Falling Waters State Park is a beautiful and interesting place to visit. Huge pine trees and fern-covered sinkholes line Sink Hole Trail, the boardwalk that leads visitors to Florida’s highest waterfall. No matter if you want to camp for a while or see interesting things for the day, this park is like a breath of fresh air.
Only a few miles south of I-10 midway across the Florida panhandle, the park provides travelers with a quiet, serene stop on their journey. Visitors can see beautiful native and migrating butterflies in the butterfly garden, take a dip in the lake, or have a family picnic. Hikers can experience the verdant, gently sloping landscape of North Florida. Park rangers host interpretive programs in the amphitheater. Full-facility campsites nestled in a shady pine forest provide the perfect excuse for an overnight stay at Falling Waters.
The park gets its name from the 73-foot waterfall that flows into a 100-foot sinkhole (the largest waterfall in Florida). Be advised, though, this waterfall only flows when there has been enough rain to keep the stream running. Where the water goes after it enters the sinkhole, nobody knows! The park is also located on one of the highest hills in Florida (you probably won’t get a nose bleed at 324-feet above sea level).
As you walk the trail to the waterfall, you will notice side trails that take you through a maze of sinkholes ranging from small to large enough that trees are growing in them.
Have you ever been to one of those state parks where you feel like your neighbor is in your spot with you? The camp spaces are so close you’re afraid your slide-out will hit the camper next to you. If you have, then Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, FL will be like a breath of fresh air.
There are 24 camping spaces, some of which accommodate up to a 45-foot motor home. Each space is provided with water, electricity, picnic tables, ground grills and a clothesline (most parks don’t allow clotheslines – this one provides them).
A cascading waterfall with breath taking sinkholes, beautiful vistas and camping are just the beginning of your experience of this unique park nestled in the heart of the Florida panhandle. Bring the whole family out to spend a day exploring! The park offers fishing, shaded picnic areas, a playground, camping, and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities in some of the rarer habitats in Florida, home to several species of protected plants and animals, Falling Waters State Park offers something for everyone. When you visit the park, please be sure to bring extra drinking water, sunscreen, and insect repellant with you.
FYI: at the time of this writing, we paid $19 and some change per day for camping with a trailer; that included the tax! And, because I couldn’t get the trailer high enough to get it off of the hitch, I asked a ranger that was passing by if he knew where I could find a two by six piece of wood… he said to give him a couple of minutes. About three minutes later, he showed back up with a two by six and a four by six just in case, then offered to help set up (though he did say I was lazy because we have an electric jack… yes, he was kidding)! I added this side note because it impressed me that it is a great price and the people are friendly and helpful.