In the midst of north Florida's sandy terrain and pine forests, a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep leads down to a miniature rain forest. Small streams trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole, disappearing through crevices in the ground. Lush vegetation thrives in the shade of the walls even in dry summers. A significant geological formation, Devil's Millhopper is a National Natural Landmark that has been visited by the curious since the early 1880s. Researchers have learned a great deal about Florida's natural history by studying fossil shark teeth, marine shells and the fossilized remains of extinct land animals found in the sink. Visitors can enjoy picnicking and learn more about this sinkhole through interpretive displays.

A must see (go down to the sinkhole, trail is alright).

The trail itself is a simple flat loop through the woods around a sinkhole, but the sinkhole is stunning and a must-see for visitors to North Florida. Currently (after the high waters that filled several feet at the bottom of the sinkhole in summer 2017), the walk down is closed as the boardwalk is being repaired and perhaps re-routed a bit, so call the park to find out the status of the trails and boardwalk to avoid disappointment. (Volunteers hauled several vertical feet of wood from the boardwalk out of the sinkhole in December to help the park to move forward with new plans for the boardwalk).

Very easy and dear to my heart, my moon and stars took me here.

Definitely worth the visit if you're in the area. Short enough hike so not something to pass up if you are just passing through.

A must see in Gainesville, it's a fascinating place! However, the inherent heat and mosquitoes take it down a knotch. Be prepared with water and lots of bugspray!

99 stairs down into a sinkhole, then back up. Lots of fun for the whole family.

Nice little walk. There are a lot of stairs but the walk into the sinkhole is a unique experience. There is also a serene trail around the top of the sinkhole that is very picturesque.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

My dog and I are weekly visitors, we love it! The sink hole makes it unique. She does the stairs much better than I do. The rangers are friendly and keep the park clean and safe. It's a great place to get exercise, have lunch, and take in the Florida scenery. Bristol likes meeting other dogs and people too.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful! Great short hike doing the nature trail and awesome seeing the sinkhole, I had no idea this was here. Also there is a $4 per vehicle fee at the parking lot that runs on the honor system, which we didn't know about.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Good family nature trail. Lots of stairs down the sink hole so may not be the best for small children though. Flat nature hike around the sink hole area though.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stairs that people work out on. Beautiful small water falls leading to the sink hole. The info desk is really friendly and helpful!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Great workout spot, surrounded by nature. Staircase that goes to the bottom of the sinkhole. Coming back up is tough.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Not much to see. The stairs into the sinkhole are well spaced, not to far apart. Makes for an easier climb up.

Very short loop. Stairway down to sink hole. Seem to be more of a fitness interest with visitors going up and down the stairs several times.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Short loop not far from residential areas. Not too much as far as wildlife is concerned. Fairly quiet as most visitors seem purely interested in the stairway into the sinkhole.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

had a amazing time with the kids. they enjoyed it we did both the sinkhole trail and the trail around the sinkhole.


short but sweet! it was worth the drive.

looks nice, the sinkhole looks nice, trail is short and you can see a farmstead from the trail

Friday, October 02, 2015

Its a nice walk around the sinkhole, going down stairs into the sinkhole is quite the workout, but its worth it. Its a very pretty view. I like to bring my dogs, they enjoy it!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gorgeous trail, really short but good for an hour or two escape into nature!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

great leg exercise in a beautiful view!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Easy nature walk down to the sinkhole. The loop around is also very easy.

Monday, January 21, 2013

This place is beautiful and great for the whole family.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Great place of history and beauty. If you go in the early morning many types of wildlife can be found. Suggest you bring mosquito repellent.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

A geological gem, and a great place to duck out of the summer heat.

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