Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is the top attraction in the Gainesville area for
naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts, from birders to hikers and bikers. Also a
National Landmark, Paynes Prairie is biologically and historically, geologically,
and historically unique. The Great Alachua Savannah, as William Bartram called
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The house at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is a prime example of
Cracker architecture, an adaption to the interior North Florida climate developed
by pioneers in the 1850's. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings called this Florida
backwoods homestead her "place of enchantment". This is where she wrote "The
You can bicycle from Gainesville, along the north rim of the Paynes Prairie State
Preserve, all the way to the east end of the trail in Hawthorne just two blocks from
the Hawthorne Historical Museum. Most riders find the trail to be easy to
moderate in difficulty, with a few hills. The trail is rarely interrupted by road
Video / Photos. A National Natural Landmark, Devil's Millhopper Geological State
Park is a miniature rain forest at the bottom of a bowl-shaped cavity 120 feet deep
. Lush vegetation thrives, even in hot dry summers, thanks to the small streams
that trickle down the steep slopes of the limestone sinkhole. General; Recreation. ...
The San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is a rare example of mature
Florida hammock woodland. Much of the 7350 acre park is designated for hiking,
providing quiet solitude for a true wilderness experience. The remaining
comprises one of Florida's top mountain biking destinations. Unmatched for its
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Find your way to Newnans Lake State Forest on the east side of Gainesville, and
you can ride your mountain bike on the Lake Pithlachocco trail down to the
Newnans Lake shore, or you can hike along the West Trail to Sunnyland Creek.
Eagles, cypress trees, and swamp chestnut oaks are waiting for you. Newnans
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O'Leno State Park is one of Florida's first state parks. Along with River Rise
Preserve State Park, these state parks offer over 6,000 acres of camping,fishing,
swimming, canoeing, hiking, cycling and many miles of equestrian trails. Some of
the most diverse recreation in the area can be found here. The distinctive
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River Rise Preserve State Park derives its name from the area where the Santa
Fe River reemerges after going underground within O'Leno State Park.
Surrounded by quiet woods and huge trees visitors can enjoy a day of fishing,
hiking, biking or horseback riding. River Rise Preserve State Park provides
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