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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Runners on the track at Fred Cone Park

Fred Cone Park

2841 East University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-334-5067 |
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

3400 SE 15 St
Gainesville, Hawthorne, FL 32641
352-466-3397 |
Gum Root Park

Gum Root Park

7300 NE 27th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609
352-334-5067 |
Splash Park

Hal Brady Recreation Complex

14300 NW 146 Ter
Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-0145 |
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) 359-2603 |
Loblolly Woods Nature Park

Loblolly Woods

3315 NW 5th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32607
352-334-5067 |
Lubee bat

Lubee Bat Conservancy

1309 NW 192nd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609
352-485-1250 |
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 |

Mill Creek Farm

20307 NW CR 235A
Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-1001 |
MLK Jr. Multi-purpose Recreation Center

MLK Center

1028 NE 14TH St
Gainesville, FL 32601
352-393-5053 |