Geology is the focus of Falling Waters State Park, which sits atop a tall ridge. The cascade plunges more than 70 feet into a cylindrical sinkhole lined with ferns and mosses, and the observation platform is about a third of the way down.
Fees: $4-5 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome, but not on boardwalks
Now let us quash the rumors right here: this is NOT the only waterfall in Florida, it’s just that it’s more accessible than most. There are tall skinny ones, there are wider ones, and there are more spectacular cascades. But none drops as deep as Falling Waters, since this waterfall dramatically vanishes into a dark naturally-round sinkhole.
The waterfall put Chipley on the map in the 1860s, when a grist mill operated from its power. By 1882, the railroad shifted commerce a few miles north.
A series of boardwalks lead you around yawning sinkholes and up into the pine flatwoods, fragrant in spring with wild azalea blooms. Campers relax beneath the shadows of tall longleaf pines, with a swimming pond below. A playground is atop a high ridge. It’s a spectacular slice of Florida scenery at both the macro and landscape level, well worth pulling off I-10 for some exploration.
Explore the park
- Falling Waters Sinkhole Trail - Iconic as the home of Florida’s tallest waterfall, Falling Waters State Park is a showcase for Florida geology just south of I-10 in Chipley. Follow the Sinkhole Trail to see the waterfall and some very deep sinkholes.