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Devil's Millhopper - CLOSED STILL?

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

ROUGH DRAFT

Mar 2018
 Typical view [?]
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Typical View (6)
GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? A *
Birding C
Wildlife D
Summer Heat A
Terrain A
Fun Hike Not Rated
Maintained D *
Mosquitos C
Biting Files A
Ticks C
NOTE: **IF THEY OPEN BOARDWALK**
NOTE: One year - still closed
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 4732 Millhopper Rd, Gainesville, FL, Alachua, USA, 32653

1) What It's Like

It was this very very deep sinkhole with different levels of plants, mini water falls, and temperature changes as you descended a boardwalk. Unfortunately since hurricane Irma the boardwalk has been closed (as of 10/2018 that's about a year) so this place is utterly pointless. The pictures - it looks like you'll see more if you just move over... no ... those photos are the best you will see if there while it is closed.

2) Kinds of Birds

Good chance for forest birds but not really why pepole come here. Go to San Felasco State Park up the road - nice trails and birds there.

3) Wildlife

Not really a hiking trail - so doubt you'll see much.

4) Amenities

There used to be a pretty nice boardwalk.

5) Dear Ranger

PLEASE GO TO YOUR WEBSITE AND PUT "SINKHOLE CLOSED SINCE HURRICANE IRMA" IN THE TITLE - you really have to do this. And put a big sign next to the entrance as well while you're at it. You're going to give a lot of people a bad time not to warn them they drove several hours for no reason.


6) Time Requirements

If it's open - it's 232 steps to the bottom. I haven't done this in years so can't recall how long that takes - I want to say it wouldn't take more than an hour.

Experience

It was this very very deep sinkhole with different levels of plants, mini water falls, and temperature changes as you descended a boardwalk. Unfortunately ever since hurricane Irma the boardwalk has been closed to all execpt the locals who jump the barrier. You'd think such a high profile park would be fixed after a year but the State of Florida government is very Republican dominated and they get off on not spending the public's money on the public. Not sure why they keep the park open because there is basically nothing there execpt the boardwalk. I mean you can look in the direction of the hole but you aren't going to see much but trees around it.

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