Find your way to Newnans Lake State Forest on the east side of Gainesville, and you can ride your mountain bike on the Lake Pithlachocco trail down to the Newnans Lake shore, or you can hike along the West Trail to Sunnyland Creek. Eagles, cypress trees, and swamp chestnut oaks are waiting for you.

Newnans Lake State Forest (NLSF) contains over 1,000 acres of natural lands just east of Gainesville, managed by the Florida Forest Service. NLSF headquarters is co-located with the Waccasassa Forestry Center Office at 5353 NE 39th Avenue. The two trail-heads are located along State Road 26 at (mountain bike) 1404 NE 55th Blvd, and (hiking) 1011 NE 55th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32641. Newnans Lake lies just east of the forest. Sunnyland Creek, Lake Ridge Creek and Lake Forest Creek flow through the forest into the 6,000 acre lake. The Florida Forest Service manages public land for multiple uses, including timber management, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and conservation. Recreational opportunities on NLSF include a 1-mile hiking trail opened in 2015. The West Trail has been added to Florida’s State Forest Trailwalker Program. The parking area for the West Trail is on the west side of State Road 26. In 2016 the 5.5 mile Lake Pithlachocco Bicycle Trail was opened, starting on the east side State Road 26. Signage and wooden fencing identifies the parking areas for these trails. Although there are no launch sites on the state forest, canoeists and kayakers can launch from public facilities on the southern and eastern shores of Newnans Lake and paddle along the lakeshore and into the swamps and streams of the forest. NLSF is an Operation Outdoor Freedom program site and provides recreational opportunities to wounded veterans.

Facility Amenities: Free Admission

Admission: Free

Open From (Hour): Daylight Hours

This attraction should take approx: (hours): 2

Recreation Type: Biking, Birding, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Parks, Trails