Ahhh The Sunshine State, a treasure trove of tropical vibes, beachy views, and hidden gems waiting to be uncovered. And while the state is mostly flat, you can still find some pretty gorgeous waterfalls tucked away in places you may least expect them. At Florida's Rainbow Springs State Park, you can do just that if you know where to look.

Rainbow Springs is a gorgeous little spot in Dunnellon Florida. Best known for its head spring, this crystal clear oasis offers a plethora of fun for nature lovers.

Aside from being able to swim here for a mere $2, nature trails will wind you through some stunning and serene views. Everyone needs a little escape from the hustle of the city and every now and then, after all.

But the swimming hole and nature hiking trails aren't where you'll find the waterfall, you'll have to take the path less traveled to uncover this little gem.

So how do you actually get there?

When you walk into the park, to your right you'll see a path that leads to the turquoise spring. You can head that way to dip your toes in. But if you're looking for this secret waterfall first, you're gonna want to take a hard left.

Follow the concrete path; some signs will point you in the right direction. After a short trek over some light hills, you'll happen upon the falls, gently trickling away surrounded by lush tropical landscape.

If you've had your fill of hiking to the waterfall and swimming, you can also go on a lazy river tubing adventure down Rainbow River for hours of floating bliss.

Whether you're here for the waterfall or simply a gorgeous place to swim, Rainbow Springs State Park has ya covered.

Rainbow Springs State Park

Price: $2 admission to swim in the headsprings; other fees will vary.

Address: 19158 SW 81st Place Rd. Dunnellon FL 

Why You Need To Go: The perfect cheap place to beat the heat with a swim in crystal clear turquoise waters will also offer tons of scenic views on their hiking trails — including a hidden waterfall waiting for you to discover it.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.


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