Gainesville, Florida: Devil's Millhopper Geologic State Park (In Transition)

200 steps led 120 feet down into a giant Florida sinkhole -- until Hurricane Irma. Now the stairway into the sinkhole is closed until some time in 2019.
Address:
4732 Millhopper Rd, Gainesville, FL
Directions:
I-75 to C.R. 222 (Milepost Exit 390 - Old Exit 77) and drive east 7.8 miles. At 43rd Street, turn left. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Millhopper Road/ NW 53rd Ave. Park entrance 1,000 feet on right.
Hours:
Starway into sinkhole closed until some time in 2019. (Call to verify)
Phone:
352-955-2008
Admission:
Entrance fee.
Status:
In Transition
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Devil's Millhopper Geologic State Park

Apparently the stairway that descends into the sinkhole was damaged during Hurricane Irma and can't be used until at least 2019. I was told by the park employee that I should call first before traveling there to take the stairs.

[Susan M Stahlhut, 07/19/2018]

Devil's Millhopper.

Devil's Millhopper Geologic State Park

Good, simple walk! Very cool temperature in the summer!

[Brandy, 08/18/2013]
Devil's Millhopper Geologic State Park

Well worth the hundreds of steps down to the bottom! You can see and hear mini waterfalls running down the sides of the sinkhole. You're legs might be a bit sore climbing back up the stairs but you'll definitely enjoy some great views along the way! There are also nice walking trails around the sinkhole.

[Stacey G., 11/12/2011]
Devil's Millhopper Geologic State Park

The previous tips didn't mention the interpretive center at the Devil's Millhopper. This comes complete with explanations of the natural forces that created the Millhopper, a short film (which isn't always working, unfortunately), and a small display of local wildlife.

The Millhopper itself is very impressive. Once you hit the bottom, the temperature seems to drop about 20 degrees, and it looks and feels remarkably like something you'd find in a tropical rain forest. That being said, expect to be a bit tuckered out by the time you're done; the previously mentioned 200+ stairs isn't an exaggeration!

[Prof. A, 02/08/2010]
Devil's Millhopper Geologic State Park

I went to the Devil's Millhopper with my dad earlier this year. It was a little hard to find, but after asking some locals, we located the park.

It is basically a huge sinkhole in the ground. There are over 200 stairs that lead down to the bottom. We found that the deeper we went, the temperature became much cooler. It always is somewhat more tropical at the bottom as well. We could hear small waterfalls all around as the water trickles into the Florida aquifer beneath it.

It is a really nice place just to stop and have a picnic and take a walk to the bottom of the Millhopper. Just don't bring any expectations of meeting the Devil there!

[Shauna, 10/23/2008]

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