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Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, Gainesville

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a rail trail in Florida.It is protected as a 16mi long Florida State Park and runs from the City of Gainesville's Boulware Springs Water Works to the town of Hawthorne. It passes through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area along a former Seaboard Coast Line Railroad line. The property was purchased by the state of Florida from CSX Transportation with money from the "trails from rails" program in late 1989.Recreational activitiesActivities include hiking, running, cycling, rollerblading, and horseback riding. A grassy equestrian pathway is available except east of the Lochloosa trailhead.HoursThe Boulware Springs trailhead is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. November through April and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May through October. The Paynes Prairie portion of the trail is open from 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year.
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  • Nice bike trail, with great access to some good hiking. Absolutely nothing in Hawthorne if you're going all the way, so take food along. There's water available at both trailheads. One complaint - Poo...  read more »
  • I simply LOVE this trail. It is close to everything in the heart of Gainesville, FL. Bicycle, horse and run friendly. Oh, if you dig roller blading, this is also perfect for YOU! You might encounter c...  read more »
  • A must for cyclists, 17 miles one way with a wonderful variety of scenes. There's an offshoot to an overlook over our famous Payne's Prairie. I've ridden this for some 20 years & still enjoy thru all ...  read more »
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