Exploring Devil’s Den

There is a state park in Arkansas named Devil’s Den with amazing hiking trails and mountain bike trails, but this blog is not about that location. This blog is about Devil’s Den Scuba Diving Resort  in Williston, Florida.

Devil's Den

This is one of Americas most pre-historic places, or so they claim. Here you will find an underground spring inside a dry karst cave. The age of the cave has been dated between 10,000 and 75,000 years old. The collapsed ceiling provides a unique chimney effect in the colder months allowing the warmer air lifting off the constant 70 degree spring to flow up through looking like a steaming cauldron.

Operating as a scuba diving resort you can not only enjoy the amenities above ground but you can dive and snorkel the cavern as well! They have all the gear you need available for rent and they are open year round except for Christmas Day. They offer diving and snorkeling classes and many advanced classes are held here for training police and fire personnel for rescue scenarios.

Devils Den

This is a great place for camping! With 100 acres you can really spread out. There are many RV spots, primitive tent camping locations and even a few cabins available for rental.

My trip took me there on a Tuesday and there were very few persons on the property at all. We were the only campers and no RV’s were present.

I visited Devil’s Den because I had the opportunity to join 6th grade students from a local magnet school, Gulf Coast Academy , for a field trip. The school curriculum focuses on math and science so this was a fantastic location for them to learn about a very unique natural wonder in Florida as well as have some summer fun!

Devils Den Picnic AreaSnorkeling lessons were on the  schedule and after they split into groups, the first bunch headed into the den to check out the spring, stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds. Other groups went next door for a tour of the botanical gardens and to visit the open diving area. The resort is also neighbors with Two Hawk Hammock offering horseback trail rides, Blue Grotto – another great diving location, and Two Tails Ranch Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary. You can plan a couple days or a full week here. Though they do not offer swimming in the “Den” they do have a swimming pool onsite.

MK Bison Visor and Go ProI was thrilled that I remembered to bring my MK Bison Visor and Go Pro Hero 3 Camera. Keeping up with these kids proved having these items essential. Talk about endless energy! Mounting the Go Pro on my visor was the best idea I had! I could still use my camera for photos, did not need sunglasses and was able to film a lot of the day’s activities. You can visit our You Tube Channel to check out the videos

Rain in the afternoon did not stop these kids! I taught them about Leave No Trace and why the principles were so important, then  they got to play some very unique games (Try guessing the word photosynthesis in charades with five 6th graders acting that one out!) with staff members from the school. I was not smarter than these 6th graders….

ENO at Devils DenBy the end of the day I was wiped out. As I climbed into my ENO hammock and listened to the rain pitter patter away at my tarp I slowly drifted off to sleep… with the ever present chitter-chatter and giggles of the kids in the nearby tents.  They were up till 1:30 am! Where did they get all that energy from? S’mores that’s where – bags and bags of sugar, chocolate and graham crackers. Next time  I need to partake so I can keep up!

We will be organizing at trip out to Devil’s Den later this year, why not it is a one stop location for adventure! We hope you can join us.

Check out my very first Go Pro Video of Devil’s Den at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdkfHLObFCI&list=UUX4Tj0S9KArczHyDGhmP9QA

For more information on Devil’s Den Spring and Scuba Diving Resort visit their website at: http://www.devilsden.com/

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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2 Responses to Exploring Devil’s Den

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  2. Timothy says:

    I am not surprised that you were exhausted by the end of the day! I have been to the Devil’s Den before. The staff is very friendly, and I enjoyed the snorkling classes a lot, they showed us beautiful places.

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