In Northwest Florida, Stop at Falling Waters State Park

By: Kevin Mims


I'm just returning from a trip up to Northwest Florida where Hilda Mitrani and I put on a presentation to the folks attending the Florida Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs. Hilda covered all sorts of great places to visit and I told a few stories of my outdoor experiences and shared several cool spots to check out as well. Good stuff!

On my way home I stopped at a couple of parks that I don't get to visit very often - one being Falling Waters State Park near Chipley. There's good full-facility camping there awesome trails that take you around massive sinkholes - but the real draw to the park is the waterfall.

Head out from the parking area down a short trail that leads you to Florida's highest waterfall. Water from a small stream cascades down 73 feet into a cylinder shaped sinkhole - it is quite a sight to see even when there's only a trickle! As you walk down to the viewing platform you'll notice the temperature drops considerably - if you want some relief from the heat this summer visit Falling Waters State Park and hang out by the waterfall. The best time to see it in full flow is after a summer shower where the stream fills up before falling into the sinkhole. 

Here's a short video of the waterfall - for more information visit

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