Nature Trail and Boardwalk

Gainesville, Florida 32606

Nature Trail and Boardwalk

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This 63-acre park has the most interesting name of any of Florida’s state parks. The site of a huge dry sinkhole—120 feet deep and 500 feet across—the millhopper obtained its name because of its funnel-like shape.

It stems from the practice of farmers in the 1800s of grinding grain in gristmills, which had a funnel-shaped container (called a hopper) to hold the grain as it was fed into the grinder. The sinkhole, because of the fossilized bones and teeth of ancient animals once found on the sinkhole bottom, was said to be a millhopper for feeding bodies to the devil. Thus the name Devil’s Millhopper."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
45 minutes
At ranger station
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Dec 2018