If you have time, visit this beautifully restored sinkhole lake. Erosion of limestone rock by rainwater over time created a large cavity within the bedrock. When the roof of the cavity collapsed, a depression resulted which eventually filled with rainwater. Cherokee Sink was acquired by the state in 1999 and has since been part of Wakulla Springs State Park. Access to the sink is via a one mile one-way hiking trail which begins at the Cherokee Sink parking lot.
Directions: Cherokee Sink parking lot is located just off State Road 61, 1.3 miles southwest of the main entrance to Wakulla Springs State Park (which is located on State Road 267). To reach Cherokee Sink Trailhead from the main entrance of the park, turn left onto SR 267 and drive 0.1 miles. At the caution light at the intersection of SR 267 and SR 61 turn left (south) onto SR 61 and continue 1.2 miles. Turn right onto an unpaved park road at the small Cherokee Sink sign and proceed to the parking lot.
Description: Cherokee Sink is at the end of a one mile hiking trail along a sandy road. The trail skill level is considered EASY. The sink is 175 feet wide and 260 feet long. The maximum water depth is 77 feet. An observation deck is located on the eastern side of the sink. Stairways on the northern and southern sides of the sink provide closer views of the water. Cherokee Sink is not a designated swimming area. The only picnic and restroom facilities are located in the parking area at the trailhead.
Activities: Hiking. Bicycling. Fishing. Open Water Diving (Pre-qualifications and 24 hour advance registration required call 850-561-7276).
Facilities: Parking, ADA portolet restroom, and picnic area at trailhead. There is no potable water available. Please carry sufficient drinking water.
Minimum time to allow: 60 minutes.
Fee: Yes. $4 per vehicle with up to 8 passengers.
Hours: 8:00am to one hour before sunset, 365 days a year.
Contact: Phone: 850-561-7276