This state park features a natural sinkhole, 120 feet deep and 500 feet wide. It was originally called the “Devil’s Millhopper” because bones and fossils were found at the bottom, and it resembled a “millhopper” funnel used in grist mills at the time. Locals thought the devil used this sinkhole to feed on the bodies of the living – hence the name.
The site has been a treasure trove of information for naturalists and geologists, and much has been learned about the natural history of Florida thanks to the plant and animal remains found in the sinkhole.
It also has a ghost story attached to it. Some say the devil had fallen in love with a local Indian woman, and he kidnapped her and ran into the forest, chased by a group of braves hoping to rescue her. The devil then broke open this enormous hole in the earth to escape, turning the braves to stone.
Some visitors swear they hear screaming and moaning at this location, particularly on a full moon.
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- 4732 Millhoppper Road
Gainesville, Florida 32653
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- 29.7045808, -82.39424609999998
- Alachua County, Florida
- Nearest Towns:
- Alachua, FL (3.7 mi.)
Gainesville, FL (5.5 mi.)
La Crosse, FL (9.6 mi.)
Brooker, FL (13.3 mi.)
Newberry, FL (13.4 mi.)
Archer, FL (14.2 mi.)
High Springs, FL (14.8 mi.)
Waldo, FL (14.8 mi.)
Micanopy, FL (15.4 mi.)
Worthington Springs, FL (15.6 mi.)
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