You can roam among giant cypress trees at a park in Florida and feel like you're in a galaxy far, far away. Visit Leon Sinks Geological Area for its towering trees and lush greenery that resemble the forest moon of Endor in Star Wars.
The park is located in the Apalachicola National Forest in Tallahassee, situated in the Panhandle. The woodsy and ethereal landscape of the area recalls the beautiful forest scenery in the movie we all know and love.
While there may not be any Ewoks, the forest is home to a diverse range of animals such as foxes, deer, turtles, birds, and alligators, so it's a great spot for observing a large array of wildlife.
Leon Sinks features a series of sinkholes that connect and is considered the location of the longest underwater cave in the country. These sinks appear as blue pools, the largest of which is called Big Dismal, at 130 feet deep.
The sinkholes aren't the only interesting aspect of the park. You can also observe the Lost Stream, which reportedly "disappears" at a point and reappears further downstream.
The cypress trees that give the area its unique look grow throughout the Sinks, thriving in the swampy environment. You can stroll through these impressive trees and imagine you're in a fictional land.
If you need some inspiration, you can see Endor and the Ewoks in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The planetary system is visited again in the most recent and final installment of the saga, The Rise of Skywalker.
There are plenty of boardwalks and pathways through the park that will take you on an enchanting journey.
Leon Sinks Geological Area
Price: $5 per vehicle
Address: 2564 Wildflower Rd., Tallahassee, FL
Why You Need To Go: This otherworldly forest in the Panhandle will captivate you with its natural beauty.
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