Searching for haunted waterfalls in Florida seems like a highly unlikely find. That's because there are only three natural waterfalls in Florida. Surprisingly, two of them are surrounded by stories of ghosts and even the devil.
Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, FL
The Falling Waters State Park development began in 1963 and sits on a hill that's 322 feet above sea level. The waterfall is generated from a stream and plunges about 100 ft over a cliff into a sink hole. Amenities of the park include a full-service campground and hiking trails. There's also a lake open for swimming and fishing. However, visitors are prohibited from swimming in the pool at the falls.
Waterfall Travels Underground
The Falling Waters waterfall spills down the 20 foot deep sinkhole and travels underground for a the remainder of its length. The waterfall flow fluctuates with the weather. In the past, the waterfall was used to power a grist mill.
Native American Artifacts
An archaeological project of the University of West Florida unearthed 1,500-year-old Native American artifacts in the state park premises. Other historical highlights of the park include, an oil well from the 1900s and remnants of a whiskey distillery.
Hike to Falling Waters Waterfall
The hike to the falls is made using a two-mile loop boardwalk trail. It's rated by a low to moderate hike by Florida Hikes. You have to manage a series of stairs and steps to get to two vantage points overlooking the cylindrical shaped sinkhole.
Ghosts of Woman and Children Haunt the Falls
The story about Falling Waters dates back to the 1950s. Supposedly, a woman and her three children disappeared while visiting the area. One prominent story tells of a group of teenagers frightened after hearing bloodcurdling screams in the vicinity of the waterfall. Visitors claim that the spirits of the woman and her children are still lost in the park, trying to find their way home.
Hiker's Strange Encounter
Backpacker Verse features a story told by a woman named Jenni, whose strange encounter with a hooded figure while hiking the trail to the falls. Jenni claimed to be stalked by this very tall and very thin human shaped figure dressed in black. She states that the creature growled at her in what she described as a strange and terrifying sound. Is this just an urban legend or an actual eyewitness account of something odd? This video recounts the hiker's tale while viewing the waterfall, but doesn't claim the stalker was Bigfoot.
You'll need to know this information if you plan to head to the falls:
- 1130 State Park Road, Chipley, FL 32428
- Hours: 8 a.m. to sundown, open all year
- Fees: $5 per vehicle
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, Gainesville, FL
Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site in Gainesville, Florida, is located about four miles from downtown Gainesville. This unique sinkhole waterfall features a natural miniature rainforest.
This designated historic site has a natural sinkhole that is 120' deep and a whopping 500' wide. There are multiple mini waterfalls that trickle down the sinkhole to the pool below.
Hiking to Devil's Millhopper Waterfalls
The nature trail to Devil's Millhopper encircles the rim of the sinkhole. In 2019, a new series of 132 steps broken up by platforms replaced the old stairs destroyed by a hurricane. You can climb down the staircases inside of the sinkhole to the bottom where you can look across the pool. The water flows year-round, especially during the rainy season.
Devil and His Bones
The tale of the devil living in the sinkhole emerged when bones were discovered at the bottom of the sinkhole. It was said that the devil lured his victims to the sinkhole and then feasted on them. The site has proven to have a wealth of fossils from animal to plant life.
Devil and Indian Maiden
According to the Florida State Park website, the most prominent ghost story is about the devil falling in love with a Native American maiden. Obsessed, the devil kidnapped the woman and was pursued by the tribe. To escape the enraged braves, the devil created the sinkhole and escaped with his victim.
Ghosts Disembodied Voices
Visitors to the sinkhole have reported hearing screams coming from the sinkhole. Some claim to hear strange moaning sounds.
If you plan to visit, you'll want to know the address and when it's open.
- 4732 Millhopper Rd., Gainesville, FL 32653
- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ,Wed-Sun
- Fee: $4 per vehicle (8 passengers), pedestrians and bikes are $2 each
Visiting Haunted Waterfalls in Florida
You will find two natural waterfalls in Florida that are said to be haunted. You may wish to plan your visit during the cooler months of fall or winter.