Devil’s Den, Williston:
Florida’s amazing system of underground springs includes Devil’s Den Spring, a privately owned scuba diving training center in Williston. Scuba divers and snorkelers descend into an underground spring inside a dry cave that has been home to many extinct animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene Age. Relicts are on display at The University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History.
Devils Den Spring has a 120-ft. surface diameter and averages a depth of 50 to 55 feet. The water is 72 degrees year round, which on cold winter mornings causes steam to rise through the cave’s chimney opening. The smoke caused early settlers to give Devil’s Den its name.
Lodging options include four cabins, a double-wide trailer, an RV Park and tent campgrounds.
Bought in 1993 by its current owners, this natural wonder has been transformed from a simple scuba diving site to a world class tourist attraction, with crystal clear water, ancient rock formations with stalactites, and fossil beds dating back 33 million years. Rental equipment for diving and snorkeling is available. There is no swimming and only service animals are allowed. Participants must be 18 years old or with a parent or legal guardian to complete an insurance liability waiver.
Devil’s Den Spring. Open Monday through Thursday 9a.m. to 5p.m., Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5390 Northeast 180th Ave., Williston, FL 32696. Phone (352) 528-3344.