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.

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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Loblolly Woods Nature Park

Loblolly Woods

3315 NW 5th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32607
352-334-5067 |
Morningside Nature Center

Morningside Nature Center

3540 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-393-8240 |
O'Leno State Park

O’Leno State Park

410 SE O'Leno Park Rd
High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-1853 |
La Chua Trail

Paynes Prairie – La Chua Trail

4801 Camp Ranch Rd
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-466-3397 |
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667
352-466-3397 |
Poe Springs in High Springs

Poe Springs Park

28800 NW 182nd Ave
High Springs, FL 32643
352-264-6868 |
River Rise Preserve State Park

River Rise Preserve State Park

373 SW US Hwy 27
High Springs, FL 32643
386-454-1853 |
San Falasco forest

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

12720 NW 109 Ln
Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-7905 |
Solar Walk sign

Solar Walk

NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
View of Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park

35 SW Williston Rd
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-554-5871 |
Watermelon Pond Park Wetlands

Watermelon Pond

10700 SW 250th St
Newberry, FL 32669
352-264-6868 |