Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

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A 63 acre park with a sinkhole as the main feature. The sinkhole is 117 feet deep and 500 feet across. The rim of the sinkhole is a nature trail. There is a picnic area, restrooms, and an interpretive center that provides exhibits that explain the park's history and how it got it's name. They offer guided tours on Saturday's.
Trail length: 1 miles
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  • Posted by Melissa Peacock on February 7, 2012
      

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    Reviewed by Sarah Hikes on February 16, 2012

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    This is a unique place to visit in Central Florida. It is a small state park built around a huge sinkhole. There is a stairway trail going around the sinkhole and up to the top so that you can look down into it. If you visit during the rainy season you will see small trickles of water flowing down into the hole. They have a nice information center set up that tells you all about how it formed and the history behind it.
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    Reviewed by LightFoot on February 16, 2012

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    At Devil's Millhopper, there are mature pines and oaks on the trail surrounding the sinkhole. The ground is sandy and covered in pine straw. When its raining, there is a waterfall effect as the water moves down into the sink. This was a quick and easy hike, mostly because the park is so small. It was refreshing to see some kind of elevation change in flat central Florida.
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    Reviewed by Melissa Peacock on February 7, 2012

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    This was a different hiking experience "A Sinkhole" There was a whole lot of history that went along with this hike. I really enjoyed this park. It took you 232 steps straight down into a lush tropical sinkhole that had waterfall's (small right now) all dripping into the hole. The name "Devil's Millhopper" was given to this site because it's previous use in the 1800's was a grain mill and as the grains were grinded and dropped into a funnel-shaped container called a "hopper" the farmers believed that the fossilized bones and teeth from the early life forms were being fed in the bottom of the sink or sinkhole. The legend has it that the millhopper was what fed bodies to the devil. This is the only Geological site in Florida's State system.
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