Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, Gainesville

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4.3/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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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  • Surrounded by housing developments and TV towers, Devils Millhopper is a small wooded area a few blocks away from Publix. This is also where the park rangers hang out most of the time, and where you c...  read more »
  • A state park with an ancient sinkhole. The sinkhole is water filled, with its own micro-climate, waterfalls, streams, and lush vegetation. Wooden steps down to the bottom, which many folks use daily f...  read more »
  • This is a short-visit kind of site. You walk down 123 ft to the 'bottom' of an ancient sink hole, and you can observe some small 'waterfalls' trickling into the bottom pool of water. An awesome walk, ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful, great hike, good short break from traveling. Go after rain for waterfalls. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.
  • This is what Gainesville used to look like! Very peaceful, and great hiking with old Florida views.
  • You must visit Devil's Millhopper if you're in the Gainesville area. This state park allows you to walk down (wooden steps) into the very old 120 foot deep sink hole that contains shark teeth, fossils from animals long extinct, and it's own little ecosystem. It's beautiful and one of the more unique natural sites of Florida (land based).
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