Florida might be the flattest state, but the Sunshine State is also the home of some of the most wonderful waterfalls. Hidden like gemstones, these waterfalls are scattered across the flat state, but are a must-see if you’re visiting Florida. That is, if you don’t mind maybe disappearing? Because these waterfalls are also among the most dangerously haunted places in Florida.
Beware These Haunted Florida Waterfalls
Table of Contents
- 1 10) Falling Waters State Park – Chipley
- 2 9) Camp Branch Conservation Area – White Springs
- 3 8) Little Falls – Stuart
- 4 7) Steinhatchee Falls – Steinhatchee
- 5 6) Falling Creek – Lake City
- 6 5) A Small Waterfall – Torreya State Park
- 7 4) Big Shoals State Park – White Springs
- 8 3) Rainbow Springs – Dunnellon
- 9 2) Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site – Gainesville
- 10 1) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Sarasota
- 11 Conclusion
10) Falling Waters State Park – Chipley
A romantic, starlit picnic, a joyous afternoon with the family, or just a piece of history – the tallest waterfall in Florida has it all. Yet, that does not stop the waterfall from being haunted.
Once, a group of teenagers that went out on a hike were traumatized by hearing the same screams over and over. Turns out, back in the 1950’s, a woman and her three children disappeared in the area. They say the woman took her children, two boys and a little girl, out for a picnic, but they never returned.
The locals believe her spirit, and the spirits of her children, still roam the area, trying to find their way back home.
9) Camp Branch Conservation Area – White Springs
The disappearing creek at the conservation area flows into a beautiful waterfall that entices all campers.
When a man was camping there a few years ago, he was awakened in the middle of the night by strange, childlike laughter. As he got closer, the laughter turned into crying sobs. Chilled to the bone, the man looked for the little girl, but she was nowhere to be found.
Locals say that more than two decades ago, a local woman left her little girl at a local diner, telling her she would go to the park and be back soon. The mother never returned, but her little girl set off for to look for her mother on her own. She died soon after, but at night, she is still crying, looking for her mother.
8) Little Falls – Stuart
This waterfall holds one of the biggest secrets of all time. Many visitors believe that something horrible has happened at Little Falls because if you get close to the waterfall you will hear a little girl’s cries for help.
There are rumors about a father and a little girl that used to live near Little Falls. The father was abusive, and one day, he beat the little girl, who ran away in fear and disappeared. All she carried with her was a little doll.
They say her spirit is still running, many years later, crying for help, just hoping for anyone to notice the warning signs before it’s too late, completely unaware that she died in the water, and it’s already too late.
7) Steinhatchee Falls – Steinhatchee
Some say the chants are part of a game that local boys play on tourists, but others say otherwise. When people go looking for the boys, all they find are strange wreaths made of thorns.
They say the falls are a gathering place for the lost spirits of brutally drowned little boys.
Some ghost hunters have tried to interrupt the rituals to ask what exactly happened, and to make sure it doesn’t happen to any other little boys, but their findings have been inconclusive.
6) Falling Creek – Lake City
The falls of Falling Creek is possibly the most scenic waterfall in Florida, and during the summer heat, you probably want to jump in the water and enjoy them.
If you do that, you may find a girl in the waters. Three decades ago, a young girl of thirteen went out on a date with an older boy, who took advantage of her.
Some say she didn’t survive the night, others say she disappeared, and the grimmest say that the girl killed herself. People, to this day, feel drawn into the water to try and save her.
Others say she’s all grown up now, she continued to age normally while stuck between worlds, and some say she’s carrying on the cycle of abuse with her victims.
5) A Small Waterfall – Torreya State Park
The Torreya State Park is peaceful and green. The blue waters beg for swimming and camping with family, and the small waterfall is just beautiful at sunset.
But, there’s a rumor going on that the waterfall is haunted by a white shadow. They say the shadow looms over the water in daylight and roams the grounds at night, whispering in people’s ears as they sleep and calling their names.
The white shadow is widely believed to be the spirit of a kid, who was murdered near the place.
Locals have reported finding all sorts of little statues and relics nearby, but nobody has ever taken credit for their creation.
4) Big Shoals State Park – White Springs
The foamy waters of this waterfall can make a hot day a lot better. The waters are rapid, and kayakers have been braving them for many years.
Perhaps that’s the reason why this park is the place where three visitors disappeared from the trail back in 2012. Locals say that the park is haunted by a little girl, who was the daughter of a fisherman. When her dad took her out on the water in a canoe, she fell over and drowned.
Now her spirit plays deadly games with visitors.
Some wonder what really happened that day, but dare not to disturb the family. If she wants her story to be told, maybe she’ll let you get close enough to hear it.
3) Rainbow Springs – Dunnellon
The Rainbow Springs hold residency as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Florida. The whole place is hauntingly beautiful and the water is a pristine turquoise.
However, the water is haunted by the lonely spirit of a little boy. Little more than ten years ago, a family was vacationing in the area, camping at the Rainbow Springs State Park campground. On the last night, the boy disappeared.
They say that if you visit at twilight, you will be able to hear the voice of the little boy calling you, the sound floating over the water.
Some reports say the boy can become very frustrated if you don’t acknowledge him immediately, others say it’s like he tries to play tricks on them to get their attention but quickly turns violent on a moment’s notice.
2) Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site – Gainesville
The Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site is described by most people as a peaceful and wonderful. It’s the home of one of the nicest waterfalls in the USA. But, when the weather is rainy and storms rule supreme, people have reported hearing terrible screams coming from beneath the waters.
A woman visited the place and jumped into the water, claiming she had to save the dying children. Legend says that centuries ago, a local witch would kidnap urchins and drown them into the waters as sacrifice.
1) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Sarasota
When you enter the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, you will never want to leave – and maybe even if you wanted to, you couldn’t. Called the Living Museum, the gardens have a breathtaking beauty. Visitors go for the lush landscape and to swim, but they might also disappear, as a family of four did a couple of years back.
The disappearance is thought to be caused by a girl who doesn’t belong among the living anymore. First, you hear her calling for her kitty, and when you try to get closer, you will feel the cold, even on the hottest day of the year.
Families and compassionate people are most likely to fall for her evil scheme from beyond the grave. It’s unclear how this little girl become trapped in our world, and wasn’t able to crossover. Maybe Heaven couldn’t accept her evil soul, and Hell couldn’t keep her contained?
Some waterfalls in Florida are magical in their beauty, some invite you to swim and enjoy.
Others are a death sentence waiting to happen.
Be careful when you go exploring.
It might just be the last time anyone will see you.