sinkhole, the trail turns into a boardwalk. The descent into the sinkhole is easy (a little less than 200 steps) with an observation deck at the top and the bottom. The sinkhole is dry and has a wide range of vegetation different from that at the surface. Returning to the parking lot from the sinkhole is an easy 0.5 miles.
Using the cut-off, this trail is about a mile long. As shown here, it's 1.7 miles. It's easily combined with the Lake Eaton Loop Trail (2.1 miles) that starts across FR 79.
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Land Manager: USFS - Ocala National Forest Office