Weeping Ridge Falls at Torreya State Park in Liberty County, Florida

WeepingRidge304x237Florida may not be known for waterfalls but some real jewels are tucked away in the northern part of the state.

Weeping Ridge Falls are often overlooked by visitors to stunning Torreya State Park, but the small waterfall was very pretty when we stopped by for a look today!

Enjoy this video visit to the falls then be sure to scroll down for photos and more information about the Weeping Ridge Trail and Falls:

Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Trailhead sign for the Weeping Ridge Trail at Torreya State Park in LIberty County, Florida.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
Weeping Ridge Trail begins high atop the bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
A broken millstone alongside the trail.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
The trail passes the Rock Bluff Indian Mound, which dates back 1,500-2,000 years.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Ravine into which the waterfall flows.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Weeping Ridge Falls.
Wildflower in bloom.
Wildflower in bloom.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.
A small Florida torreya tree can be seen near the waterfall overlook.

If you enjoyed our visit to Weeping Ridge Falls, you might also enjoy this look at a rare Florida Yew tree growing at Torreya State Park:

Apalachicola & Choctawhatchee Rivers at Flood Stage (Jan. 24, 2017)

 

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Water pouring from the Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee, Florida.

The crest is moving downstream on the Apalachicola, Chipola and Choctawhatchee Rivers as water from this weekend’s storms continues to flow into all three.

(Scroll down the page for more photos!)

Here are river conditions as of 3 p.m. this afternoon. Please note that forecasts can change.

Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     61.22 feet and falling
Crest:     62.32 (already reached)

The Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee crested at 62.32 feet last night and has started to fall. It did not reach flood stage.

Apalachicola River at Blountstown

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     19.81 feet.
Flood Level:     17 feet.
Projected Crest:     20.4 feet.

The Apalachicola River at Blountstown is above Flood Stage and will continue to rise before cresting at around 20.4 feet on Wednesday.

Chipola River at Marianna, Florida

Level:     15.32 feet and rising.
Flood Level:     19 feet.
Projected Crest:     17.4 feet.

Projected crest of the Chipola River at Marianna has been raised a second time now but the  river is not expected to reach flood stage.

Chipola River at Altha, Florida

Level:     16.87 feet and rising
Flood Level:     22 feet.
Projected Crest:     19.3 feet on Friday night.

Choctawhatchee River at Newton, Alabama

Level:     16.8 feet and falling.
Flood Level:     19 feet.
Crest:     24.8 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River crested at Newton on Monday (1/23) afternoon after reaching moderate flood levels. By 3 p.m. today, it had fallen 8 feet from its highest point yesterday.

Choctawhatchee River at Geneva, Alabama

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     24.36 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     23 feet.
Projected Crest:     24.9 feet.

The Choctawhatchee River at Geneva, Alabama is nearing its projected crest of 24.9 feet . It should crest sometime tonight. The river is above flood stage.

Choctawhatchee River at Pittman, Florida (State Road 2)

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     24.67 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     23 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is above minor flood stage at Pittman in Holmes County, Florida, and is still rising.

Choctawhatchee River at Caryville, Florida

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     13.55 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     12 feet.
Projected Crest:     14.9 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is now above flood stage at the U.S. 90 bridge between Caryville, Florida and Westville, Florida. It will continue to rise tonight and tomorrow before cresting tomorrow night.

Choctawhatchee River at Ebro/Bruce, Florida (State Road 20)

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     12.61feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     13 feet.
Projected Crest:     16.5 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is expected to reach Major Flood levels between Ebro and Bruce, Florida by Thursday or Friday. River interests should take all necessary precautions now and all safety recommendations should be followed.

We will provide another update tonight. Here are some photos taken today, yesterday and Sunday.

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Most of the gates were open today (Tuesday) at the Jim Woodruff Dam in Chattahoochee, Florida.
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A closer view of water coming through the Jim Woodruff Dam and into the Apalachicola River from Lake Seminole.
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Looking down the Apalachicola River from the U.S. 90 bridge at Chattahoochee, Florida. The historic bridge in the foreground is the old Victory Bridge, built during the 1920s and named to commemorate the Allied victory in World War I.

 

Oak tree damage along historic "canopy road" segment on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore, Florida.
Oak tree damage along historic “canopy road” segment on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore, Florida.
Electric lines wrapped in fallen oak tree on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore in Jackson County, Florida.
Electric lines wrapped in fallen oak tree on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore in Jackson County, Florida.
Choctawhatchee River over its banks at Cedar Bridge on County Road 83 near Echo, Alabama.
Choctawhatchee River over its banks at Cedar Bridge on County Road 83 near Echo, Alabama. (Photo by Kate Kirkland)
Choctawhatchee River Flooding near Echo, Alabama (Photo by Kate Kirkland).
Choctawhatchee River Flooding near Echo, Alabama (Photo by Kate Kirkland).
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Chipola River beginning to rise at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
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Chipola River starting its rise at Marianna, Florida. Notice the brick pier from the 1914 steel bridge in the background. Part of today’s U.S. 90 bridge is visible at the extreme left of the photo.

