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“A great mini-hike”

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
Ranked #7 of 67 things to do in Gainesville
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A great mini-hike”
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

A very nice state park where you get to climb down into a sink hole, while looking at Florida nature from a different perspective...looking up! There is no problem taking your time walking back up the steps to the rim and nature trail, because the stairways are wide and offer beautiful views of water glowing from the limestone and surrounding woods. A must see in Gainesville!

Visited September 2013
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A quick nice walk in the jungle”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Honor system park fee $5 per car
Small pavilion at the entry with some information about the park
A nice board and stair walk going down in the sink hole
After that its just a mile of loop around the hole
Nothing exceptional really. But its 10 min drive from UF and nice way to spend an hour around

Visited July 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sink Hole”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

I liked the State Park, but you can't actually go into the sink hole like some of the past pictures showed. So mainly it is just a place with a bunch of stairs that go down in the forest. Still pretty and interesting to see. Also, being a state park there is a fee as you drive in.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank DebraDawn1987
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Miami, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A must-see, even if you're not a nature lover!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

I LOVE Devil's Millhopper! I live further away from the area now and find myself going less, but it's one of my favorite parts of Gainesville. Not only are the surrounding areas beautiful, but you can see right into the mouth of a GIANT SINKHOLE! And you can walk all the way down to the bottom!

(Mind you Gainesville isn't very exciting as it is, so this is as exciting as it gets).

BUT! It's still beautiful. It's well worth the walk down the bottom, and you'll pass all sorts of enticing natural features as you see joggers run up and down the stairs. You can also see a small stream jutting out of the side of the sinkhole and continue on the bottom; pretty amazing!

Visited September 2012
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Chumuckla, FL
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Short yet interesting side trip”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

While on short trip to Alachua/Gainsville, we visited. It's a little paradise in the middle of suburbia. We missed our turn and inadvertently cut through a beautiful older development that just happened to border the tiny state park. We paid entrance fee on honor system at "gate". At beginning of trail is nice pavilion explaining geology, animals, nature, etc of area. From the top you can't see the bottom due to foliage and growth, but as you descend the stairs you feel subtle changes in air, and see changes in kinds of foliage--more ferns and moss the deeper you go. It had been raining alot prior to our visit so water was higher and muddy looking. you could also see evidence of a water line on the bushes near the last platform. most interesting: at bottom is like a rain forest because it's stays a constant temp year round due to water's constant temp. Spent about 15 minutes at bottom and climbed back up all those stairs. took a right at top to walk trail around sinkhole. Small bridge crossed over stream, several small signs identifying trees/plants. Trail was about 15 minutes also. total time was about 1 hour, but we were there in middle of day, middle of July-HOT, HOT!

Visited August 2013
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