Florida has old stuff too: Devil’s Millhopper

Florida State Parks Travel

It’s a sinkhole, what more is there to say? But here are some pretty pictures…

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Actually, it is quite interesting. The sinkhole is believed to have formed more than ten thousand years ago and has become a valuable resource in providing researchers information on Florida’s natural history.

img_1748As you descend 120 feet to the pond below, you will notice the scenery and temperature change. It begins to resemble more of a mountainscape rather than tropical Florida.

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Everything seems a little more quiet, besides the streams of water flowing down the limestone rock. This water flows from twelve different springs into the pond below.

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Curious about the name? The shape of the geological site is said to resemble a mill’s hopper, the container used for grinding materials, and deep caverns in the ground have are often named after the devil. Thus, Devil’s Millhopper. ┬áThe site was named during the 1800’s.

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Devil’s Millhopper was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

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