 

Exploring the wreck of the paddlewheel boat Albany

The paddlewheel steamer Albany has been a landmark of Florida’s Apalachicola River for 90 years. Two Egg TV obtained special permission to visit her wreck for this story:

A U.S. government snagboat, the Albany operated on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers from around 1928 until 1959. She was tied up and abandoned at Chattahoochee a short time later during a high water event.

Her sister ship, the Montgomery, took over snag duties and continued to operate until 1982.

Many residents of the Chattahoochee and Sneads area remember the novelty of seeing the Albany as she sat high up on the bank of the Apalachicola River. Children played on the decks and explored the empty cabins of the virtually intact steamboat.

Paddlewheel at the stern of the Albany as seen in 1961 after she was abandoned atop the riverbank at Chattahoochee, Florida.
Paddlewheel at the stern of the Albany as seen in 1961 after she was abandoned atop the riverbank at Chattahoochee, Florida.

The Albany slowly deteriorated over time, however, and all that remains today is the hull and lower deck. Even that is rapidly disappearing and in another decade or two nothing will likely be left of the historic vessel but the steel beams of her hull.

She is one of the impressive number of wrecks to be found along the banks of the Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee. The presence of the skeletons of so many paddlewheel steamers and historic wooden barges there have led the stretch of water between the Jim Woodruff Dam and the CSX railroad trestle to be dubbed “Florida’s Inland Graveyard of Ships.”

The wreck of the Albany on private property and is not open to the public. We received special permission and assistance from the owner to photograph the meager remains of the once proud government steamer.

If you enjoyed our story on the Albany, you might also enjoy our visit to the wreck of the steamboat Barbara Hunt:

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Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee, Florida

AngusGholson209x209The Angus Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee is home to a remarkable system of hiking trails that take you along the magnificent bluffs and ravines of the upper Apalachicola River.

The park is located just off Morgan Avenue in Chattahoochee and offers picnicking and restrooms in addition to the beautiful trails.

These unique formations are home to some of the rarest trees and plants in the world including the Florida Torreya and Florida Yew:

You might also enjoy this look at a Florida Yew, one of the rarest trees or shrubs in the world:

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Curry Ferry Landing: Revolutionary War crossing point in Holmes County, Florida

Curry Ferry Landing is a boat launch on the Choctawhatchee River in Holmes County, Florida… but it is also much more!

The ferry was in use before the American Revolution and was used by British troops during that conflict. Click play to watch this fascinating story:

If you enjoyed the story of Curry Ferry Landing, you might enjoy learning about some of the other sites along the Jackson and Holmes County section of the old Pensacola – St. Augustine Road:

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More flood photos from Chattahoochee, Florida

Here are some additional photos of the January 2017 flooding on the Chipola and Apalachicola Rivers as well as Lake Seminole:

Water pours through the historic Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee. The dam will turn 59 years old this year.
Water pours through the historic Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee. The dam will turn 59 years old this year.
The Jim Woodruff Dam was completed in 1958 and has dramatically enhanced flood control efforts upstream on the lower Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers.
The Jim Woodruff Dam was completed in 1958 and has dramatically enhanced flood control efforts upstream on the lower Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers.
A closer view of the water pouring through Jim Woodruff Dam at the head of the Apalachicola River.
A closer view of the water pouring through Jim Woodruff Dam at the head of the Apalachicola River.
Another view of the Apalachicola River below Jim Woodruff Dam.
Another view of the Apalachicola River below Jim Woodruff Dam.
A view of River Landing Park from the U.S. 90 bridge shows the floating dock and Great Platform Mound with water flowing over the banks.
A view of River Landing Park from the U.S. 90 bridge shows the floating dock and Great Platform Mound with water flowing over the banks.
Water almost completely surrounds the Great Platform Mound. More than 1,000 years old, this ancient platform mound once provided the base for a Native American home or structure.
Water almost completely surrounds the Great Platform Mound. More than 1,000 years old, this ancient platform mound once provided the base for a Native American home or structure.
A series of small prehistoric Indian mounds can be found along this low ridge at River Landing Park. Normally it is not even noticeable but in minor floods it remains above water level.
A series of small prehistoric Indian mounds can be found along this low ridge at River Landing Park. Normally it is barely noticeable but during minor floods it remains above water level. Whether it is natural or was built by prehistoric Native Americans is not known.

 
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Overnight River Level Updates – 1/7/2017

Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
View from the Chipola River Overlook on East Jackson Street in Marianna.
View from the Chipola River Overlook on East Jackson Street in Marianna.

OVERNIGHT UPDATE (1/7/2017)

More rain is falling across the area but it is too soon to know what impact it might have on river levels. The Choctawhatchee had crested at Pittman and Caryville, the Chipola had crested at Marianna and the Apalachicola had crested at Chattahoochee but that was before the overnight rains.

