It’s the trickle of water that catches your attention, the steady drip and splash down the rocky rim and into the depths of one of Florida’s largest sinkholes at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park.
Fees: $4 per vehicle
Open: 9-5 Wed-Sun
Leashed pets welcome; taking them down the staircase is not recommended.
Being able to walk beneath the sea grapes and relax on this natural beach is the reason that This yawning chasm has been a tourist attraction for nearly two centuries, a deep natural pit (500 feet across, 120 feet deep) where the water table – especially after a heavy rain – pours tall waterfalls down the slopes into a world unlike the one at the rim.
Slipping into a ravine that looks like it was stolen from the Appalachian Mountains, a staircase guides you more than 200 steps into the depths, where the water vanishes beneath a screen of needle palms and ferns into the earth. Peer closely to see unusual flora for this region – green dragon, cutleaf spleenwort, jack-in-the-pulpit, and lanceleaf wakerobin – sprouting in the cool basin at the bottom of this sinkhole.
Explore the park
- Devil’s Millhopper Nature Trail - The nature trail at Devil's Millhopper State Park circles the lip of an enormous sinkhole before plunging down into it on a series of staircases with views of natural waterfalls.