Falling Waters State Park - Hiking

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Falling Waters State Park contains many sinkholes, including the Falling Waters Sink, which features Florida's tallest waterfall. If you love waterfalls and you are not able to drive to the mountains, this is a great place to visit for a quick weekend trip.

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Kelsey Kalinski


1.0 miles

The short hiking trails add up to a total of about one mile. With the out-and-back portion it can be approximately a mile and a half total.

Destination Distance From Downtown

37.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

This park has approximately one mile of hiking trails. However, there is over 100 feet of elevation gain and there are many stairs along the boardwalks, so it can be challenging for a hiker that is not used to hills.

Time To Complete

2 hours

The average amount of time spent here is about 2 hours. However, with the lake and campground, it is possible to spend the night or an entire weekend here, enjoying the quiet and solitude.


All Seasons

The park is open year-round. The heat and insects can be intense during the summer but the lake offers relief from both after a steep hike. The waterfall ranges from a heavy stream to nearly dry, so you may call the park to find out how the waterfall is running before making the trip if you wish. The phone number is (850) 638-6130.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Dogs are welcome on a 6-foot leash. They are allowed on the trails and in the campground.

Fees Permits


The entrance fee is $4 for a single occupant vehicle and $5 for a vehicle with 2-8 people. An annual Florida State Parks pass is available for $60 for an individual or $120 for a family.



A short distance from Chipley, FL is a beautiful park with interesting sinkholes, the tallest waterfall in the state, and a cool lake that is perfect for relief from the summer heat. You can learn about the natural history as well as human history of this area of Florida. There is abundant wildlife and over 100 species of birds that you can possibly site here throughout the year. The hilly terrain and short distance from Interstate 10 make this the perfect place to stop to stretch your legs and break up a long drive but with the peaceful campground you might not want to leave right away.

What Makes It Great

Falling Waters State Park is a short distance from Interstate 10 in Northwest Florida but a trip here feels like a voyage to a place much farther north with the steep hills, shaded woods, and cascading waterfall. The hiking trails in the park add up to a short distance of only about a mile but they provide a challenge with hills and stairs and they pass some beautiful and interesting sites, such as Falling Waters Sink and several other sinkholes, as well as a lovely 2-acre lake with a swimming area.

There are many opportunities for bird watchers and butterfly lovers to see many different species. Some species live here year-round while many others migrate through at certain times of the year, such as the monarch butterfly.

The Terrace Trail travels through a planted pine forest and has some hills as it leaves the lake and heads toward the campground. The Wiregrass Trail has much less elevation change and passes through forest and over a creek above the waterfall. The Sinkhole Trail has stairs and hills as it passes many sinkholes, including Falling Waters Sink, where a stream cascades 73 feet down into its cavern.

Who is Going to Love It

The trails in this park are short but they do still provide a challenge. The park will be loved by anyone that is into geology due to the many sinkholes visible from the trails. Travelers looking for a place to take a break, have a picnic, and stretch their legs will enjoy making a stop here. Families with children will enjoy going for a walk, then taking the kids to the playground and to the 2 acre lake for a swim during the summer. Bird watchers will love the opportunity to view many species that call this part of Florida home or that pass through during their migration.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Interstate 10, take the Chipley (State Road 77) exit and follow State Road 77 south. Turn left onto State Park Road and then follow the signs for Falling Waters State Park.

Follow the road through the entrance station, past the campground and to the parking area at the end of the road. From the paved parking lot you may continue on to the unpaved road to the swimming area. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and a playground as well as the trail head at the paved parking lot.

The entrance fee is $4 for a single occupant vehicle or $5 for a vehicle with 2-8 people. Pedestrians and bicyclists are $2. An annual Florida State Parks Pass is available for $60 for an individual or $120 for a family. Dogs are allowed on the trails with a leash and are permitted in the campground as well.


Falling Waters State Park

1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL, 32428
30.725276, -85.528844

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