Sunday, December 30, 2012

Falling Waters State Park

We took at short trip today to Falling Waters State Park outside of Chipley Florida.

www.floridastateparks.org/fallingwaters/default.cfm 

It is just over 80 miles from Tallahassee and a quick trip down I-10. I have lived here all my life and am still finding places I have never been before.


Waterfall

Falling Waters State Park is where Florida's Tallest Waterfall is. At 73 or 100 feet tall (the sign said 100 and the brochure said 73) it is relativity unimpressive as far as waterfalls go but still a cool place. The only reason it is that tall is because it falls into a sink hole. 


Looking down at the bottom of the waterfall.

The area was interesting though, hilly and full of sink holes with a twisting board walk over top of them. I'm sure a wonderful habitat for bats.


Sinkhole

Two more sinkholes



Another sinkhole

There were a few hiking trails, we walked them all for a grand total of 1.71 miles according to my My Tracks App. We walked to the top of one of Florida's highest hills at 324 feet above sea level. There was a pond with a swimming and picnic area. No swimmers today though, it was a brisk 47 degrees in sunny Florida. We also passed the site of one of the first oil wells in Florida. In 1919 they drilled 4,912 feet but didn't find oil and it was capped in 1921.


Gnarly Tree

Cap of oil drilling site

Info on the oil drilling

The pond

Top of the tallest hill

Longleaf Pine

We were there an hour and saw and did just about everything (except go swimming) but it was a nice and scenic trip that got us out of the house for a few hours.






One word of warning, if you are arriving around lunch and you didn't pack a picnic the Marianna exit is about it for food.