Most stretches of boardwalk will lead you to a pristine Florida beach - but this boardwalk takes you on a little adventure into the jungle. The new boardwalk at The Devil's Millhopper State Park has finally opened as of today - and leads you down to a gorgeous hidden mini rainforest.
Due to damage from Hurricane Irma, the boardwalk down into the sinkhole at The Devil's Millhopper Geological Area was completely destroyed and needed to be reassembled - after months of hard work, they finally unveiled their new boardwalk yesterday; you can see the new boardwalk below.
As of today, that brand new boardwalk is open and ready for public use, and we're so happy that it is. After not being able to fully explore this hidden gem, we've been feeling seriously deprived of the gorgeous nature views this park has to offer. The views are beautiful and were definitely worth the wait.
The boardwalk nestled among the trees is built into the sides of the Devil's Millhopper sinkhole, allowing you to unlock your inner Eliza Thornberry as you adventure toward the muddy pools at the bottom. While sinkholes are common in Florida, this unique sinkhole features over 100 meters of exposed strata rock and sinks 120 feet into the earth.
On your way down, admire the lush greenery as you feel like you've been transported into a miniature tropical rainforest. This unique sinkhole created a special canopy of trees that casts a soft shade over the entire boardwalk and bottom, which allows the plant life here to thrive - and will keep you cool during your trek down the steps.
Aside from the beautiful boardwalk, The Devil's Millhopper State Park also features a walking trail that loops through Florida's landscape and offers some fabulous and lush forest views - and dramatic forest nymph photo vibes. You can even bring your dog with you if you need a walking buddy.
It's only $4 per vehicle that seats up to 8 people to enter the park, which is super cheap for exploring this hidden treasure. Pedestrians or bicyclists get in even cheaper for a mere $2 - making The Devil's Millhopper a really affordable day out.
The Devil's Millhopper Sinkhole is located at 4732 Millhopper Rd. Gainesville FL 32653 and is open from 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday, with the park being closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.
Location: 4732 Millhopper Rd. Gainesville FL 32653
Hours: 9am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, the park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Why you need to go: A unique sinkhole that offers one of a kind tropical rainforest vibes - almost like being in the jungle. After the boardwalk was closed for months, it's finally open and ready to be explored again! If you're not a fan of going down into the jungle, the walking trails also offer some stunning views of Florida's forests and landscape.