Falling Waters Falls, Florida

The top of Falling Waters Falls, Florida.  August 6, 2009.

The top of Falling Waters Falls, Florida. August 6, 2009.

As many of you know, Betsy and I like to plan our trips so that we can visit new waterfalls.  Our recent trip to Florida was no exception and we visited waterfalls both on the way to Florida and on the way back.

Finding waterfalls to visit in north Georgia was no problem — there are many we haven’t seen.  But Florida or south Georgia proved to be more difficult.  But our research did find one natural waterfall in Florida.  It is located in Falling Waters State Park, south of Chipley, Florida, in the Florida panhandle.  So we arranged to visit the park on our way home.

Falling Waters State Park contains huge trees and fern-covered sinkholes.  Sink Hole Trail is a boardwalk that leads around several sinkholes and to the waterfall.  The waterfall is fed by seepage springs, so there wasn’t a great deal of  water, as you can see by the picture above, which shows the top of the falls.

But the waterfall is still fascinating, because it is contained in a 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit.  The actual drop of the water is 73 feet.  The picture below shows some of the debris in the bottom of the pit.

The bottom of the sinkhole into which Falling Waters Falls flows.  August 6, 2009.

The bottom of the sinkhole into which Falling Waters Falls flows. August 6, 2009.

The water’s final destination after dropping into the pit is not known.

We’ve visited waterfalls that have a higher volume of water, but Falling Waters Falls was still a fascinating addition to our collection.

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7 Responses to “Falling Waters Falls, Florida”

  1. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Sometimes the small stream falls are the best, especially if they have a very long drop. Great photos.

  2. Karin Says:

    Very picturesque, especially because there is not that much water flowing over the edge. Don’t like the idea of sink holes though – shudders!!!

  3. Rose Says:

    That is a fascinating waterfall…never seen anything like it.

  4. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: That is a really cool place.

  5. Happyone Says:

    Not much water but a long way down and it is so pretty to see.

  6. Cheryl Says:

    I have never seen a waterfall with the pit at the end of it, amazing!

  7. Hilda Says:

    The entire Sink Hole Trail, including the falls at the end, I find absolutely fascinating.

    I had to look it up the word first — I’ve heard it used before but only idiomatically. Your use was definitely the scientific variety so I needed to know exactly what it was 🙂

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