I guess I just expected more. It was a sinkhole with some nice foliage and lots of stairs down. We saw more people doing cardio on the stairs than folks like us "taking it in". For all the stairs down and up it just seemed really anticlimactic to me.
We visited this state park that is a 10,000 year old protected sinkhole that has some unique ecological zones. We got to listen to a ranger giving a tour and heard interesting facts about the history of this spot.
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is at the outskirts of Gainesville, FL on lovely oak-canopied Millhopper Road. The park's singular great feature is its massive sink hole that is wide and deep. It's slopes are densely lined with mature trees and lush green foliage. There is a walking path that circles the entire perimeter and a large wooden stairway leading... 更多
This doesn't take a lot of time. Stop at the visitor's center, walk to bottom of sink hole, walk trail all in an hour or so. Great place for pictures, very beautiful and well maintained. Has bathrooms that were kept clean and some picnic tables out front. Didn't see any animals (other then a few dogs walking with their owners).... 更多
A beautiful 1/2 mile stroll around the top of the hole or a venture down steps into the hole. Either way it is gorgeous and peaceful. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the setting at one of the many tables. Also bring cash for a $4 parking fee.
The park has trails around the property that are good for hiking. The main attraction is the sinkhole. The trip down into the sinkhole is marked by all kinds of awesome plants and a small waterfall. You travel down I to the sinkhole on sturdy stairs. Just know that the trip back up is not for those who are out... 更多
This is a small park, but the scenery is very beautiful. The sinkhole - which is the focus of the park - is filled with ferns and other green plants. There's also a pretty waterfall. It's very peaceful here. Nice and cool at the bottom of the sinkhole, too. Felt great on a sunny 80 degree day. Parking is on... 更多
I took a young child in a child carrier; with the many stairs, I would have had to carry her in my arms. This is manageable for any adult in reasonably good health and the short loop circling around the sinkhole was peacefully pleasant. This is a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors in the cooler months in Gainesville.... 更多
The geological sinkhole is nice, but most of the explanations appear to be 10+ years old. The information looks accurate, but the presentation is dated.