Get Outdoors!

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.

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Alfred A. Ring Park

1801 NW 23rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32605
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 |
Cofrin Nature Park

Cofrin Nature Park

4810 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
352-334-5067 |
John Mahon Nature Park

John Mahon Nature Park

4101 W Newberry Rd
Gainesville, FL 32607
352-334-5067 |
Flowers at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

4700 SW 58th Dr
Gainesville, FL 32608
352-372-4981 |
Little Orange Creek outside

Little Orange Creek Nature Park and Event Center

24115 SE Hawthorne Rd
Hawthorne, FL 32640
352-481-2432 |
Loblolly Woods Nature Park

Loblolly Woods

3315 NW 5th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32607
352-334-5067 |
Historic home and car at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

18700 S CR 325
Hawthorne, Cross Creek, FL 32640
352-466-3672 |
bridge over santa fe river at oleno state park

O’Leno State Park

410 SE O'Leno Park Rd
High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-1853 |
Palm Point Nature Park

Palm Point Nature Park

7401 Lakeshore Dr
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-334-5067 |