Florida is home to a wide variety of species, including marine animals, reptiles, birds, and crustaceans. At 345 feet (105 meters) above sea level, Britton Hill is Florida's highest point, while the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are the lowest. The state has 29 natural wonders, including five national parks, two international monuments, 11 state parks, and nine wildlife refuges.
The top five highest points in Florida are all located in the southeast part of the state: Britton Hill, 400 feet (120 meters); High Point, 365 feet (111 meters); Daniel's Viewpoint, 320 feet (984 meters); Sunrise Trail, 310 feet (94 meters); and Topton, 300 feet (91 meters). These were once part of a single mountain range that extended into Georgia but were separated when the original mountain range was uplifted by tectonic forces. Moisture from tropical storms and hurricanes was able to find an escape route through gaps in the barrier islands, which helped create one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth.
The bottom line: Florida is a tall state with three major mountain ranges located in the Southeast part of the state.
Britton Hill, at 345 feet above mean sea level, is Florida's highest natural point and the lowest "high point" in the United States. You may reach the summit without the assistance of a sherpa. The hill is located in Gulf County, about 25 miles southwest of Panama City.
Florida's topography is dominated by the Appalachian Mountains system, which runs along the eastern border with Georgia. There are actually more mountains in South Carolina but they're all smaller than those in Florida. Topographically, Florida is divided into three regions: the coastal plain, which extends from just south of Jacksonville to around Brooksville; the piedmont, which stretches from around Brooksville to around Tallahassee; and the central mountain range, which covers much of middle Florida including Orlando and Tampa.
The state's only true desert is found in the southeast corner of the state near Savannah, Georgia. Otherwise, water plays an important role in shaping Florida's landscape. For example, nearly all of Florida is known as "the Sunshine State" because of the presence of vast amounts of sunlight that penetrate the state's many layers of clouds and allow for an array of plants to grow throughout.
Many rivers flow through Florida bringing life-giving water to its surface.
345 meters If you've never heard of Britton Hill in Florida, you're probably not a mountain climber and certainly not a high pointer. The trail to the top is fairly easy to follow and takes about 3 hours round-trip.
The highest point in Dade County is also the highest point in Florida. The summit of Mount Washington (300 feet) is located in North Carolina but the entire mountain is part of the State of Georgia.
The highest point in Palm Beach County is also the highest point in South Florida. It is also the highest point in the state outside of Florida's northern panhandle region. Coral Castle on South Miami-Dade Island is an interesting sight to see as you drive by. The castle was built by Donald DeSousa who claimed to have climbed up the mountains where it now stands and brought down the rocks to build his castle.
Mount Agung has a peak that exceeds 6,200 feet, making it the highest mountain in Java Island. However, due to severe deforestation of the area around the mountain's base, its actual height is likely less than 6,000 feet.
Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in southern Florida. But it is also one of the most polluted lakes in the country.
Britton Hill is in Walton County, about a half mile south of the Alabama border and 68 miles northeast of Pensacola. The Atlantic Ocean's sea level is the lowest place in Florida. Water flows into and out of this state through the Floridan Aquifer, which reaches depths of more than 400 feet near its source in northern Florida.
The aquifer supplies water to many communities in northern Florida and also plays a role in causing flooding when the water rises too high. It has been called the "fountain of Florida" because it produces numerous small streams that flow into coastal rivers.
Walton County is a rural area with several small towns including Rockledge, Santa Rosa Beach, and Satellite. There are no major cities in Walton County.
The population of Walton County is approximately 150,000 people.
There are several beaches in Walton County. They include Gulf View Beach, Indian Beach, North Fort Myers Beach, and South Fort Myers Beach.
Gulf View Beach is a county park that features shells from all over the world as well as picnic tables, pavilions, and grills for cooking food. There is also a playground for children. This is a popular spot with people living in Fort Myers as well as those visiting from outside of the city.
Lakewood is the highest town in Florida, lying on the border that separates the states of Florida and Alabama and not far from Britton Hill, the state's highest point. Lakewood is somewhat lower in height than Britton Hill, which is 345 feet (105 meters). The elevation of Lakewood is 984 feet (300 meters), while that of Britton Hill is 1,206 feet (367 meters).
There are three cities in Florida with higher elevations than Lakewood: Marietta is up near where Georgia and Florida meet- about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Atlanta - and has a population of about 20,000; Tallahassee is up near where Georgia and Florida meet as well - about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Jacksonville - and has a population of about 160,000; and Pensacola is on an island off the coast of Florida about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Mobile Bay and has a population of about 65,000.
These are the only cities in Florida with higher elevations than Lakewood. Otherwise, all other towns and counties in Florida have lower elevations than Lakewood.