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Bike, Hike or Just Change Your View – Explore Gainesville and Alachua County’s Bountiful Outdoor Open Spaces

North Florida is home to over 1,000 freshwater springs and the largest collection of First Magnitude fresh water springs in the United States. The springs are a perfect way to get outside and explore the natural side of the state. Did you know the crystal clear water flows from underground at a refreshing 72 degrees Fahrenheit, or 22 degrees Celsius, all year round? Make sure to add a visit to the springs to your Gainesville and Alachua County itinerary.

Find the park that suits you best! Most of the parks and trails in Alachua County have reopened including – Alachua County Parks, Playgrounds and Preserves including Poe Springs on weekends, city parks, Alachua Conservation Trust preserves and all Florida State Parks.

When enjoying the outdoors, please strictly adhere to public health safety guidelines, keep 6 feet away from others, avoid large groups of people and follow all State and local ordinances. Note that due to the changing environment and regulations, open hours are subject to change and some facilities may not be available.

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Horse jumping over obstacle, schooling in the outdoor arena

Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center

23100 W Newberry Rd
Newberry, FL 32669
352-472-6758
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Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries

21209 U.S. 301
Island Grove, FL 32654
352-317-6110 |
Barr Hammock North Trail

Barr Hammock Preserve

14920 SE 11th Dr
Micanopy, FL 32667
352-264-6868 |
Bivens Arm

Bivens Arm Nature Park

3650 S Main St
Gainesville, FL 32608
352-334-5067 |
Boulware Springs Park historic waterworks building

Boulware Springs Park and Historic Waterworks

3300 SE 15th St
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-334-5067 |
big cat at carson springs

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

8528 E CR 225
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 468-2827 |
Cellon Oak Park sunset

Cellon Oak Park

4100 NW 169th Pl
Gainesville, FL 32653
352-264-6868 |
Cofrin Nature Park

Cofrin Nature Park

4810 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
352-334-5067 |
Deep Springs Organic Farm

Deep Spring Farm

16419 W County Rd 1491
Alachua, FL 32615
352-507-8127 |
The Devil's Millhopper Boardwalk

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

4732 Millhopper Rd
Gainesville, FL 32653
352-955-2008 |
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