The Weeping Ridge Trail is an extraordinarily rugged little nature trail for Florida, thanks to the steeply inclined terrain, but with a payoff of seeing one of Florida’s waterfalls, how can you resist?
Length: 1 mile round trip
Trailhead: 30.568467, -84.947050
Fees: State park entrance fee
Land Manager: Florida State Parks
Open 8 AM to sunset. Leashed dogs permitted. This is a moderately strenuous hike. Nearest restroom is in the campground.
Follow SR 12 south from the I-10 exit for Bristol to CR 270. Follow signs along CR 270 west to the park. Make a left onto the campground road, and park on the left at the trailhead sign.
The Weeping Ridge Trail heads immediately downhill from the nature trail parking area near the campground, passing under a power line as it enters the deeply shaded hardwood forest.
You reach a junction with a side trail from the campground. Turn left and head down a steep slope that shows a good bit of erosion, and can be rather slippery if it has rained recently.
The open understory lets you see what’s coming as the trail continues to drop quickly down the ridge.
After a half mile, you make a sharp left to come to the end of the trail at a bluff above the ravine, overlooking the falls.
A needle palm flourishes in the humid microclimate created by the constant splash of water. The volume of the falls varies according to recent rains.
On the ridge above, a young torreya tree – looking like a broad-needled hemlock – grows on the hillside above the trail.
Retrace your steps – all uphill now – to return.
See our photos of Torreya State Park