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Visit Both Nature and the Past at Morningside Nature Center

June 14, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Morningside Nature Center boardwalkCome soak up some of Florida’s natural beauty while simultaneously stepping back in time at Gainesville’s premier nature park, Morningside Nature Center.

Morningside Nature Center, located in Gainesville, FL, is a 268 acre preserve protecting the city’s largest remaining stand of longleaf pine. The center is crisscrossed with more than six miles of hiking trails leading through a variety of ecosystems. It’s also home to a popular, seasonal, Living History Farm that brings the 1870s to life today.

Best of all, it’s only a 20 minute drive from our Gainesville area inn, Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast!

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Discover Florida’s Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park!

February 27, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Devil's Millhopper Geological State ParkDevil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a 120 feet deep, prehistoric, limestone sinkhole containing a miniature rain forest and fossils of extinct animals.

There’s a gigantic, funnel-shaped hole in the ground just two miles northwest of Gainesville, Florida. This natural wonder measures an astonishing 500 feet across, 120 feet deep, and a circumference of almost a half-mile! This is the Devil’s Millhopper, a limestone sinkhole that has yielded fossilized shark teeth, seashells, and extinct land animals.

The Devil’s Millhopper is one of only two geological state parks in Florida. Prior to that lofty designation, it was described in a number of colorful ways. As the name suggests, there are many weird, old stories about this sinkhole. Native Americans, explorers, and settlers have all held their own, unsettling beliefs about the hole.

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