Visit A Natural North Florida Wonder–Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville

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The 232 step walkway descends 120 feet into the 500-foot wide sinkhole, known as Devil’s Millhopper.

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park near Gainesville, is a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leads down to a miniature rain forest. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground. Lush vegetation thrives in the shade of the walls even in dry summers. A significant geological formation, Devil’s Millhopper is a National Natural Landmark that has been visited by the curious since the early 1880s. Researchers have learned a great deal about Florida’s natural history by studying fossil shark teeth, marine shells and the fossilized remains of extinct land animals found in the sink. Visitors can enjoy picnicking and learn more about this sinkhole through interpretive displays.

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Before heading to the sinkhole, stop by the Interpretive Center for some educational information

 

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The Park is a great place to hike. The path around the top of the sinkhole is about a half-mile long.
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Or…. you can try¬† climbing the 232 steps for some exercise!

 

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Interested in nature photography? Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is an excellent place to capture some great images!
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Pets are welcome in the park as long as they are on a six foot leash. They are permitted in the picnic area and nature trails.

 

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