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A Trip to Falling Waters State Park

Violet Sky at Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, Florida
Violet Sky at Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, Florida
First oil well in Florida, Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, Florida
First oil well in Florida, Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, Florida
Turtle Lake at Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, Florida
Turtle Lake at Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, Florida
Wiregrass Trail at Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, Florida
Wiregrass Trail at Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, Florida

Home of the tallest waterfall in the state of Florida, Falling Waters State Park is a scenic destination for those looking to escape into the wilderness. Just a short drive south of I-10 near Chipley in the Panhandle, this park has many activities for visitors.

 

History

The sinkholes nestled throughout the grounds were once used by the Seminole Indians during the war against Andrew Jackson.

During the Civil War a gristmill was erected to grind corn. Later the site of the mill was turned into a distillery in the 1890s.

The oil well that was drilled in 1919 was the first of it’s kind in Florida and was capped in 1921 after not enough supply was found.

The park was founded in 1962 after Washington County Development Authority donated the land to have a park created.

 

Violet Sky’s Visit

I have visited this waterfall several times. Sometimes there is water flowing over the falls and other times it is a slow trickle. If you can plan it out right, I would recommend visiting the waterfalls after rainfall to optimize your chances of seeing flowing water. Either way there is a lot of fun activities at Falling Waters State Park.

 

How to Visit

There are many options of activites to do while you visit the park. From hiking down forest trails or swimming in a lake there are opportunities for fun.

Falling Waters Waterfall happens to be the tallest waterfall in the state of Florida and drops 100 feet into a natural sinkhole. Seasonal weather affects the water flow that tumbles over the falls.

Several sinkholes are scattered across the state park and viewing platforms allow visitors to snap photos on their journey.

Hiking trails wind through the woodlands and plaques tell the park history and diversity in nature during your walk.

Turtle Lake is a two acre reservoir that helps keep water flowing over the falls. The lake has a gorgeous sandy beach for swimming as well as docks for fishing and nature watching. Watch out for alligators!

Pavilions complete with picnic tables are conveniently located throughout the park offering guests the chance to have a nice place to eat.

in parking lot that allows children to stretch their legs.

Falling Waters State Park offers campsites for guests on one of the highest hills in the state. 24 campsites are scattered amongst the woods for overnight stays. Utilities, restrooms and a dump station are all conveniences offered to campers.

For current admission rates and operating hours please visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/falling-waters-state-park.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

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