Have you ever been down into a sinkhole? You will want to put this on your list of things to do in Gainesville. Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a natural sinkhole, which has been around since about 1880. It dives down some 120 feet to a miniature rainforest environment. Rainwater and streams trickle through the limestone formation creating water falls and sometimes filling the bottom up with a small lake.
The park has been closed since 2017 with destruction left behind with Hurricane Irma. New boardwalks and stairs are being installed and the project is nearing completion. The park is planning on reopening this summer. Many locals go here for exercise by running up and down the man flights of stairs. This truly is a natural wonder and something everyone should see.
4732 Millhopper Rd
The curious have visited this 120 foot deep – 500 feet wide geological sinkhole since the 1880’s. The bottom of Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole is a miniature rain forest.
Devil’s Millhopper State Park is in our own backyard where visitors can see the small waterfalls cascading down the limestone and sides carpeted with lush ferns from the 236-step wooden stairway. Florida’s natural history offers up marine shells, shark teeth and fossilized remains of extinct land animals found in the sink. Walk the half-mile rim trail and explore the 63-acre park.
Learn more about this geological wonder at a park ranger guided walk, Saturdays at 10am.
For more information about this state park and Florida parks visit: http://www.floridastateparks.org/devilsmillhopper/
4732 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, FL 32653. Drive west at NW 53rd Avenue to the park. Phone number: 352-955-2008.