This past weekend, we were in Gainesville for a soccer tournament, so we decided to stop by and check out Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park. I had been wanting to go there for a while, so it was perfect timing since we would be in the area.
Considering we went at the beginning of February it will look a bit different for those who visit during the summer. In the winter you can see that the trees have lost their leaves and there's not nearly as much greenery as there would be during a summer time visit. However, by visiting during the winter we also avoid the bugs. I imagine visiting in the summer it would be a bit buggy and very hot, so I'm happy that we had a winter visit, even if it meant less greenery.
Devil's Millhopper is a large natural sinkhole that goes 120 feet down. When you get down there, which is kind of like going down into a big bowl, you will find a rainforest atmosphere. There are 132 steps to see the sinkhole and the rainforest atmosphere surrounding it. If you have mobility issues that make it difficult to navigate steps then you will not want to attempt this flight of stairs down. However, you can still see the sinkhole without going down the stairs. You won't get as good of a view, but it's still a nice view from the top around the rim of the sinkhole.
Once you make your way down the stairs you can feel and hear the rainforest setting. It's great! There are numerous natural waterfalls and the sound of them is beautiful. The platform offers a great place to stand and have the sinkhole be the backdrop for pictures.
Devil's Millhopper does allow leashed dogs. The park also offers a short nature walk (around .60 miles total). There is a per car entrance fee that is paid using the honor system as you come into the park. It was $4 for the car at this time.
It's well worth stopping off to see this sinkhole if you will be in the area. It's beautiful, serene, and unique! Here is a video and some pictures I took at Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park: