The Devil’s Den and Williston Florida – Diving the Underground River
As we walked around the lake we were unaware that we were missing the best view. The path to a big hole in the ground looking down into the underground river was not marked clearly. We soon found our way and a viewing platform allows you to see the divers as they prepare to head into the caves. The Devil’s Den and Williston Florida have a number of similar ecological sites.
This hole in the ground was made by the collapse of the ceiling of a chamber containing the river. In other words, the roof fell in! This grotto opened up to reveal the river and cave system. In the caves, divers have found prehistoric animal and human bones dating back to 7500 BC.
You can snorkel the 72-degree waters around the opening of Devil’s Den. Cave divers require a secondary level of training to handle the special skills and safety requirements of caves.
The Devil’s Den has several rentable large picnic pavilions for group functions. We didn’t see anyone swimming in the lake on the property which appeared to be taken over by algae. However, the lake is loaded with freshwater fish. We saw bluegills and small bass along the banks.
The Devil’s Den is a private attraction and not operated by the state of Florida or local governments.
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Williston May Be Center of Prehistoric Activity
While doing research about Williston, we kept running across articles about fossils, new discoveries of prehistoric animals and, of course, the bones found in the caves of Devil’s Den.
We find it interesting that this area seems to be a hotbed for animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Below are links and information about nearby discoveries.
New Species of Heron Found – thousands of years old.
Florida Museum of History Discussion and Map
Native American History Near Williston
These sites and the research we have done leads us to believe that Williston may have been an area where prehistoric creatures converged. There is some evidence, according to researchers, that there was a river that ran through the Williston area many millions of years ago. That river may have been a place to seek water, food and shelter for animals.
We do know that in our travels around Florida, we haven’t seen any other area with so much historical evidence of prehistoric creatures.
This video shows the discovery of a huge site near Williston containing fossils that are millions of years old. This location is one of the largest finds in North America.
The Devil’s Den and Williston, Florida can make a great road trip in Florida.