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Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
Ranked #6 of 67 things to do in Gainesville
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

the steps down into the depths of this huge sinkhole felt like go back in time geologically. Large odd looking plants and lizards of many colors and sizes scampering about made us wonder if we just my see a dinosaur in this beautiful place. I could have lived without seeing the huge bright yellow spider though.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

its a natural sink hole surrounded by a huge canopy of trees and there are water falls but during a rainy season there are so many last time i was there there were 4 nice ones. there is 200 or so stairs to the bottom where there is a nice place to take photos read a book study or just enjoy nature in your own way. after your climb back to the top i might suggest the walk around the sink hole its a nice cool down. there are many birds some times deer wild turkeys and lots of other small wild life.. they have a movie and some history there to share and as a state park goes it is worth the 2 dollars to get in..come see what gainesville has to offer. not open on mon or tue keep that in mind..

1  Thank jimmysgirl01
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We began with a picnic lunch surrounded by nature and then took the stairs to the bottom of the millhopper. There were a few informational signs along the boardwalk explaining the why and what of the Devil's Millhopper. As you descend, you hear and see small waterfalls. The plant and tree life were a vivid green. It was very serene. Afterwards, you can walk the rim of the millhopper.

1  Thank burgpartyof5
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is a great place to stop when driving across Florida. An interesting sink hole- something really different to see and learn about. There is a nice trail(1/2 mile) around it, and then some well maintained stairs with railings leading to the bottom. The trees surrounding were right on the verge of spring, and lots of little baby waterfalls were coming down the walls of the sinkhole. There were tarzan vines everywhere.I bet it is hot and steamy in the summer, but it was beautiful in the spring! It's a well manicured trail to stop for a walk, and dogs are allowed on leashes.

2  Thank lilalubean
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

From what I gather online, the Devil's Millhopper now has sturdy wooden steps going to the "bottom" of the sinkhole. Way back in 1963 or so, I recall an informal trip there that about 8 of us high school students took into the cave system even further down; maybe 500 feet underground total. Back then, there was a metal gate set in concrete to keep crazy people like us out of the cave proper, but when we got there, we found the metal door "sprung" and access easy. It took us about 8 or 9 hours to wiggle down a long vertical face, then squeeze through several narrow passages, then turn around and wiggle back up to the surface, but we did it.

I hope the actual cave system below the surface now has a permanent closure or a really strong gate; it was only high school stupidity that let us think we should try the descent, and I would not just strongly warn anyone from doing this, I would call the police to prevent them from doing so. It was a REALLY stupid idea, so even if it's possible to somehow go deeper, I'm writing this account as a historical note, NOT as an appeal to try it. DO NOT TRY IT!!! DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER TRYING IT!! Enjoy the new steps and appreciate it for what it is today.

4  Thank J_Wager
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