We are in perhaps the nicest small state park we’ve visited anywhere, Falling Waters State Park near Chipley FL. Not always a good thing, our site is broadside to the south so has nice sun exposure all day. Perfect when the high temperature range is 60 degrees.
Yesterday we left Ocean Springs and Davis Bayou Campground. Sad to leave, it was great visiting and dining with Jim’s cousins and exploring Biloxi and Ocean Springs. We’ve said it before — a few days is not long enough for most places. But we committed to getting down the road, so here we go again.
We have good internet here, so Jim took some time last night and today to update our website, dreamstreamr odyssey, chasing 75 degrees. Other than update a few dates a year ago, he hadn’t taken much time with the website’s many pages.
Today he added information about our Salem Vent, catalytic heater, tailgate assist, 2013 travel map, and many other small changes. You probably know the feeling, you just get in the groove and plow through. Great to catch so much of it up. Check it out!
Falling Waters has nice walking trails through the same kind of sandy pine forest Jim spent a lot of time in as a Boy Scout hiker and camper. Some of the trails are boardwalk, some are still on sandy road bed. We prefer the natural surface but realize the boardwalk will preserve the park’s features from human wear and tear.
The two-acre swimming pond is near the camping sites and a day-use parking area. Jim would have loved to take a dip, but the water is probably twenty degrees too cool and the air and breeze just don’t make swimming an appealing activity yet. We’ll wait a couple more months.
The walking trail (this part definitely on boardwalk) carried us alongside a series of large sinkholes in the woods. We couldn’t see the bottom of most of them, and just imagined bottomless. Nature is pretty wild sometimes.
We wondered how flat old Florida was going to have a 75′ tall waterfall. They sure do! The waterfall is fed from the 2-acre pond and, with rainfall, apparently gets even more water. It’s different from any waterfall we’ve seen, half into the sinkhole and half above the ground.
This sinkhole we could see the bottom of, but couldn’t tell where the water goes. They should talk to Arizona, get some help recovering and selling this water.
We carried our picnic lunch for the hike and finished at a nice sun-bathed table. The sun was running away from us so we found a sunny spot on soft, dry ground and soaked up some warm rays after lunch.
The showers are hot and roomy. They have dry floor space in the shower compartment for undressing and dressing, something too often missing in campgrounds. The campsites are nicely arranged, not packed too close to each other. The longleaf and loblolly pines provide ample ground cover to keep the sand down when you’re walking. The campground is quiet, and very dark at night.
We really like it here. Falling Waters State Park is one of those gems we’ve accidentally driven by for years, hurrying down the road. We’re glad we stopped this time, and would gladly stay a few more days.
See you down the road!
Jim and Debbie
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