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.
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.
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!
Snorkeling 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.
I 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….
By 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/