Falling Waters State Park

The panhandle area of Florida is famous for Karst topography, which is characterized by the caves and sinkholes that are formed by the slightly acidic water hollowing out the limestone; the sinkholes are formed when the cave roofs collapse. Falling Water State Park showcases these dramatic landforms and features Florida’s largest waterfall, a 93-foot drop into a tubular sinkhole. I spent a pleasant afternoon at the park, hiking the few short trails and basking in the cooler weather and the atmosphere of pine forest. With day temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s and night temps in the upper 20s to mid 30s, my week in the panhandle region of Florida reminded me of autumn, which I had felt like I had missed this year. It was rejuvenating and a welcome contrast to the heat and hot sun of southern Florida.

Waterfall, Sinkhole Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida

Waterfall, Sinkhole Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida

Sinkhole below waterfall, Falling Waters State Park, Florida

Sinkhole below waterfall, Falling Waters State Park, Florida

100-ft sinkhole along Sinkhole Trail, Falling Water State Park, Florida

100-ft sinkhole along Sinkhole Trail, Falling Water State Park, Florida

Replanted pines along Terrace Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida

Replanted pines along Terrace Trail, Falling Waters State Park, Florida

Falling Waters Lake, Falling Waters State Park, Florida

Falling Waters Lake, Falling Waters State Park, Florida