Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, Gainesville

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Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is a Florida State Park located in the north-westernmost part of Gainesville, Florida, off County Road 232, northwest of the University of Florida.The park is maintained by the Florida State Parks system, a division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The park is adjacent to San Felasco County Park, and near the San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park.GeologyThe cutaway, limestone sides of the sinkhole provide an easily visible geological record of the area. Twelve springs, some more visible than others, feed the pond at the bottom of the sinkhole. In the summer, the bottom of the sinkhole is dramatically cooler than the air at the surface due to the depth and shade from the canopy above. Significant fossil deposits include shark teeth, marine shells, and the fossilized remains of extinct land animals.EcologyEven though the park is only 71acre, three distinct ecological environments exist in the park, based on exposure to sun, fire, and water. In the sandhill environment, the sandy soil and regular fires result in pine trees being the predominant vegetation. The moist soils of the hammocks support broadleaf trees and more low vegetation, while the swamp areas only support flora and fauna adapted to year-around wet conditions.
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  • see the strata of ancient Florida as you go down deeper and deeper into the sinkhole. walk the 200+steps down to the bottom, several landings to rest. look for wildlife in the woods and bring a picnic...  more »
  • Devil's Millhopper is a must see if you are in Gainesville. It is a scenic stairway down into a wooded sink hole. Lush nature experience.  more »
  • This is not far off of the road but does take you back to rural Florida. Parking is ~$5 for a carful. There is plenty of parking and picnic tables in the center of the lot. There is a visitors center ...  more »
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  • A quick educational and interesting place to visit if you're around the Gainesville area. Walking down the well maintained steps to the bottom of this ancient sinkhole is spectacular. At the bottom you'll reach a spring that locals used for swimming long ago. It really is worth the trip, but not if you're driving hours just for this. it's a small park, with an education center at the top of the sinkhole, a path around the hole, and the steps down to the spring. That's about it. It was clean and well maintained. It's a great place to jog, hike, or take a short walk.
  • With a short trail-loop around the Devil's Millhopper sinkhole it's easy to get lost in nature at this beautiful park. A boardwalk leads you down to the bottom of this sinkhole and provides many photo opportunities. It's a nice and quick get-a-way from your daily routine and there's a chance for some learning all about this geological feature and the Visitor's Center.
  • One of the most unique and interesting Geological State Parks you'll find. The ranger was super friendly :D It's a must stop when you visit Gainesville . There is a $4 entrance fee. There's a small visitor spot before you enter the Sinkhole called Nature Trail which will take you around the park. You'll need to walk 232 steps to reach the sinkhole ( It's has 120 feet in dept!) Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground. You will hear the sound of multiple small waterfalls and see a beautiful sight.
  • Such a fascinating place to see! Well maintained site with a ranger on site. $4 entrance fee.
  • Great nature area, good work out coming back up out of massive sink. Soothing, interesting.