Here are the latest river levels as of midnight:

Chipola River at Marianna, Florida

***Flood Warning in Effect***

18.71 feet and falling.
Flood Stage is 19 feet.
The Chipola River at Marianna has now fallen back below flood stage but remains very high. The river is over its banks throughout Jackson County and into Calhoun County. Some roads and the campground at Florida Caverns State Park are closed. Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail is closed.

Chipola River near Altha, Florida

***Flood Warning in Effect***

22.03 feet and rising.
Flood Stage is 22 feet,
The Chipola River at Altha continues to rise and is now above flood stage. The projected crest of 22.4 feet is expected to take place sometime on Saturday.

Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee, Florida

River level at Chattahochee is 60.57 feet and falling.
Flood stage is 66 feet.
The Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee crested on Thursday and has now fallen by nearly three feet. It remains over its banks in the River Landing area.

Apalachicola River at Blountstown, Florida

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level at Blountstown is 20.52 feet and nearing its crest.
Flood stage is 17 feet.
A flood warning is in effect at Blounstown, where the Apalachicola River is above flood stage and is expected to crest tonight at 20.6 feet.

Choctawhatchee River at Pittman, Florida (Highway 2)

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level at Pittman is 24.1 feet and falling.
Flood stage is 23 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River at Pittman (State Road 2) crested at 26 feet and is now falling. It remains above flood stage, however, and all safety measures should be followed.

Choctawhatchee River at Caryville, Florida (US 90)

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level at Caryville is 14.4 feet and is falling.
Flood stage is 12 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River at Caryville crested 24 hours ago and is falling. Flood conditions continue at this time, however, and all safety precautions should be followed.

Choctawhatchee River near Bruce/Ebro Florida (State Road 20)

***Flood Warning in Effect***
River level is 17.64 feet and nearing its crest.
Flood stage is 13 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River between Ebro and Bruce is more than 4.5 feet above flood stage at midnight was still rising. A MAJOR flood is now underway. Those with homes, fishing camps and other interests along the  The river is nearing its crest and should begin to fall by tomorrow morning. Flood conditions will continue for a number of days from near the Choctawhachee’s confluence with Holmes Creek to the Gulf of Mexico. Please follow all instructions from Emergency Management Offices and other emergency workers. DO NOT DRIVE into flooded areas.

Flood Photos from Chattahoochee, Marianna, Bellamy Bridge & Lake Seminole

Here are some photos of the January flood of 2017 from Lake Seminole, Marianna, Bellamy Bridge and Chattahoochee:

The Apalachicola River is running high as water pours through the Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee.
The Apalachicola River is running high as water pours through the Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee.
Flood waters nearly surround the Great Platform Mound, one of seven prehistoric Indian mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee.
Flood waters nearly surround the Great Platform Mound, one of seven prehistoric Indian mounds at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee.
Stage area at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee is surrounded by water.
Stage area at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee is surrounded by water.
Anglers doing some "fast water" fishing off River Landing Park at Chattahoochee. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Anglers doing some “fast water” fishing off River Landing Park at Chattahoochee. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
The Apalachicola River is over its banks at Chattahoochee and can clearly be seen in this photo taken from the eastern approaches of the U.S. 90 bridge.
The Apalachicola River is over its banks at Chattahoochee and can clearly be seen in this photo taken from the eastern approaches of the U.S. 90 bridge.
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna is completely flooded. This point is 1/2 mile from the Chipola River.
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna is completely flooded. This point is 1/2 mile from the Chipola River.
Chipola River at Bellamy Bridge.
Chipola River at Bellamy Bridge.
Water up to the trailhead sign at the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna.
Water up to the trailhead sign at the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail on the Chipola River north of Marianna.
The Chipola out of its banks and flooding part of Citizens Lodge Park on Caverns Road in Marianna.
The Chipola out of its banks and flooding part of Citizens Lodge Park on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Chipola River at flood stage as seen from Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Chipola River at flood stage as seen from Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Water fills the Chipola River floodplain at Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Water fills the Chipola River floodplain at Yancy Bridge on Caverns Road in Marianna.
Flooded boat ramp and docks at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Flooded boat ramp and docks at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Picnic area flooding at Parramore Landing Park on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Water over the boat ramp and fishing dock at Buena Vista Landing on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Water over the boat ramp and fishing dock at Buena Vista Landing on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida.
Water overflowing the boat ramp at Neal's Landing Park on the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Seminole.
Water overflowing the boat ramp at Neal’s Landing Park on the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Seminole. The Chattahoochee River is visible in the background.
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High water at Neal’s Landing Park.
View from the Chipola River Overlook on East Jackson Street in Marianna.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Chipola River at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
Chipola River at Marianna, taken earlier today.
Chipola River Overlook at Marianna, Florida.

The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road: A remarkable journey down Highway 2 in the Florida Panhandle

The Pensacola – St. Augustine Road was the first road connecting the two historic capitals of Florida during the Colonial era. In this special feature, Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad searches for traces of the historic trail and finds much more than expected!

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