Who doesn’t love an excuse to listen to TLC’s 1994 smash hit ‘Waterfalls?’ What better excuse than driving to one of these three Florida waterfalls. It’s springtime, the weather is showing off and with all the rain, the falls should be flowing.
Located in Chipley, FL just 113 miles from Pensacola, you can visit a 73 foot waterfall, the tallest in the state. Huge trees and fern covered sink holes line Sink Hole Trail, a boardwalk that leads visitors to the falls. Falling Waters Sink is a 100-foot-deep, 20-foot-wide cylindrical pit into which flows a small stream that drops 73 feet to the bottom of the sink — the water’s destination is unknown. Other attractions include butterfly gardens, a swimming lake, hiking trails and full-facility campsites for staying overnight.
Venturing further, four hours from Pensacola, we’re going from the tallest waterfall in Florida to the widest waterfall in Florida located in the Big Bend is Steinhatchee Falls, a broad and shallow waterfall. Hardly Niagra Falls, the three-foot tall waterfall can look different every time you see it depending on the time of year nad how much rain has passed through. What makes this area so interesting is the rich history including Old Bellamy Road, a pioneer migrant route into Florida in the 1800s. Immediately above the falls, you can even find wagon ruts carved deeply into the limestone.
Located in Gainesville is a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep that leads down to a miniature rain forest. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of limestone sinkhole allowing for lush vegetation to populate the walls. A half-mile nature trail follows the rim and a 232-step stairway descends to the bottom of the sink. Creepy fun fact — fossilized bones and teeth from early life forms have been found at the bottom of the sink including fossil shark teeth, marine shells and fossilized remains of extinct land animals.
Don’t stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to (had to!) and don’t let this beautiful time of year pass you by. The Dog Days of summer will be here before you know it! Be sure to check out the park’s websites before visiting for park news, rules and closing times (linked above). Happy waterfall chasing!