View from Waterfall at the Sink Hole, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.

Falling Waters State Park, Florida

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By Barbara Lindsoe

Falling Waters State Park is located 3 miles south of Chipley, Florida.  It is easily accessible from I-10.  Twenty-four full facility camp sights, equipped with electricity, fresh water, picnic tables and grills and a clothesline, are available for campers.  The restrooms and showers have recently been updated.

View from Sink Hole Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
A peek into the forest along the Sink Hole Trail.

Hikers can walk the beautiful trails in the park and see what Florida looked like 400 years ago when the Spaniards arrived in La Florida. They can take a swim in the lake or lay on the beach.  Fishing permits are also available.  There are also picnic shelters, and a butterfly garden.

The park lands have an interesting history.   There was once a Civil War era gristmill, and later a distillery, on the site.   Florida's first oil well was also once on this land, drilled in 1919, but it was soon capped, due to non-productivity. 

View from Sink Hole Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
View from Sink Hole Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
View fromInformational Sign on Sink Hole Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
The parks special feature is Florida's highest waterfall. You reach it by following Sink Hole Trail, which is lined with sinkholes covered in pine trees and ferns. 
View fromTiny Waterfall into the Sink Hole, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
Just a hint of a waterfall, dropping over the edge of the rocks.
 
 The sinkholes were used by Native Americans to hide, during the Seminole wars.  It is estimated that these sinkholes are over 20 million years old.
Over the Edge of the Sink Hole, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
Chuck peers over the edge of the Sink Hole, with the water fall cascading behind him.
 
Falling Waters Sink is a 100 ft. deep, 20 ft. wide pit.  A small stream flows into the pit, dropping  73 ft. to the bottom of the sink.   
View from Deep in the Sink Hole, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
Looking down into the sink hole. Despite the debris, the bottom is hard to discern.
 
The Mystery:  The final destination of the water, is unknown!

Admission:
$5.00 per vehicle, limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 single occupant vehicle.
$2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers
Camping:
$18.00 per night plus tax. Florida residents 65 and older receive a 50% discount.  Open year round.

View from Leaving Sink Hole Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida.
Walking along the ramp, leaving the Sink Hole Trail.

For more information on Falling Waters State Park, visit their website here :  https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Falling-Waters

Or visit the Florida VISIT FLORIDA tourism informational site here :  VisitFlorida-FallingWaters

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