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A message from our President

Ten-Ten, it was a day even the most experienced meteorologist feared to forecast. Northwest Florida prepared for a swiftly developing hurricane, possibly a category 4 even reaching a cat 5 level, threatening to bash some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Some were scarred, some were spared and one we will not forget.
Hurricane Michael was fierce and left a destructive mark on the natural landscape, a day the center of our region’s landscape was changed.
With this being said, the other areas of the region remain intact in its natural pristine beauty, and welcome visitors. Coastal and inland communities in Walton, Franklin and sections of west Bay are delighted to receive visitors. The remaining sections of the region are in full swing with clean up and debris removal.
Every day progress is made. We see the light and know the hard work of crews, volunteers, and organizations assisting us will get us back in business to welcome visitors to the rest of our region.
The sunsets may yield a different view but the sight remains clear, Explore Northwest Florida is quickly rebounding and will soon see the sun shine even all meteorologist will accurately forecast.
Choose Your Adventure in Northwest Florida
Pam Fuqua, President

Falling Waters State Park Reopens


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Falling Waters State Park Reopens

~Following significant damage from Hurricane Michael, the park is now open for day use~

Falling Waters State Park

Visitors can once again see Florida’s highest waterfall at Falling Waters State Park.

CHIPLEY, Fla. – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has reopened portions of Falling Waters State Park for day use following the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The park, which experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael – including downed trees and debris, facility, boardwalk, road and trail damage – was partially reopened late last week following three weeks of clean-up and repair.

Visitor safety remains paramount as response efforts continue. Florida State Parks staff continue to work as quickly as possible to finish remaining clean-up and repairs. Amenities and access to certain areas of the parks may be limited until the work is completed.

“Thanks to the hard work of park staff and volunteers, Falling Waters State Park is open for day use,” said Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper. “We hope to reopen all of the state parks impacted by Hurricane Michael as soon as possible.”

Of the 31 state parks impacted by the storm, only seven parks remain closed. Guests can enjoy the beach at St. Andrews State Park, cruise the river at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and explore the gardens at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.

Falling Waters State Park features Florida’s highest waterfall, which cascades down 73 feet to the 100-foot deep Falling Waters Sink. Now that the park has reopened, visitors can once again observe this amazing natural resource.

Find a Florida State Park near you and plan your next visit.