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Steinhatchee Falls

The Steinhatchee Tract is an area of 1,766 acres in Taylor County along and to the west of the Steinhatchee River, where a secret waterfall hides. The area is owned by the Suwannee River Water Management District.

The Steinhatchee River flows 35 miles from Mallory Swamp in Lafayette County, through Taylor and Dixie counties to the Gulf of Mexico. Just north of the town of Tennille, at the south portion of the Steinhatchee Springs WMA, the river goes underground and re-emerges about a half mile further south. The land area where the river comes back out of the ground is referred to as the Steinhatchee Rise.

The Steinhatchee hiking trail runs south of Tennille along the river for 3.3 miles through oak hammocks, flat woods, and forested areas before ending at Steinhatchee Falls - claimed to be the widest falls in Florida. Even though the falls have a small drop over limestone ledges, they are still very impressive. There are restroom facilities at the trailheads at both ends of the trail. And a kayak/canoe launch is available near the falls.

There are several access points to the Steinhatchee Falls Tract. The north trailhead for the 3-mile Falls hiking trail is along SR51 just south of its intersection with U.S. 19. The multi-use trail winds south along the river to Steinhatchee Falls. At Steinhatchee Falls, there is a park with a nearby kayak launch, a picnic shelter, and restrooms. Access to this area is via a dirt road along the east side of S.R. 51 about 2 miles south of U.S. 19. From the kayak launch, a shaded trail continues south along the riverbank.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Steinhatchee Falls

Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto crossed the Steinhatchee “at the Falls” after landing in Deadmans Bay.

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