Concluded my visit with these three parks..
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
- Ichetucknee State Park
Let’s start with Kanapaha Botanical Gardens…
What a lovely visit. Enjoyed the labyrinth, and the many gardens. Price is reasonable, and there are places to sit, and enjoy the gardens allure.
Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
While interesting, there is little to see at this Park. For those into geology an outdoor museum explains the sinkhole. It is a National Natural Landmark, and according to the literature researchers have studied fossil shark teeth, marine shells, and fossilized remains found here. There is a picnic area, and nature walk at the park.
Ichetucknee State Park
Had heard of this park for several years but never visited. It is a must see! The Park is spring fed, and has areas where one can snorkel, scuba, or take a tubing trip down the river. For those squeamish be aware wildlife abounds. While in one of the waterholes a venomous snake was nearby, and in tubing down the river you may view an alligator on the nearby shore or otters. My photos are limited, however, on my next visit will be sure to bring my camera as the water is smooth, and pictures would be amazing.
If bringing children have life jackets as while the pond small the current is strong due to the open crater on the pond floor. There is a rope on the dock should it be needed for dragging someone to dock. I am a strong swimmer but found myself challenged returning to the dock. By circling the pond edge return to the dock is easier.
It is a once in a life time experience.
There is a North and South entrance to the Park. Visit both – one will lead you to the tubing area and the other to the swimming holes described above. And as always….
Caveat: This concludes my blog for a bit as I am taking trips scheduled for 2019 and 2020. Will have much to report upon my return..