Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

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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.

If you've had a paranormal experience here, or have any additional information about this location, please let us know!

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    Geographic Information

    4732 Millhoppper Road
    Gainesville, Florida 32653
    United States

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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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    1. It is a beautiful, natural and serene place. It’s a shame they added “Devil” to the name, since some people will avoid it for that reason alone for their own reasons. Nothing devilish or haunted about it, at least not on a sunny, Sunday afternoon. The stairs are well constructed with plenty of landings to stop and rest and enjoy the different levels, with plenty of room for others to pass you. Expect to stay about an hour even if you take time to walk the path around the top of the hole. Only $2 per person.

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