Florida's Tallest Waterfall

Florida’s Tallest Waterfall

When I first read about Florida’s tallest waterfall at Falling Waters State Park my first thought was “I didn’t know there were ANY waterfalls in Florida!” I had to see it with my own eyes.

So off we went to Falling Waters State Park to check it out. The campground sits at 324 feet above sea level on top of one of the highest hills in Florida.

An easy trail down the hill leads to a small pond and boardwalk trails to the waterfall and around several sinkholes. We observed the 73 foot tall waterfall from a platform above the falls but construction on the platform near the bottom of the falls prevented us from seeing the water dropping into the sinkhole at the bottom.

Florida's Tallest Waterfall at Falling Waters State Park
Florida’s Tallest Waterfall at Falling Waters State Park

The trails meander through a long leaf pine forest with southern magnolias scattered among the pines. A few wildflowers blooming along the trail let us know that spring was almost here.

Boardwalk trail at Falling Waters State Park
Boardwalk trail at Falling Waters State Park
Carolina Jessimine
Carolina Jessimine
Wild Azalea
Wild Azalea

While exploring the trails we did some more geocaching and found two in the park. We’re getting better at this!

A Zebra Swallowtail became fascinated with my shoes when we stopped to take a break along one of the trails.

Zebra Swallowtail
Zebra Swallowtail

We continued our quest for good local food and stopped at the Main Street Market in downtown Chipley for some Plant City strawberries. These wonderful, sweet strawberries are only available for a short while and although we had been getting them at grocery stores I had to have some more. While we were there I was thrilled to see some Florida Honeybells. These strange looking orange citrus fruits are sweet and juicy. The also have a  very short season so of course I grabbed some of those, too.

Florida Honeybells
Florida Honeybells

Falling Waters State Park is located south of Chipley, Florida just a couple of miles from I-10.

My review of Falling Waters State Park can be found on Campendium.

18 thoughts on “Florida’s Tallest Waterfall”

    1. Well, a mountain may be a little stretch… So much of Florida is flat that we are surprised when there are hills. It’s always fun to go some where that’s a little off the beaten track.

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  1. Again, you captured real beauty!
    We visited there a year ago….read your review and saw mine below it. Glad they took care of the odors! We also visited the Florida Caverns, not to far away. Florida is more than white sandy beaches!

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      1. The campground at the Caverns was our favorite! Nice flat surfaces, full hook ups, washers and dryers, a seven mile hiking area, AND an amazing tour inside caverns! And all that in a state park. The camp hosts and rangers in all SPs we visited last year were great. We got sidetracked with our blow out repairs, so didn’t get back this winter. I actually hoped we’d run into you when I saw your plans….but three free weeks in a parking lot with full hook ups wasn’t bad with all the fabulous hikes around that area. 😄

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  2. Your reaction was rather like ours when we went to Devils Millhopper in Gainesville — where we found ourselves at the bottom of a 120 foot hole with lovely TINY water falls finding their way to the bottom. Great little trip. We passed your park on our way to Ocala — some other time I’m sure we’ll stop, thanks for the review!

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    1. II know, you never know what your’re going to find when you travel! The butterfly landed on my shoe and stayed there long enough for me to get a few photos.. I must have looked crazy pointing my camera down at my shoe!

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  3. How cool to have that little butterfly come and perch on your shoe! So glad the camera was within reach! You wouldn’t have dared to move.

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