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Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, Gainesville

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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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  • it had been a few years since I rode my bike here and was pleasantly surprised at upgrades pavement was smooth ,he addition of bathrooms on trail is great and of course the connector to main street ju...  more »
  • Well-structured and wooded trail, is an excellent choice for bike rides, cainhadas and other sports! For amateurs of physical exercise, is very worthwhile!
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  • This paved trail runs through woods and rural areas and is separated from the highway by a wooded area making it safe for any riders. It starts and ends in remote areas so expect to transport your bik...  more »