Falling Waters State Park

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
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Trip End Jun 30, 2013


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Monday, February 25, 2013

1.      We left Three Rivers State Park around 9 in the morning after a stormy night and over four inches of rain falling.  Our site was fine but the lake kept on getting higher and higher and there was a warning about flash floods in the area.  Some of the back roads we drove to get on interstate 10 had pockets of rainwater and on the sides the water was flowing like a river.  Lucky that we were only planning to drive about 40 miles today west to reach our next spot Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, FL.  Of course we made a gas and Wal-mart stop at the same exit.  The difference in price for the diesel from the exit we got on to the one we got off was about 25 cents per gal.

     Of course we were thinking of the couple we met two days ago and wondering how far they had gone west but when we pulled into Falling Waters State Park they were camping there and with the rain they decided to spend another night so we were able to visit with them again.

   The state park is interesting at one time they were drilling for oil here in 1919 but then gave up and I think some of the sink holes were from that period.  What this park is known for is one of the most significant geological features in Florida.  One can walk down a boardwalk into the mouth of the 100 foot deep, 20 foot wide cylindrical hole and gaze up to see a waterfall cascade 73 feet, and then it disappears into a cave at the bottom of the sinkhole.  There are boardwalks around many of the sinkholes here and there are different stops along the way to view the falls.  These falls were strong and moving fast – one of the most powerful I have ever seen especially after a storm and two days of rain.  Since it was still lightly raining when we saw them the boardwalks were very slippery.  What a water fall!

     Our site was nice and after we set up and talked to our friends we had lunch and had a chance to take a trail from the campground down to the sandy lake where one can picnic and swim.  Nice trail with the tall pines and the controlled fire burning on the ground.  The rain stopped for the afternoon but more rain is predicted and we hope moving west tomorrow we might get out of it! 

Review of campground:  Monday, February 24 – Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, FL     This park is only a little over a mile south of interstate 10 in Chipley, FL.  There is a Wal-Mart just about .6 north at the same exit in the Panhandle Region.  It was raining the day we arrived and had been since the night before sometimes drenching rain.  We drove down to the trails with the waterfall and sink holes before we set up camp and it was well worth the stop.  Very interesting trails and the waterfall is the largest in the state disappearing into a sink hole.  More trails head to the lake for swimming and others to all the sinkholes.  The campground has twenty four sites and some are pull through and all have water, electric and grills.  Many are not level since the campground is on the highest hill in Florida about 324 feet above sea level.   The cost was around $24 and on Saturday nights there is a Ranger led campfire get together.  One can swim, fish, hike and picnic here.  Good overnight stop or stay a little longer.
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lucille on

Well it looks like your've been having pretty good weather so far. Boy you two just keep moving along. Everythings fine over here. We got a little snow but nothing to talk about. Tom got hurt at work and he has to have his knee operated on. Boy it would kill him if he had to work for more than 3months Ha Ha. He'll be out for 4 to 6 weeks. But he'll be fine . He tore some cartilige. Have fun.

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