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Parks and Trails Open in Gainesville and Alachua County

With many park closures, it may be difficult to figure out where you can still go for outdoor relaxation, recreation and exercise. Visit Gainesville, Alachua County compiled a list, with photos and descriptions, of parks and open areas to feature What’s Good Now – outdoor areas that remain open as of publishing. Please note that due to the changing environment and regulations open hours are subject to change. We ask that you please adhere strictly to public health safety guidelines, keep 6 feet away from others and follow all State and local ordinances.

Albert Ray Massey Westside Park
1001 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
A winding walking trail, tennis courts and open fields offer a chance to stretch your legs.

Barr Hammock North Trail

Barr Hammock Preserve 
Levy Loop Trail: 14920 SE 11th Dr., Micanopy FL 32667
South Trail: 300 SE 175th Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667
Bike or hike the 6.5 mile Levy Loop Trail. 13 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian users are featured at Barr Hammock South. Keep an eye out for alligators and other wildlife including birds and otters.

Boulware Springs Park historic waterworks building

Boulware Springs
3300 SE 15th St., Gainesville, FL 32641
See the historic source of Gainesville’s water at the pump house located next to the spring which feeds water into Paynes Prairie. Boulware Springs is a trailhead for the 16-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail, with connections to additional trails through Gainesville at Depot Park.

Sunset at Cellon Oak Park
Sunset at Cellon Oak Park

Cellon Oak Park
4100 NW 169th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32653
Find the Cellon Oak, the largest Live Oak tree in Florida. The oak’s circumference is 30 feet, it is 85 feet tall and its crown spread is 160 feet. 

Depot Park Nature Trail

Depot Park
874 SE 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Head to the nature trail at the Southern end of the park and look for birds, turtles and native plants surrounding the water ponds.

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
4732 Millhopper Rd., Gainesville, FL 32653
Minutes from downtown Gainesville, peer into the 120-foot sinkhole from a winding nature trail.

Dudley House
Dudley House

Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669
See an authentic working farmstead with buildings built between the 1880s and 1930s.

Fred Cone Park
2841 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641
Burn off some extra energy on the 400m rubberized track and multipurpose field.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
3400 SE 15 St. ,Gainesville FL 32641
The 16-mile mixed use path stretches from the trailhead at Boulware Springs, through scenic Paynes Prairie Preserve and other conservation lands to Hawthorne, FL.

Gum Root Park
7300 NE 27th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609
Located next to hundreds of acres of state conservation land, the trails offer a great location for wildlife viewing and birding.

John Mahon Nature Park

John Mahon Nature Park
4300 W Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32607
Walk the shaded loop trail and keep an eye out for birds under the tree canopy.

towering bamboo collection at Kanapaha Botanical gardens - photo by Ryan coffer photography

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608
Explore diverse collections like the largest public display of bamboo in Florida or the largest herb garden in the Southeast.

Lake Alto Preserve
14500 NE CR 1471, Waldo FL 32694
Bike or hike through the trails with an excellent view of Lake Alto from the dock.

Loblolly Woods
3315 NW 5th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607
Tucked away in the center of Gainesville, nature trails lined with Loblolly Pines and Southern Magnolias reveal the flowing waters of Hogtown Creek.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek FL 32640 
Walk back in time to the 1930s homestead of Pulitzer-prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Mill Creek Preserve
14505 NW County Rd 236, Alachua, FL 32615
Hike through the southernmost extent of Appalachian hardwood forest, look for wildflowers and creeks flowing through the undulating landscape.

Morningside Nature Center
3540 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641
Spot wildlife and look for wildflowers on miles of trails through longleaf pine forest. 

Newnan’s Lake State Forest
1404 NE 55th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32641
Bike and hike on the West side of Newnan’s Lake and enjoy shaded trails and wildlife viewing. The Pithlachocco Bicycle Trail leads to views of the lake.

O’Leno State Park
410 SE O’Leno Park Rd., High Springs, FL 32643
One of Florida’s first state parks developed in the 1930s. Trails feature views of the Santa Fe River before it disappears underground and reemerges three miles away in River Rise Preserve State Park.

Palm Point Nature Park

Palm Point Nature Park
7401 Lakeshore Dr., Gainesville, FL 32641
Look for wildflowers, alligators and birds overlooking Newnan’s Lake.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy FL 32667
Find alligators, hundreds of species of birds, wild horses and even herds of bison at this diverse preserve featuring over 30 miles of trails.

Possum Creek Park
4009 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32653
A skate park, open fields, a nature trail and a dog park offer room to get outside.

River Rise Preserve State Park
373 SW US Hwy 27, Fort White FL 32643
Near High Springs, the Santa Fe River reemerges after going underground at O’Leno State Park. Visitors can explore 35-miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

Single track trail winding through trees

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
13201 Progress Blvd. Alachua FL 32615
Birding, hiking, equestrian and off-road cycling trails are features of 7,630-acre preserve. The hiking-only trailhead at the southern portion of the park is located at 11101 Millhopper Road, Gainesville, FL 32653.

Sweetwater Preserve
309 SE 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Bike or hike on trails adjacent to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

Sweetwater Wetlands Palm Tree trail

Sweetwater Wetlands Park
325 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32601
Walk along miles of crushed gravel and raised boardwalks and look for hundreds of species of birds. Other wildlife include wild horses and alligators.

Tom Petty Park
400 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Tennis courts, a dog park and an open field highlight this park named after the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Tuscawilla Preserve
SE Tuscawilla Rd, Micanopy, FL
Across from Micanopy’s Native American Preserve Park
GPS coordinates: 29°30’08.4″N 82°16’11.2″W
Hiking trails overlook Lake Tuscawilla with opportunities for wildlife viewing.

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