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Gainesville Hawthorne - Horse Equestrian Trail

Horseback riding is allowed along the entire recreational trail.

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Paynes Prairie - Bicycling

Bicycling and rollerblading are permitted the entire length of the Trail.

Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

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Paynes Prairie - Fishing

Fishing is permitted at Prairie Creek and Lochloosa Creek from the trail bridges.


All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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Paynes Prairie - Hiking Nature Trail

Hiking is permitted on the entire length on the trail.

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Paynes Prairie - Pets

Well behaved dogs are allowed on a six foot hand-held leash on the Gainesville to Hawthorne State Trail.